Maria Geraci

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: November 17, 2010

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The Boyfriend of the Month Club | Berkley, Penguin USA | Women's Fiction | December 7, 2010

Please tell us your latest news!

I'm very excited about my upcoming release, The Boyfriend of the Month Club. It's a romantic comedy about a woman who turns her dysfunctional book club into a boyfriend club, where members come together to discuss the men they've dated, comparing them to classic literary heroes and villains.

The book has been getting some really great advance reviews, like this one from Publishers Weekly.

"Geraci (Bunco Babes Tell All) fills the fluffy but enjoyable story with literary references, and her leading lady is endearingly flawed. Romance readers will revel in the Austen-perfect happy ending and the warm friendship among members of the club."

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Gosh, I love editing and I edit and edit until the book is pried from my hands. But I have to say, I'm really pleased with how this book turned out, so no, I wouldn't change anything.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love authors who can make me laugh. Humor is so difficult to write! Jennifer Crusie, Sophie Kinsella, Janet Evanovich, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, those are just a few of my must buy authors.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in 3rd person, using just my heroine's point of view. It's worked well for me so far.

Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I've always been a huge reader, but I never saw myself as a writer until I began writing seriously 8 years ago on a whim. I think most writers would say that they were inspired to write by their love of reading.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write every day and read every day. Always listen to constructive criticism, then listen to your gut. And edit. Edit. Edit.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

They're very proud of me. My kids don't read my books, but my husband and the rest of my family does. My sister and my mom are my biggest fans!

Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?

I work part-time outside the home as a registered nurse (Labor and Delivery). I love the time I spend at my desk writing, but I'm also a huge extrovert and need face-to-face time with real people. Plus, I still have to save money to get my kids through college!

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I outline a 3 or 4 page synopsis and run this by my agent or editor to see if she thinks the idea is any good. If she likes it, then I'll start writing. I use the synopsis as a broad outline, but I let the characters take over the story and let the story unfold naturally. In other words, I chuck the synopsis if it isn't working.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)

Coffee. And lots of it!

What main genre do you write in?

Mainstream Fiction, Romance

Thank you so much, Night Owl Reviews for the opportunity to let readers get to know me a little better!

If you'd like to read more about me or my books, please visit my website.