Hello, readers! I am joined today by author Maureen A. Miller. In addition to writing she also runs Just Romantic Suspense and Just Contemporary Romance. Talk about a busy lady! Let’s get to know her a bit!
To start off, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi all. I’m Maureen, and I’m a Romantic Suspense author. Okay, I’m also a Young Adult Science Fiction author, but we all go through those strange phases in our life. 🙂 I like cheese puffs and anything with mozzarella on it. I also like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (minus the mozzarella). I am completely uncoordinated so it is understandable that I write. I’m one of those people who should wear body armor walking down the sidewalk. If there’s something to trip on…I’ll find it!
Have you been writing “forever” and if not, when/how did you decide to write?
I started in the seventh grade with my blockbuster story, Super Watermelon Man. Many years later I wrote my first Romantic Suspense novel. Someone suggested I submit it to the Golden Hearts (which I knew nothing about at that tender age), and low and behold, I got the call that I was a finalist. That definitely kick-started my career and lust for writing.
What genres do you typically write?
I am primarily a Romantic Suspense author. That is where my heart is. I went off on a tangent to write the BEYOND series, a young-adult, science fiction, romance trilogy. I confess, I wrote the series because as a kid I used to have a big crush on the original Starbuck. I imagined him coming down in a Colonial Viper and whisking me away on romantic adventures in space. That pretty much sums up the BEYOND series plot! LOL
Do you read in the same genres you write?
Absolutely! Sometimes (and please don’t repeat this to anyone) sometimes I will sneak a Regency in there. (gasp!) We used to read books under the blankets with our flashlights on when we didn’t want to get caught. That’s how I read a Regency these days. I feel like I’m betraying my genre! 🙂
Where do you find your inspiration and ideas for your stories?
I daydream. If the daydream becomes a recurring one, then I’ll write about it.
What is the strangest thing a reader has ever said to you?
A reader once said that she enjoyed books with pigs and baseball in them. I had to think about that for a few seconds and then realized that EMOTIONAL WAVES is a romantic suspense novel that happens to have pigs and baseball in it.
What do you love most about the romance writing world?
Oh gosh, where do I begin? I love the authors, I love the readers. Every time I pick up a new book I do the same Snoopy dance of excitement. Is there any better world than one that promises you Happily Ever Afters on a consistent basis?
What do you have coming up?
MIST, the second book in my Blue-Link series will be coming out soon. These books are all stand-alone, but they revolve around an enigmatic woman who runs BLUE-LINK, a global company investigating risk management for startup operations around the world. The first book in the series, SHADOW takes place in New Jersey and London. MIST takes place in Maine and Nova Scotia.
You guys rock! Anyone who reads, rocks! I want to just reach through the screen and give you a big bear hug. And to the authors at Magical Musings…you know I adore you!
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Thanks to Maureen for visiting us today! I remember getting my hands on one of her books years ago and couldn’t stop at just one. She is a fantastic storyteller. Even though I am not a fan of Young Adult or Science Fiction, I loved her romantic suspense books enough that I figured I would give her YA a try. I was surprised how captivated by her BEYOND books. I hope you all get the chance to read something by Maureen.
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Have you ever branched out to read in a new genre simply because you loved the author’s writing in another genre?