Today I’m honored to be hosting Harlequin Presents/Modern Author Maisey Yates
Maisey, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. It's great to have you here!
I bet all that juggling of jobs, relationships and commitments gives you plenty of fodder for your books. What sparks your creativity?
Anything and everything. I'm always amazed at where ideas can come from. A line in a song, a headline, a fairy tale. I don't usually draw book concepts from real life, but real life moments certainly make it into my books!
What do you love most about being a writer?
Writing. The actual act of writing the books is my favorite part.
What do you like least about being a writer?
Probably the fact that a lot more people know about you, so there are more people to criticize you. I don't know, I both love and hate the being well-known aspect. ;)
Where were you five years before?
I was a new mommy, and not thinking much about writing!
Being a busy wife and mother, still, and being a writer, still.
Do you have a favorite locale or setting for your novels? What is it and why is it your favorite?
Which of the books you have written is your favorite?
I'll be honest and say I like them all, because if I didn't believe in them, I wouldn't want them out there. But The Inherited Bride was one of the hardest books, and as a result, I love it. And The Highest Price to Pay which comes out in the UK July 15th is the book of my heart in many ways.
What is your favorite recent title by another author?
I loved Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix. Such an amazing hero!
That's hard! Um...
Anything For You by Sarah Mayberry,
Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale,
Expecting His Love-Child by Carol Marinelli,
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery and
(Those last two books really cemented my love of reading when I was younger, and they made me want to write!)
What one specific piece of advice would you give a would-be writer trying to kick-start a career?
Write. You have to write to get better. It's not all about reading blogs and taking courses. Actually write and finish a book.
Describe the ultimate romantic meal.
One where I'm not being mauled by children! My husband and I just had our sixth anniversary and we ate at this gorgeous restaurant at a table outside. It was so quiet, and I was with the man I love. Perfection.
What is your all-time favorite romantic movie?
Bend it Like Beckham. I love it.
What is your all-time favorite romantic song or composition?
From This Moment On by Shania Twain is our wedding song, and even though I'm not usually a big country music fan, that song is really special to me.
What is the most romantic gesture or gift you have received?
My husband brought me flowers to my very first doctor appointment when I was pregnant with our first child.
What tip would you give your readers to make their lives more romantic?
I think real romance is sharing a life with someone, ups and downs, good and bad, and staying together. Invest in your spouse or partner. Let them know how much you love them. Romance will follow.
Where is the most romantic place you’ve ever traveled?
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I wish I was a good housekeeper. I'm not.
Who is someone you admire and why?
I admire my parents. They did a fabulous job of making sure I knew I could be whatever I wanted, but that I would need to work for it.
Do you have a good luck charm or superstition?
Not as such. When I get stuck on a book I pray a lot.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
All you have to do is “LIKE” her FB page and leave a comment or question for Maisey and you'll go into the draw for this book.