Monday Magic presents Romance Author Meggan Connors!

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome my SMP soul sister, Meggan Connors, to our magic carpet. Meggan’s going to share her fabulous book, The Marker, with us today. Let’s jump right into it:

  • What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

When I’m writing, my work schedule is…full. I have two little kids, and I work full time, so almost all of my writing takes place between 8:00PM and midnight. Of course, sometime on the weekend, we will put on a movie for the kids, and I’ll write during the movie. As for plotting, it usually takes place in the car on the way to or from work, or when I take the kids to the park or swimming or soccer or piano.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Like most writers, certain music sets the mood for my work. However, when I find inspiration in a song, I have to listen to that song over and over and over. The first time I caught the four year old singing, “This is Why We Fight” by the Decemberists was the day I decided that maybe, just maybe, I listen to the same song a little too often. After all, I’d only had the CD for a week and a half.

  • Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I can get ideas from just about anywhere. I’ve gotten ideas from watching the World Series of Poker (that was my debut novel, The Marker). I got an idea for the steampunk I recently finished by looking at a map of the mine shafts below Virginia City, NV. I remember thinking at the time, “Oh, what a great place for an evil genius. And zombies.”

Interesting thing about that book? It didn’t wind up having either an evil genius or zombies in it. But that’s how the idea for the book started.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

My husband loves it. He likes talking about plot points, and he’ll read anything I put in front of him, and he helps me choreograph my fight scenes. He’s a great support when I’m feeling down. He believes in me when I don’t believe in myself. I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky I am to have him around. He’s pretty fantastic. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s cute and funny, too!

The rest of my family doesn’t know what to make of it. My brother is concerned he won’t be able to read sex scenes, if they’re written by his sister, and my mother wants to know when I’ll write a mystery. My dad is convinced everything is porn. I’m still not certain if he’s proud of it or disturbed by it. More than likely, it’s both.

  • What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on revising the steampunk, set in the 1880s. What I love about steampunk is that it combines my two favorite genres: historical and paranormals. And there’s something fun about making up a world that’s based on ours and tweaking with history. I love it!

  • How do you deal with writer’s block?

I write. It sounds hokey, but I just write. Even if it’s just twenty words, I can work with those twenty words. I think I subscribe to the NaNoWriMo theory: just write and write and write. It doesn’t matter if the words that you’ve written are terrible. Because here’s the thing: I can work with a badly written page. What I can’t work with is a blank page. So my advice to those of you suffering from writer’s block (and we’ve all been there) is to write. Make yourself write twenty words. Write about something else.

Once, when I was stuck with a particularly difficult scene in The Marker, I wrote two blog posts about why a werewolf shouldn’t be manscaped. And for some reason, doing that helped me sort out a scene in my historical, which has neither werewolves nor manscaped heroes. J

Wow, Meggan, great advice about the writer’s block. That’s pretty much what I do too, but one time I found by moving my two male characters from an office to a bar with a beer in their hands made the words flow, lol.  You never know what will work.

Now tell us a little bit about The Marker:

When her father loses her in a poker game, Lexie Markland is sent to work in the household of Nicholas Wetherby for one year to pay off the debt. Innocent, but not naïve, she is savvy enough to know she must maintain her distance from this man, who frustrates her with his relentless teasing but whose kisses bring her to her knees. Because although she may be just another conquest to him, it’s not just her heart in jeopardy should she succumb to Nicholas’ considerable charms.

Since his brother’s death almost a year before, nothing has held Nicholas’ attention for long—not women, not booze, not even an excellent hand at cards. Nothing, that is, until he meets the woman he won in a drunken night of poker. Intrigued by his prize and her chilly reserve, he makes it his mission to crack Lexie’s cool demeanor. But even as passion explodes between them, the question remains: will Nicholas be able to take the ultimate risk…and gamble on love?

And where can we buy your book?

Amazon Link: Click Here
Soul Mate Link: Click Here

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Meggan-Connors/120715354695518

Website: www.megganconnors.com

Thanks for having me, Callie! I’ve enjoyed our chat!
Meggan

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24 Responses to Monday Magic presents Romance Author Meggan Connors!

  1. Diana Layne says:

    Hi, Meggan, enjoyed the interview! Your husband sounds like a keeper!

  2. Wonderful interview ladies! Awesome that you have great support with your hubby Meggan! And the blurb you shared sounds intriguing….love a heroine that can be innocent but strong and determined and that’s exactly how Lexie sounds!

    Congrats and your release and MUCH success :)

  3. Ella Quinn says:

    Hi Callie,

    Nice interview. Congratulations on your release.

  4. BJ Scott says:

    As always, a great interview! Kindred spirits in thier love for western romance, Meggan and Callie have both have written some wonderful books. Be sure and check them out.

    Meggan’s book, THE MARKER is a must read for your library and I can’t wait to check out your steam punk novels. Wishing you many sales and much success with this and future projects.

  5. Callie says:

    Thanks for stopping by ladies. The last I heard from Meggan she was heading back to bed, lol. I’m sure she’ll be here later.

    BJ, thanks for the kind words about my books.

    • I’m up now! (Now that it’s almost 9AM here, I’m feeling a little more human. I stayed up until 1AM reading Courtney Milan’s Unraveled. Very nice book. I’m
      Looking forward to finishing it today.)

  6. Susan Muller says:

    Great interview, ladies. The Marker is definately on my TBR list.

  7. Char Chaffin says:

    Lovely interview, Meggan and Callie! I’m a fan of both of you. And I really enjoyed reading THE MARKER. It was a fun yet tense plot premise, and a real page-turner.

    Meggan, I’ve got one of those supportive hubbys, so I know how lucky we both are!

    Char Chaffin

  8. jamie says:

    Nice interview! As always, Meggan’s humor shines through — love the idea of manscaping the werewolves.

    • I know, the things that go through my head are sometimes so odd. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I think I’ve put more thought into manscaped werewolves than is either logical or reasonable.

  9. I love the reminder to just keep writing through writers’ block. The Marker sounds fabulous and I’ve added it to my TBR list.

  10. Congratulations on a great book and an intriguing interview. I wish you continued success with your writing (ad)ventures.

  11. Caroline Clemmons says:

    Megan, this sounds such an intriguing book.

    Callie, thanks for introducing me to Megan’s books.

    Best wishes to you both for megasuccess in your careers.

  12. Calisa Rhose says:

    I’m late everywhere this week but I had to pop in and say your book sounds infuriating! lol But interesting. I would have shot my dad. :) Nice interview ladies!

  13. Callie says:

    Wow, lots of comments today. I was away from the internet, but it looks like Char had a lot of fun.
    So glad you all stopped by.

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