Thursday, March 24, 2011
FREE eBook Giveaway- Interview With Author Maeve Greyson
Hello, and welcome to the first author interview on the new blog. I had the pleasure in interviewing author Maeve Greyson.
After reading the below interview with Maeve, don't forget to leave a comment because one lucky person will win a FREE eBook copy of her book, BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER.
You do NOT need an e-reader like Kindle or Nook to enter. The book will be emailed directly to you and you can read it right on your PC. This event runs until Saturday morning.
BIO: Hidden away in her wooded sanctuary in Western Kentucky, Maeve pounds on the keyboard, converting her dreams into paranormal romances. Her amazingly patient husband of over thirty years caters to her needs while her writing partner, Jasper the dog, supervises her progress. An assortment of wildlife stirs up the mix and keeps life interesting while she records the whispers of her dreams.
Thanks for being here, Maeve. It’s a pleasure.
Thank you for inviting me into your cyber home, Kelly!
#1- Tell us a little about yourself outside of your writing career…
There’s really very little to tell. I’ve been married to the same man for over thirty-one years. We traipsed around the world during the first ten years of our marriage while he served in the U. S. Air Force. Then we decided it was time to come home, so we returned to our Kentucky roots. Two daughters and one granddaughter keep life interesting while we count down the days until we both retire from our day jobs.
#2- Can you tell us a bit about the book in this giveaway and where the inspiration came from?
BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER is the tale of a beguiling Scot from the 1400’s. Latharn Mackay is cursed into a crystal orb when a seductive witch rages against his withheld love. But hope is not lost. The woman destined for him can break the curse by whispering her love aloud while in the presence of the globe. But a few minor problems cloud the way. Nessa is six hundred years in the future and Latharn can only visit her dreams with a silent presence. If he speaks, the curse will shatter his soul into bits. And then there’s still the matter of the sorceress. You know an enraged woman is going to have the final say…unless love proves more powerful.
Latharn and Nessa’s story came to me in a recurring dream. I realize it might sound silly but it’s true. Until I “listened” and started plotting out the story, I’d wake each morning remembering bits and pieces of dialogue, sounds, and sometimes even particular scents. Once I started writing the book, the dreams stopped as the story unfolded on the page. I’ve never had that happen with any of my other works in progress. Latharn and Nessa were VERY persistent to have their story told. ;-)
#3- How do you handle the negative reviews and critiques you receive?
I won’t lie to you. I don’t have a good enough memory to be a liar. Negative reviews and harsh critiques sting and burn like hell. When I receive one, I need to be alone a while so; I always seek the peace and quiet of the woods surrounding our home. Jasper, my writing partner who also happens to be dog, and I go for a stroll and take a lot of deep breaths. Then I come back. Sit down and re-read the painful missive and try to learn as much from it as I can. I’m not perfect and I don’t know it all. I won’t stop learning until my ashes are scattered to the winds. If I can learn something from someone’s comments, I will. If it’s just a hurtful comment filled with spite, I chalk it up to an unhappy person needing to make such comments in order to feel better about themselves.
#4- What do you like to do when not writing books?
I have this awesome camera that I’m trying to learn how to use. I love photography. I used to paint and draw quite a bit but not so much anymore. My hands stiffen up too much to be able to manage a brush or pencil for as long as I need to use them.
#5- Assuming you get any time to read, what authors do you like to read, and were there any books that stand out from your childhood as favorites?
Janet Chapman, Diana Gabaldon, Karen Marie Moning to name a few. I’m also slowly but surely working my way through The Wild Rose Press authors. I’ve fallen in love with every story I’ve read so far from the lovely “Roses” as I like to call them.
My childhood favorite would have to be Barbara Cartland. I started reading her romances when I was about twelve years old. Her wonderful worlds provided me a much needed escape from a very painful childhood.
#6- Are there any upcoming releases we would like to know about, and could you give us your web site so readers can check it out?
BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER just released February 18th. I’ve also contracted THE HIGHLANDER’S FURY with The Wild Rose Press but don’t have a release date as yet. Here’s the link to my website. I love to hear from my readers:
#7- This about concludes it. Thank you again for joining us. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Yes. Don’t ever think it’s too late to pursue your dreams. I turned fifty years old in February and doors keep opening. Life just keeps getting better. The only person with the power to stop you…is you.