How do you take your coffee, Maggie?
MAGGIE: Trim cappuccino, chocolate on top, and make it a hot one please (not burnt - just hot) (don’t look at me like that! I know what I like!)
Ally: Yes, Ma'm. :) We'll do our best. Can you show folks your bio? And don't forget to include something unique.
Maggie Le Page lives in Christchurch, New Zealand (aka QuakeZone) with her partner, two children, and a snooty cat who thinks they're all her slaves. Her days are spent running around after kids or doing one of her 'real' jobs, so her writing generally happens in the dead of night. (Morning? No. She’s a third-generation night owl. Enough said.)
She loves chocolate, hates being cold, and is ever fascinated by the possibility of time travel. Obviously, her ideal experience would be to wake up on a tropical island eighty years into the future, with an endless supply of chocolate on hand.
A Heat Of The Moment Thing, Maggie’s debut novel, is a romping chick lit read with humour and plenty of romantic sizzle. It has reached the quarter-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014. Maggie’s second novel, The Trouble With Dying, will be released later this year.
And something unique: I have a very low boredom threshold. I’ve had several career incarnations, and three years in any job is about my limit. (Aside from being a mum, of course - though some days it feels like I’m over that job, too!)
Maggie’s website: http://www.maggielepage.com
Ally: Since we certainly don't want you to become bored, shall we jump right into the questions? :-D What type of romance do you write? subcategory, heat level.
MAGGIE: LOL. I write chick lit—a genre that supposedly doesn’t exist anymore, but every self-respecting chick lit lover knows that’s rubbish! It’s light and humorous reading with plenty of romance. It’s definitely not erotica, but A Heat Of The Moment Thing (my debut novel) does get a bit steamy in places.
Ally: Tell us about the heroine and hero in the book you brought today. Why are they "meant for each other?"
MAGGIE: Becky Jordan is the heroine of A Heat Of The Moment Thing. Although she’s always pined for Mr Right she seems to have found everyone but, and has lost a bit of herself along the way. She’s recently vowed to forget about men and be more true to herself. She’s just scored the job opportunity of a lifetime and is determined to make a go of it—single.
Matt Frobisher, the story’s hero, is Becky’s new boss. He’s funny and interesting and kind and (of course) gorgeous. Becky is not amused. How is it that as soon as she says no to dating, Mr Probably Right shows up?
That’s where they’re in agreement, because Matt doesn’t do relationships. His background is complex and (for reasons I won’t divulge here - don’t want to spoil it for readers) he isn’t interested in anything beyond mild flirtation. That’s until Becky crashes into his life—literally. She’s full of life and cute and gets herself into all sorts of scrapes. Life is far more colourful when Becky’s around. She challenges him to let his hair down and have fun.
For Becky’s part, Matt is the calm to her storm. She’s a disaster magnet, no two ways about it. If something can go wrong it will go wrong, but Matt has a knack of being there to pick up the pieces. Matt doesn’t want to change her; he likes her just the way she is, and this is something very new for Becky. He’s great for her confidence and sense of self-worth.
Ally: How do you choose characteristics and names for your characters? Are any of them based on people you know?
MAGGIE: My characters tend to “teach” me who they are as I write. Often they take a whole book to evolve into 3D characters with believable traits and full personalities.
As for names, I angst over them! I have literally pages and pages of last names I wrote down for Matt, the hero of A Heat Of The Moment Thing. I spent days—no, weeks—rolling names around in my head, trying to choose one that sounded like ‘him’.
None of my characters are based on people I know, sorry. J But, like all writers, I do get inspiration from my own world. My ideas often spark from a random comment or observation, and then the fun begins! That’s the beauty of writing fiction: you get to write it your way, making anything happen to anyone.
Ally: If you suddenly couldn't write anymore, what would you like to do? and Why?
MAGGIE: Gosh. Well, I guess I’d fall into a deep dark pit of despair. But when I clambered back out and got on with the rest of my life, I expect I’d head back into education. For some 15+ years BC (before children) I was a teacher, and since then I’ve worked part-time in teacher training. I loved helping teachers be the best they could be.
Ally: Ready for some quick answer questions?
a. most romantic song - two - can’t choose! The Power Of Love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood); Someone Like You (Adele)
b. most unusual item sitting on your desk or in other writing space - fingerless merino gloves. I have perpetually cold hands in winter! Which reminds me, I need to put them on right now. Summer’s well and truly over down here in New Zealand.
c. favorite color of nail polish - fingers: nothing (hate my fingernails so don’t draw attention to them); toes - anything goes, but probably plum-red.
d. favorite restaurant meal - Thai. Yum yum. Any dish with coriander and lime juice, thanks—oh, and make it spicy.
e. last book you read - “She Likes It Rough” by GVR Corcillo. A great beach read and a must-read for chick lit lovers. (Awarded Best Indie Book 2013 and Best Humor Book 2013 in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards.)
Ally: Thanks so much for having coffee with me. Before we wind this down, tell us a little more about your book.
Becky Jordan has had it with relationships. From now on her time and dedication won’t be lavished on her latest Mr. Wrong—or, worse, Mr. Hell-No!—just the dream travel job which has unexpectedly leapt into her lap. Finally, life is looking great.
Unfortunately, not as great as her sizzling-hot, take-charge new boss. Matt Frobisher is everything she doesn't want him to be, but if anyone thinks she'll risk her career on a workplace fling they can think again. No amount of Superman behaviour from him will make her roll over and play Lois.
At least, that's what her head says. Her heart, however, doesn't do logical. In desperation she finds herself a Mr. Distraction, one with no strings and plenty of appeal. But Mr. Distraction also comes with unforeseen complications. Kryptonite complications, like Becky’s sister. And when she shows up there’s only one sure thing: not even Superman can prevent the Disaster Fest that’s about to blow Becky’s life apart.
(Contains one guy determined to win the girl, one girl determined not to be won, and plenty of heat in the middle.)
18+ intended for an adult audience
Amazon Author Link: http://amzn.com/e/B00BUI4E9O
Available at most online bookstores including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and Itunes.