Sunday, July 4, 2010

Author Interview: Missy Martine

. Sunday, July 4, 2010

Author Missy Martine was gracious enough to agree to work an interview into her busy schedule (and I do mean busy--check out all the books she's working on in the below interview)! I am so excited to have the chance to talk with her!

Jocelyn: Hi Missy Martine! Thanks for taking the time to hang out on Meta Modo so we can get to know about you and your amazing books better. 
Missy: Thanks, Jocelyn, it's an honor to be here.

Q. Missy, how ‘bout we start off with you telling me how your writing career started. When did you first know you wanted to be a writer and how long did it take you to reach that goal? 
A. I'd like to be able to tell you that I dreamed of becoming a writer even as a little girl, that I mesmerized all my little friends with imaginary stories during playtime, but it would be lie. Like a lot of girls I dreamed of becoming a nurse and taking care of sick people, subjecting my dolls and friends to countless bandages and splints.  Is it any wonder I grew up without having a lot of friends?
I was lucky enough to grow up and realize my dreams, becoming a nurse in 1976.  For years I worked in hospitals and then in 1985 I branched out to medical management.  By the year 2001 I was retired from nursing and owned my own medical billing service.  Everything in my life was great, or so I thought.  In 2002 my world sort of collapsed when I suffered a series of strokes.  It was a long road of recovery during which time I had trouble communicating and limited mobility.  
During my recovery period I started to read romance novels one right after another.  I think it was the only thing that kept me sane.  In a strange twist of fate, I also discovered that I could type on the computer exactly what I wanted to say even though I couldn't always voice the thoughts in my head.
My recovery was steady and I was finally left with only a problem with short-term memory.  That seemed like a small price to pay when the outcome could have been so much worse.  Of course, it ended my career in nursing and medical billing.  Nobody wants a nurse who can't remember what they did an hour ago!  After a few years of sheer boredom, with me still reading dozens of romance novels a week, my husband was desperate to find something to challenge my mind and bring me out of my depression.  So he began to nag me about writing my own romance novel.  According to him, I had read enough to know how it's done, and what people like.  I think I finally gave it a try just to shut him up.
What I discovered was a world that I loved!  It was a way for me to bring my fantasies to life, and gave me a feeling that my stories might just help someone else the way other's books had helped me.  My first book, Table for Three, took me about four to five months to write.  I really didn't think anyone else would want to read it, but my husband insisted we send it to a publisher.  No one was more surprised than me when Siren/Bookstrand agreed to publish it.  That was just a little over a year ago, and that was my beginning as a writer.

Q. I want to know about your latest book(s). Will you fill me in?
A. My latest book published was book 1 of my trilogy "A Wolfen Heritage" titled "Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage."  This book is about Maddie, a young woman who comes from a family of wolf shifters but was never told the family secret.  As a child she is introduced to her future mate, but then is separated from him for ten years due to a tragic accident.  When she is finally able to return to the family's cabin in the mountains, she doesn't know about the shifters or her own heritage.
Books 2 and 3 of the trilogy are due to be released in September and November of 2010.  Book 2, "Denying His Wolfen Heritage," is the story of Maddie's brother, Michael.  He has to come to terms with finding out about his family's secret, and finds himself falling in love with a female shifter against his will. Book Trailer
Book 3 of the trilogy, "Changing Their Wolfen Heritage," is based on the Alpha Wolf's brothers.  They're determined to protect Maddie from the evil from her past, and trying to figure out why they're both sensing the same female as mate. Book Trailer 

Q. What are you working on now? Do you have a release date? 
A. I'm working on several books right now.  First, I'm nearly finished with the sequel to "Table for Three."  It’s Serena's story, and deals with the unanswered questions from the first book about Serena and a particularly nasty phone call to Cass's ex-husband.  It's titled "Catch Her When She Falls." 
Another book that's nearly finished is a paranormal/magic romance titled "The Magic in Her Gift."  A young woman's grandmother dies leaving her the magic she needs to turn her life around and find true love.  Unfortunately she dies without explaining how she can access the magic.
"Screams on the Mountain" is a thriller/romance with shapeshifters that picks up right after the "A Wolfen Heritage" trilogy.  I can't tell you much about it without revealing the ending of "Changing Their Wolfen Heritage."  I can tell you that it also has a sequel planned. 
I've started a Christmas story titled "A Were Scrooge," and finally a time-travel, historical romance set in the 1890's west that I haven't titled yet.  As you can see, I stay pretty busy.  Actually, I just returned from a trip to Utah and Nevada where we visited and photographed old mining ghost towns for my research on that last book.  I wanted it to be an authentic as possible.
I'm hoping to have "Catch Her When She Falls" and "The Magic in Her Gift" to the publisher by the end of next week.

Q. Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters?
A. Actually, I have. You won't know who he is until you read "Changing Their Wolfen Heritage" in November, but I created the character of Mali with my husband as a model.  I love big, muscular, masculine types that don't take crap off of anybody.  He's strong, virile, funny and romantic.  Plus, he's a real take-charge kind of man.  He will always be the head of his family.

Q. Speaking of yummy characters, are you Team Edward or Team Jacob? (I think I know your answer to this one.) 
A. Okay, I have to admit ignorance to this question.  I had to research to figure out what you were talking about but that's because I can't remember the last movie I went to.  For the past few years I have been pretty sick, stuck at home with oxygen concentrators and lots and lots of medicine.  Then, in December of last year I let them do weight-loss surgery on me.  I suffered from pulmonary hypertension and it was damaging my heart.  Anyway, to make a long story short (too late)  they did the surgery and now, six months later, I've lost 132 lbs and feel and look like a new woman. 
Anyway, I researched and after weighing my options, I would have to say that I'm definitely "Team Jacob."

Q. Do you believe in soul mates? If so, who is yours?
A. I absolutely believe in soul mates.  I was married twenty years to a man who was most definitely NOT my soul mate.  Actually, my first book, "Table for Three," was based on my own miserable first marriage.  After twenty long years I finally got the courage to leave and almost immediately met a man in an internet chat room that just called to me.  We are almost as different as night and day on everything from food to entertainment, but we seem to compliment and complete each other.  I'm happy to say that on July 3rd we celebrated our 13th year together!  And just like my book, "Table for Three," he's much younger than me!  The only difference is that he's not half of a set of identical twins.  You can't have everything.

Q. Who/what are you reading right now?
A. I just finished reading Stormy Glenn's "Whose Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" and Ashley Shay's "Sinful Pleasures."  I'm about to start Ariel Tachna's "Her Two Dads."

Q. Top of your head, fave quote (book, movie, music)? 
A. Okay, but this is kind of weird.  Remember I have problems with short-term memory so some things stick with me and some don't.  Please don't ask me why this stays in my head!  "If he starts to piss a circle around you I'm outa here!"  It's from "Kissing Orion" by Amber Kell.

Q. Do you create playlists for your novels? If so, who are the artists that fill up your playlists?
A. No, I'm not talented in that direction.  I've had two other people create videos for my books, but I don't even know the name of the music that they used.  Sad, huh. I can say that I really liked what they choose.

Q. As a big sci fi buff, I’ve got to know, what will your first question be to the aliens when they visit the Earth?
A. "Can you take me up in your spaceship and show me the heavens?"

Q. Until the aliens arrive and make us all their love slaves, will you / do you keep a set schedule for your writing? Do you write at a certain time each day or for a certain number of hours?

I don't have any set schedules, I just write when the mood  hits.  I have discovered that I can't write when anyone else is in the house with me.  When my  husband is home on the weekends I can't get anything done.  He has a tendency to ask me questions, want me to look at whatever he's looking at on the internet, or to watch episodes of Star Gate or Hogan's Heroes.  For my actual writing on the books, I'm always alone with my three cats.  I don't even play music in the background and I can't tell you the last time I turned on the television during the day.  I keep excel charts of the characters and story outline so that I don't get confused or forget part of the story line.  It makes it mandatory that I can concentrate.
Now my outlines are a different matter entirely.  I can do them anywhere!  All my books start with an outline done on legal pads.  During the recent trip I took to Utah to visit family I was turning out outlines for future books while riding in the car.  After this trip I now have 6 new outlines for the coming months, after I finish what I'm working on right now.
I only write on my books during the day, after my husband leaves for work.  My outlines are usually done at night after he goes to bed.  I suffer from insomnia to a certain extent and don't require nearly as much sleep as he does.  It drives him nuts when I get up after he goes to sleep and don't come back to bed until nearly time for his alarm to go off!

Q. You write some hot hot hot love scenes. Do you find love scenes easier or harder to write compared to the rest of the book and why?

A. I find them much harder because you always want them to be fresh, and not repetitive.  It's even worse when you have problems with memory and you can't always remember what you had the characters doing together in the first couple of chapters in the book. 
My answer to this problem was to begin keeping charts with excel.  I keep track of what positions my characters make love in, what words they use, etc.  That way I can be assured that my readers aren't reading the same scene over and over again.  I just sit back and let my fantasies run wild.

Q. What is the one thing you wish someone had told you when you were an aspiring author just starting out?
A. I wish someone had told me that you can't please everyone.  I've had wonderful reviews on both my books published, and I've also had some really bad reviews on the same books.  You have to remain true to yourself.  If you like what you've written then you've accomplished what you set out to do.  Enjoy your writing and don't worry about what anyone else thinks.

Q. Last question: When reading, what turns you on and why? 
A. I love stories of older women, especially older queen size women, who are finding love for the first time or even for the second time, with gorgeous, hunky men.  Everyone deserves a chance for love, no matter their age or body size.  I guess these stories appeal to me because they reflect my life.  I was older, heavy-set and I found my true love!  Now, I'm still in love with a much younger man, I'm even older but not so heavy-set now.
Jocelyn: Missy, thanks again for taking a time out with me to answer my questions. I’m looking forward to many, many more hot, amazing stories from you and wish you love, light, and laughter! 
Missy: Thanks so much, Jocelyn.  It's been a pleasure!

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo


Cathy M said...

Enjoyed the interview Missy. I am a firm believer in soul mates too, and look forward to reading your stories.

Missy Martine said...

Thanks so much, Cathy M and thanks for stopping by :)

Missy Martine

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