Meg’s unite! This week on my mate monday, I have the absolutely wonder Meghan Maslow joining me!
G’day and welcome Meghan. Thank you so much for joining me at my blog for Mate Monday. It’s an absolute pleasure to have you here as an author mate. I’d love to get to know you and your writing process a little better.
First, let’s do an author quickie. 😉
- Pizza or pie?
Are you asking whether I like thin crust or deep-dish style pizza? If so, definitely thin crust. If you’re asking whether I like pizza or pie (dessert) better, then pie, pie, pie. Especially my mom’s lemon chiffon pie. To. Die. For. I would roll around in a vat of chiffon if I could.
- Books or movies?
Books. No contest. I rarely watch movies or TV, but I read every day.
- Food or sex?
Can I have both? I couldn’t give up either, honestly. And if they can be done together. . .
- Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans?
Chris Hemsworth. Rawr! Is it wrong to say I’d love to be the middle of a Chris Hemsworth-Jason Momoa sandwich?
- Lady Gaga or Beyoncé?
I like them about the same. I’m more of a Pink girl myself. Or Abba. I rock out to Abba at every chance I get.
- Music or silence?
Depends on my mood. I write to music, but don’t want it on at all times.
- Xbox or Playstation?
My kids say I have to answer Xbox.
- PC or Mac?
I’m a rabid Mac fan. I will never go back to PC. *pets Mac while typing this and calls it “my precious” *
- Mum or dad?
Both. I have the coolest parents in the world. It’s an empirical fact. 😉 They’re some of my best friends.
- Blond or brunet?
Depends on the guy. I lean toward brunets, but personality is everything to me.
- Abs or smile?
- Kindness or good looking?
Kindness definitely. Looks fade, kindness is forever.
- Morning or night?
Night all the way. I’m not a morning person, though I wish I was. It would make things a lot easier for me and I’d be less sleep deprived.
- Sexy clothes or comfortable clothes?
Most of the time comfort wins out. I’m too busy to be running around in three inch heels all day. Or at least I don’t have the patience to do it.
- Softdrink (soda) or alcohol?
I don’t like soda unless it’s in my alcohol. I LOVE a good Moscow Mule which is made with ginger beer (soda). But otherwise, I’m alcohol all the way.
And some further questions:
- What is your favourite part about being an author?
That’s a two-part question, really. My favorite part of being a writer is seeing what comes out of my sub-conscious and finds its way to paper. I adore world building. My favorite part about being an author is talking to readers and getting jazzed on their excitement. It really helps me remember why I like to write so much.
- Is there anything you’d change about your writing or about being an author?
Other than having a whole team of marketers so I didn’t have to worry about it, you mean? Well, I’m a pantser, but I wish I could learn to outline at least a little. The difficulty is really that if I know where the story is going, I get bored. So, I let it do what it wants and am generally happy with the results. But that means I cut out more scenes and generally do more editing than outliners. It’s time consuming.
- When did you know you wanted to write stories?
Probably sometime during the early teenage years. I used to tell my parents in high school that I was going to write romance novels and possibly fantasy novels someday.
- Do you have a favourite character you’ve written? If so, can you tell us about him or her?
In LGBTQ romance, my favorite character is Twig Starfig from By Fairy Means or Foul. He’s fun to write and I love that he’s this half-dragon, half-fairy MC who thinks of himself as badass, but inside he’s really pretty mushy. And he manages to get himself into all sorts of predicaments. He’s also a protector, even though he doesn’t see himself this way.
My very favorite character, though, is from an urban fantasy that I wrote years ago. His name is Stanley Whipplemartz and he’s a nerd vampire. He was turned at a Star Trek convention in the 80s and is stuck being short, pimply, and horny for all eternity. There’s nothing sparkly about this guy – none of his powers work the way they should (his mesmerism only works on women over the age of sixty, for example) and he works the night shift as a computer technician. This poor guy gets put through the wringer and he keeps going.
- What’s your favourite book you’ve written thus far?
By Fairy Means or Foul. In a way, this book is a love letter to several authors who played a pivotal role in my early teen years. It’s a homage to Robert Asprin, in particular, but also Piers Anthony, and Anne McCaffrey. It’s taken my love of humorous fantasy and combined it with romance (another of my great loves) in a way that makes me proud to be a writer.
- Were there any deleted scenes in your books you’ve written? If so, why were they deleted, and would you ever share them with your readers?
I’m a pantser so there’s ALWAYS deleted scenes. I keep a file of the scenes and would probably share some of them with readers if they asked. I don’t know if I would do it otherwise, since there’s a reason they were deleted from the story in the first place.
- How often do you write? Do you find it difficult to sit down at those times to write?
I try to write Monday-Friday, but I’m not always successful. I have a lot on my plate at the moment, so it makes it difficult. There are also times when I just need a day or two off to mull things over and I’ll do busy work those days instead. I can’t say I never struggle to write, but it doesn’t take me long to fall back in love with what I’m writing.
- How do you find inspiration?
This is such a funny question because I’m not sure any author really knows where their inspiration comes from. Books, images, conversations, something observed or heard while out running errands – all of these have the potential to plant a seed of an idea. What makes that particular idea sprout? Your guess is as good as mine.
- What are your writing plans for the future?
In April, I plan to release the follow up to By Fairy Means or Foul. It’s called Be Fairy Game. I’ll try to write and publish book three in the series by the fall. I also have a paranormal story I’m working on and I have a couple mystery short stories in the pipeline to mystery magazines. I’m planning to write a romantic suspense, but we’ll see if that happens this year. It’s on the agenda, but that can shift.
- Can you tell us a bit about your book?
By Fairy Means or Foul is my most current release. To be honest, it’s a bit of an odd book. It’s comic fantasy-romance, but feels almost like urban fantasy because of the PI trope. That’s a lot to pack into a novel, but I’m so glad I did it that way.
Twig Starfig is a half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator and nothing ever quite goes right in his cases, especially where magic plays a role. He’s not used to having “soft” feelings toward someone because his life up to this point has been anything but soft. I try to balance the romance thread with the adventure thread so it truly is fantasy-romance.
As I said, he’s a lot of fun to write and I hope readers have enjoyed Twig and Quinn (a failed wizard who Twig gets saddled with) as much as I have.
Thank you for having me on the blog today, Meg! I really appreciate it.
Book Title: By Fairy Means or Foul
The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there’s no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn who asks Twig to do just that. Literally, no denying, because compelling the reluctant detective is all part of a unicorn’s seductive magic.
To add to his woes, Twig is saddled with the unicorn’s cheeky indentured servant, Quinn Broomsparkle. Dragons are supposed to want to eat humans, but Twig’s half-dragon side only wants to gobble up Quinn in a more . . . personal way. Making matters worse, it’s obvious the smokin’ hot but untrustworthy sidekick is hiding something. Something big. And not what’s in his trousers. In the PI business, that means trouble with a capital Q.
Throw in gads of zombies, a creepy ghost pirate ship, a malfunctioning magic carpet, and Twig’s overbearing fairy father’s demands to live up to the illustrious Starfig name. Naturally, an old but abiding enemy chooses this time to resurface, too. Those inconveniences Twig can handle. The realization he’s falling for a human who isn’t free to return his affections and whose life may hang on the success of his latest case?
Not so much.
Yesssss! I’ve got this book on my Kindle. I’m so ready to read this book!
And for the record, Meghan, it’s totally not wrong to want a Chris Hemsworth-Jason Momoa sandwhich 😉