UPDATE: Congratulations to B.R. Paulson for winning the ARC of FATED. Thanks to all of the wonderful people who left comments!
All of the Writing with the Stars Finalists should be congratulated! They worked hard and it paid off. I am fortunate to be the mentor to Maeve Greyson, a wonderful lady who writes about seriously hot heroes. We’ve gotten to know each other a bit through the contest, and I’m thankful for our friendship. Today I’d like to post an interview with Maeve so you can see what I mean.
1) Hi Maeve! Congratulations on being a Writing with the Stars Finalist. Why don’t you tell us a bit about your story?
Thank you, Rebecca, for your warm welcome! I’m so thrilled to have finaled in the Writing with the Stars contest with Eternity’s Mark. My heroine Hannah discovers those bedtime stories her grandmother used to tell her are becoming all too real. As the last one fated to save the sacred Draecna race, her only hope of surviving lies in the hands of a handsome brooding warrior. The longer Taggart protects Hannah, the hotter the yearning to make her his mate. But as half a beast and exiled from his land, how could he hope Hannah would accept his secrets and welcome his eternal mark?
2) I know you just returned from traveling in magical lands—tell us about your trip. Do you think it will impact your writing and if so, how?
I’m happy to say I was lucky enough to tour both Scotland and Ireland for a wonderful eleven days. Both countries enriched my soul with glorious countryside and lovely people. In fact, the lands were so magical…I ignored the fact that I broke my foot on the very first day and I limped my way through the lochs and castles. Of course, my husband would call it stubbornness. I prefer to think of it as being so enchanted with the sights that I couldn’t bear to miss a moment of the trip so, I waited until I returned home to see the doctor about a walking cast. Since all my stories are flavored with a “bit of the Celt”, I think now that I’ve actually touched the hallowed ground, I’ll be able to breathe more of the magic of Scotland and Ireland into my tales. I’ve shinnied my way up a twisting castle staircase. I know firsthand the chill of the stones and the whistling of the wind blowing in from the loch.
3) What was your motivation for becoming a writer?
I began writing to provide an escape from reality for my mother when she became seriously ill. Now that she’s gone, I’ve discovered she wasn’t the only one who benefited from escaping the stresses and fears of real life. Disappearing into my fantasy worlds is the best way to end a long day.
4) What is the most challenging aspect of being a writer?
Perseverance. Some days it can be difficult to ignore the negative words and to stifle that wicked little voice inside my head telling me that I should just give up.
5) Do you have any advice for other writers?
Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.
6) Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’m so thankful to be a part of the Writing with the Stars contest. I’ve met so many wonderful new friends and experienced such an outpouring of camaraderie and warmth. No matter the outcome of the contest, I feel like I’ve already won.
And you can find all of the round one Writing With the Stars entries on the RT Website. Don’t forget to vote!
Now: Maeve just traveled to Ireland and Scotland. How FUN! Where’s the most interesting place you’ve visited and why? I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win both a signed coverflat and ARC of FATED, my debut book from Kensington Brava. The coverflat will be sent immediately, and the ARC will be sent as soon as I get them, which should be soon.
Maeve Greyson writes her paranormal romances tucked away in a five acre sanctuary in western Kentucky. Her husband of over thirty-one years caters to her whims while she pecks away at the keyboard. Her writing partner, Jasper the dog, listens closely for the words “The End”. Because he knows that signals a walk in the woods.
Maeve can also be found here: