Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.
Another new author on ye olde blog today. Well, new to me. Can’t wait to meet her at Passion in Portland. I sat her down (virtually, of course) and asked her some deep questions about all things romance. Because I’m nosy like that.
What sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?
I don’t think I’ve ever had an ah-ha moment! Maybe that would make me a faster writer 😉 Generally, a character pops into my mind and slowly develops; introducing me to more characters and the dynamic they each share.
The characters of the His Series haunted my thoughts for months before I sat down and wrote them, and I wrote all three of the novels at the same time as different parts came to me. It was a very interesting adventure because I wrote the end of the third book, Finding Me, before I had finished the first book, Becoming His.
Tell us about your hero and heroine? What makes them and their story unique?
Max is introduced as your typical alpha: a little rough around the edges, super hot, horrible with discussing his thoughts and/or feelings. While Ace, the heroine in the His Series, is very bright, cultured, but has some insecurities that even she isn’t fully aware of.
What makes The His Series unique is how invested readers become with all of the characters in the books. Ace and Max both have strong family units. Ace is one of five sisters and is extremely close to all of them as well as her parents. Max has a couple of really good friends that he is super close to as well as his mom. While this is a bit overwhelming in the first couple of chapters of Becoming His, I did it intentionally so readers can experience what it’s like to be introduced to a large family. I am really excited readers have fallen so deeply in love with the supporting cast, and intend to add additional books eventually for them as well!
Why do you write Romance? Why your specific sub-genre of romance?
l’amour n’est qu’une illusion, alors, qu’est-ce que la realite?
If love is nothing but an illusion, then what is real?
I believe that we all love love. Whether we’ve found or are still searching for love, it is something we can all relate to and understand.
(From Shéa: I love that you quoted in French.)
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you at a signing?
PIP is my very first!! I am hoping my funniest moment will not be because I spaz out meeting some of the amazing authors in attendance!
Now for the Lightening Round! Answer these fast and quick (ala the Hot Seat questions on Inside the Actor’s Studio)
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate—dark chocolate.
Where do you write? EVERYWHERE
Favorite romance novel plot device? Feud
What trait in a man do you find most sexy? Compassion
Least sexy? Someone that is rude to others.
Your book is going to be made into a movie! Who plays the lead roles? Matt Lanter and Brooke Nevin!
Three years ago, Max left for Alaska to find what he thought he’d lost, but now he realizes just how much he left behind.
Max teaches Ace that sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks.
But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?
Falling in love isn’t easy, but holding on to it is where the real challenge lies.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.