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.


Kelly Moran said...

*NOTE* Please be sure you are leaving your email addy in your post, or letting me know where to find you, IE: Facebook, Goodreads, Blogger, etc, so we can contact you if you won.

Be sure to follow the blog, as you can see in the post below this I had some blog trouble!

Comment away for Maeve...:)

Margie Mijares said...

This sounds like a wonderfully interesting book. I am definitely adding it to my wish list and hopefully will be able to win a copy!! margieatmijaresdotnet

Clancy said...

Maeve, can't wait to read this. Aren't dogs just the best writing partners? I know mine dog means so much to me :)

Maeve said...

Hi Margie! I'm glad you like the sound of BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER. Good luck with the contest.


Maeve said...

Hey Clancy! Yep. I'd be lost without my "Jaffers" as my granddaughter used to call him when she was too tiny to be able to say "Jasper". ;-)

Maeve said...

Thanks again for having me at your lovely blog, Kelly! I felt so badly for you when it crashed a few days ago. You recovered SO MUCH more quickly than I would have. I am in AWE of you, my friend!


Melinda said...

Nice interview ladies! Meave, I like your approach to negative reviews and I really hope you haven't gotten many. :-)

p.s. I followed you over here from Savvy.


mpierce at

Melinda said...

Maeve, sorry I spelled your name wrong! Where is that darn edit button :-)

Maeve said...

LOL!! Don't worry about it, Melinda. Would you believe I didn't even notice until you pointed it out? Have a great night.


Nicole North said...

Fantastic interview, ladies!! This book sounds awesome and it has been on my wish list for a long time! I must reward myself soon! :)

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Maeve -
I'll call you neighbor since I'm just over in Missouri :)
The story sounds great as does your writing partner. Aren't animals the best listeners?

Great post!

Mary Ricksen said...

Maeve if this book is even half as good as you are a person, it will make you wealthy!!!
Because I think you are great. I get how you feel about reviews and from all the authors I know, I am beginning to realize they mean very little in the scheme of things. It's about the story and if you connect with it. All the authors you like are my favorite too. I've read tons of time travel and I look forward to yours! Good luck Maeve and keep 'em coming!!
I need to escape!! A lot!

Maeve said...

Thanks so much, Nicole! I so appreciate you stopping by. :-)

Maeve said...

Thanks so much, Nicole! I so appreciate you stopping by. :-)

Maeve said...

Hey Jennifer! We ARE neighbors. Cool! And yes, animals are so great at getting us through life's stresses.

Maeve said...

LOL! You are the SWEETEST friend, Mary! Thank you (as always) for your kind words and support. I'd be lost without you.


Jenna Storm said...

Enjoyed your interview Maeve. Your book sounds really good. Gotta love those highlander men!

Maeve said...

Thanks, Jenna! I'm pretty partial to the lads wearing the kilts. :-)

Rachel Firasek said...

Maeve, you know I adore you, but this line in your interview told me how very dear your soul is: I won’t stop learning until my ashes are scattered to the winds.

I'm in awe. Graceful even in pain. Thanks for sharing more about yourself. This was a great interview.

Maeve said...

I so appreciate your kind words, Rachel. I'm so lucky to have you as a friend.


Michelle Muse said...

Been reading about this story for awhile and I love it. I'm so excited about the opportunity to win this book! :) Hope I win.

Lilly Gayle said...

Can't wait to read this. I loved the first chapter posted on another blog. What a hook!
Oh. I'm following your posts now. Does that make me a fan? Or a stalker? lol!

Kelly Moran said...

I've been really sick, guys, just popping in. And you are very welcome, Maeve.

My old blog popped back up, with 1/2 the followers, so I just got rid of it altogether.


Maeve said...

LOL! I would be honored to have you as a stalker, Lily!


Maeve said...

Best of luck to you, Michelle! Thanks for stopping in.


Maeve said...

Poor Kelly! You just can't catch a break this week. :-(

I hope you feel better soon.

Margaret said...

Beyond a Highland Whisper is definitely on my TBR list. Wonderful interview, Maeve!

Maeve said...

Thanks so much, Margaret!


Linda Henderson said...

I would love to read this book.

seriousreader at live dot com

Kelly Moran said...

Saturday, March 26th, 8:20 a.m.

And the winner is... Clancy! Grts, you'll get an email soon.

Big thanks to Maeve for coming by, and to the new followers.