MA: Today I have the pleasure of interviewing award-winning, best-selling author, Miss Mae. Miss Mae holds a special place in my heart because she honored me with my first guest blog as a new author when I was trying to navigate the waters of marketing and promotion!
She has a long list of books that have earned awards and special accolades. “Said the Spider to the Fly”, published by The Wild Rose Press, has consistently rated outstanding reviews and has won the esteemed title of Best Book of the Week for The Long and the Short of It Reviews and from The Romance Studio. It can be purchased both in digital format and in print directly from the publisher’s site. “When the Bough Breaks”, a young adult coming-of-age is the first from Whimsical Publications. Not only has this book generated top reviews, it’s also won a Best Cover of the Month award, and won the 2009 P & E Readers’ Poll in the YA category.
The highly acclaimed “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” won a 2009 Top Ten Read at MyShelf.com. It’s slanted for a late summer re-release from Whimsical Publications, with the second in the “Dear Winifred” series planned to be finished late 2010.
She also enjoys writing humor and non-fiction articles. Besides her monthly contributions to the ezine American Chronicle, some of her publications can be found in The Front Porch Magazine, Good Old Days, and Writers Weekly.
Whew! I could go on and on…Miss Mae, welcome to my blog. It’s such an honor to have you guest with me. It’s obvious you have a love for writing, so why novels in particular?
MM: Because I love to read books, always have since a girl in grade school. As I read, my mind raced to create scenarios of how I’d made the characters do, say, and act. When I decided to actually try my hand at writing, I wanted to make a story of some of those creative tales I’d envisioned.
MA: My sixteen-year-old daughter enjoys reading young adult books at times. Tell us about your YA novel, “When the Bough Breaks.”
MM: Darlene Moore’s reason for shunning Parker Shane has nothing to do with his reputation of being a playboy. She even dates him before the death of her mother forces her to move away. After a two-year absence from Dalesville, she returns home to find Parker exchanging wedding vows with her sister. Two months later, her sister dies. Then Richard Ryan, head of Dalesville’s wealthy, prominent family, and Parker’s employer, goes missing. Could there be a connection to his disappearance and Parker’s unexpected promotion? Danger and questions a plenty barrage Darlene with the deadly speed of a six-shooter. Who called down a representative from a Washington agency? Who later assaulted him? Who attacked Darlene at her friend’s apartment? And will Parker’s scandalous brand of playboy be changed to one of murderous culprit? Or, in the moment of Darlene’s greatest need, might he become her rescuing knight?
This is a YA coming-of-age. Most folks think of YA at anywhere between the ages of twelve to maybe eighteen. With my heroine, Darlene, the story starts when she’s sixteen and continues for four years. Since the tale deals with such things as craving a boy to call her, breaking into mini-skirts and fishnet hose (the setting is the 1960’s), and all the excitement of a first crush and first date, my publisher decided its best niche was the YA category.
MA: That sounds intriguing! Darlene sounds like the kind of plucky girl protagonist my daughter would like. Describe her more…
MM: She’s a redhead, younger of two children. Her mom is a single mother, with Darlene’s dad having deserted the family when the two girls were small. This fact broke Stella, the mother’s, heart so bad that she fears for her girls to be misled by smooth talking boys. She’s set the age of their first date to eighteen, not the normal sixteen. This embarrasses Darlene so much that she struggles to hide it from the school kids. When Parker Shane, newly returned from Vietnam, notices her and asks her out, it creates a dilemma for her to try to wriggle away without spilling the beans. He thinks she avoids him because of his reputation of ‘playboy’, and he sets out to prove her wrong.
MA: And what about Parker? What are his strengths and weaknesses?
MM: His weakness is that he doesn’t do much to decry the ‘bad boy’ reputation until it’s too late. This leads to a serious complication where he has to make a heart-wrenching decision. His strength is his love for Darlene, his commitment to righting a wrong, and enduring the tribulations confronting him as he fights to win her over.
MA: Is there a particular “bad boy” or “bad girl” antagonist determined to upset things?
MM: Yes, there is one, and that’s all I’ll say for now.
MA: Ahh, a woman of mystery! Folks are just going to have to read the book to find out! So what’s in your future?
MM: I’ve just completed my fifth book, “Catch Me If You Can”. When I write up the synopsis, I’ll send this to my publisher. Late this summer, the first in my ‘Dear Winifred’ series, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” will be re-released from Whimsical Publications. I’ve received fantastic reviews on this book, and it won a 2009 Top Ten Read from MyShelf.com. Next, I plan a short story titled “Miss Penelope’s Letters” to go up at Smashwords. I also want to lengthen my first work, “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” and submit it to WP. Then I’ll concentrate on writing the second book of ‘Dear Winifred’.
MA: What about “When the Bough Breaks?” Will it have a sequel or will the characters reappear in a future book?
MM: “When the Bough Breaks” is a one-book story. There are no expectations of continuing the saga of Parker and Darlene.
MA: Where can people go to find out more about you and your stories?
MM: Please watch the wonderful MOVIE of this book (and of all of my books). Triad Film Productions did a fantastic job of bringing my characters to life. Here is the YouTube link:
Also, your readers can visit my website where I also blog: http://www.missmaesite.com.
MA: You heard it, everyone! Please stop by and watch this great movie trailer and visit Miss Mae’s website and blog for more information. Miss Mae, thanks again for stopping by the Child Finder Trilogy.