Nana Malone

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 01, 2010

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Game, Set, Match | Romance | September 10, 2010

Please tell us your latest news!

My debut novel Game, Set, Match was just released by The Wild Rose Press.

Off the court, tennis star Jason Cartwright's playboy image is taking a public beating. On the court, he's down forty-love. A knee injury is shutting down his game, and the paparazzi are splashing his love life on every magazine. A comeback is in order, but the makeover he needs to save his faltering career is in the hands of the woman he loved and left fifteen years ago.

While single-mom, Izzy Connors, sees people for who they really are through the lens of her camera, even without it, she knows Jason isn't the star he appears to be. Although his charm and good looks haven't dimmed since he broke her heart, all she sees is his wasted talent and playboy lifestyle.

Can Izzy put the past behind her and help Jason get his game, and his image, back on track? Or will the click of her camera shatter his world as well as his heart?

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

Oh boy, the tough questions. There are always scenes that get edited out that you really wish you could include. But at the end of the day, you and y our editor come to terms with what will make the book the best that it can be and move your characters forward.

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

Must I pick just one? It depends by genre. Hmm. Lately, I'm loving Misty Evans. Her Super Agent series has kept em up late reading on more than one occasion. I'm absolutely in love with her strong heroines.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I'd say I'm funny, but poignant. At least that's what I aim for. I hope my characters make people laugh out-loud in places and make people want to cry in a few others.

Do you see writing as a career?

Oh absolutely! I've been at this eleven years now. I'ts not exactly a flash in the pan. Though, when I told my family, they thought something must have been lost in translation. Oddly, "writer" sounded nothing like Engineer, Doctor or Lawyer. For a young girl from a strict Ghanaian family, writing as a profession wasn't even an option.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Though I've always been a voracious reader, my writing career started with Bridget...Jones that is. I was in New York hating pretty much every aspect of my PR job but the writing when I picked up Bridget Jones's Diary from the library. After I stayed up all night to finish it, I wished I could do that, put words to paper and make people laugh or cry or cringe. Then I thought, why not.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, learn, and stay focused on your goals. Sounds simple doesn't it? All kinds of things will act as obstacles. But if this is your dream you won't let anything stand in the way of it.

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

For a young girl from a strict Ghanaian family, writing as a profession wasn't even an option. Though, now, I think they're proud of long as I keep my day job. Lol. I think my father would pass out if he read Game, Set, Match. My mother will read it, but I'll have to figure out a way to sanitize the steamy love scenes for her.

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

I've had many a job. Telemarketer, Nanny, Retail, Public Relations, Call Center Operater, Talent Agent and most recently, Project Manager. I don't write full time yet, but it's most certainly in the plan.

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

I'm a total hyper plotter. I usually do a couple of outlines, using several techniques I leaned over the years, plotting by motivation, plotting with mythic structure, the W Diagram. Then I do a fast draft, giving myself less than a month to complete the first draft, then it's on to the dreaded edits. So many times the characters laugh at my hyper plotting and just do what they like, so I spend a good deal of time making sure my threads are tied off.

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)

Just be and my trusty laptop. I call her Nora in the hopes she'll guide me to a spectacular career.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

I wish. With a day job and a new baby, I grab five minutes when I can. I keep notepads everywhere, next to the shower, next to the bed, in the kitchen, on the coffee table, in the car. I never know when I'll have a spare minute and an idea will hit.

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Thank you so much to Night Owl Reviews for giving me the opportunity to chat with your readers about Game, Set, Match.