A GHOST OF A CHANCE | a paranormal romantic comedy | Book I in the Ghost Series | RELEASE DATE: JUNE 15, 2011 | Resplendence Publishing
Keenan Swanson is your typical, everyday graphic designer. Well, except for the hundreds of pesky, prank-loving poltergeists that make his life interesting (in a Chinese curse sort of way). He finds his situation precarious yet manageable-until witty, smoking-hot coworker Isabella enters the scene and Keenan decides he wants her all for himself. With a horny succubus who has other ideas, a burly city cop determined to lock Keenan away, and an evil entity who's hell-bent on using Keenan's seed to create a living demon, the reluctant psychic realizes he just might not come out of this alive-or with heart intact.
"Hysterical and very original!" - 2-Time Rita Winner Wendy Warren
Please describe your writing environment.
I have a little office between our two bedrooms upstairs lined with bookshelves, a big beautiful desk and all my little charms. On the walls are the two original paintings by Derrick Freeland of the book covers for my Starsight Series and an exquisite stained glass dragon that greets me every morning. I collect elephants, dragons, and Buddhas; don't ask me why... :o)
Please tell us your latest news!
I'm so pleased to present my latest work, A GHOST OF A CHANCE, a paranormal romantic comedy that pits a reluctant psychic against ghosts, angels, demons, and one confused cop in this comedy of disasters that should leave you laughing in public. Available June 22nd, it is the first book of three in my newest Ghost Series.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Big questions... Honestly, I have a secret passion for Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. I think deep down I'm a mystery fan first and foremost, even though I don't write it. There is something about the quirky narrative of Nero's right hand man Archie Goodwin (whom I wanted to marry the first time I read one of these books). I've read them all, which is really saying something. I think there are about 50. Anyway, Rex Stout has inspired me as a writer to keep things simple and straight forward, for which he is a master. I would LOVE to write the way that man did...
What main genre do you write in?
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Finding time... I work full time and have a very busy "outside" life, plus have to devote a lot of time to promoting. It makes it hard to get projects done, but fortunately, I write very quickly. I can usually crank out between 2000-3000 per day when I am allowed the time. I have to take trips to get away sometimes so I can concentrate.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My dear husband has been my supporter, my critic, my right hand, and a blessing in every aspect of my life. I read him everything I write, and he listens patiently to every word, giving me suggestions, ideas, or just simply laughing out loud, which always does my soul good. He is absolutely the ground on which I have built my foundation. After 18 years, we still hold hands and make googly eyes at each other. My kids are constantly groaning at us!
Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.
I write children's books under M. A.. Smith - Since I write romance under my real name and sometimes it is rather risky, I thought it best to have a different name for children's books.
Do you like to mix genres?
I'm not called the Schizophrenic Muse for nothing! I've never met a genre I didn't like. Currently, I have 2 epic fantasy/sci-fi books, 3 historical romances, a children's book, a paranormal romantic comedy, and an urban fantasy thriller. Variety is the spice of life!
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I just finished Dan Brown's Lost Symbols. It was a very good book and kept me turning the pages (very fast paced). The characters were wonderful (including an ingenious antagonist) and there were thrills and spills enough to keep anyone going. I thought he was a little preachy at the end. The story ended, but then there are 30 or more pages of the characters discussing spirituality combining with science. It was very interesting at first, but there was little story in these discussions so I lost interest. Otherwise, it's a great book.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
I sold my first book at the beginning of 2007 and the email I got sent me screaming through the house and doing the happy dance. I still get thrilled with each one, but that first one was just amazing.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
I would love to sit and chat with Julius Caesar or Constantine. Their influence over the ancient world was unparalleled in any age after them. It would be fascinating to see how their minds worked.