May 23, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Megan Grooms plus giveaway

My twenty-first Authors After Dark Spotlight is with Megan Grooms!!!

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

I have attended twice before. First year was just a reader. Second was as an author, however not a featured author like this year. I love this con and how everyone is able to talk to everyone, even if they have been your favorite author for years and are on the best sellers list, they are just hanging out and answering any questions and having a good time just like everyone else.

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

I’ve never been to NOLA before and am very excited to go along with going on the outings with the authors around the city. I also enjoy just meeting people who enjoy the same things I do.  I’m not much of a ‘people person’ however I’ve never had a problem talking to people at AAD everyone is just so nice and inviting.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

I’m really looking forward to seeing all the author’s I’ve met before from the last two years but I’m very excited to meet Jeaniene Frost and Yasmine Galenorn. I have been fan’s of theirs for a while now. I’ve been to a book signing with Jeaniene Frost and she seems extremely nice.

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

I was very excited. I’ve been writing my stories since I was in middle school so to me it seemed like I had been doing this forever however there is still a lot I don’t know and am trying to learn.

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

My favorite is one that hasn’t been published. I’m really an action and adventure girl myself. The book that I’ve written six different ways is my baby and I don’t know if I’ll ever think that it is good enough (to me) to be ready to be published. Out of the ones I have published it would have to be Finding Samantha because it is my only full length book and I enjoy seeing my characters so much that I can connect much better to the people in Sam’s book.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

It didn’t make me blush at the time but having my mom read them or my friends read them and talk to me about the book after that will make me get a little red in the face.

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

My short story Halloween Madness has the heroine Tish I really liked. I think I might have to go back and write more about her. Like I said I get attached to people lol.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

My favorite would have to be Cat Crawfield from the Night Huntress Books by  Jeaniene Frost I love women who are great at what they do and aren’t afraid to sass someone who is annoying them. A also enjoyed the first books of the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

I’m still pretty small time so not yet. I love to hear back from readers, good and bad, thoughts about my books.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

I’ve actually always have loved to read. I never liked reading what they told me to read but I’ve enjoyed reading one’s I have chosen.

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

The one I most remember reading was actually in middle school it was called Izzy Willy Nilly by Cynthia Voigt. It’s about a young girl who has half of her leg taken off in an accident and how she needs to get over the loss and try to live life without the use of that leg. That story has always stuck with me.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

Sound corny but I love Beauty and the Beast (Disney version).  It has always been and always will be my favorite movie. My other would be Phantom of the Opera, the 2004 version.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate from Dairy Queen is the best.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I used to be a night owl, and still would be if my son didn’t wake me up so early in the morning. He’s kind of making me become a morning person lol

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

My dream job is to actually have a preschool run out of my home. I work well with that age of children I love to teach them new things and I want to work for myself (I despise having to follow someone else’s rules when I don’t agree with them)

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
The first book in your Rolling Hills Ranch series, Finding Samantha, was released last year.  Tell us about the series and this first book.

This first book is about Sam, she moves away from her home in New York to try to get her life back on track after losing her husband two years ago. Right away she feels something for a ranch hand named Luke however she tries to fight it thinking that it isn’t fair to her husband to fall in love again.

In this first book you are introduced to quite a few people that live and work on this ranch. Each one will have his, or her, own book. I enjoy going back to see the other charterers that I have created and this was a great way for me to visit the people that have already told their stories as well as give insight to the others that work there.

You are currently working on the second book in the series, Loving Allison.  It features John, who we meet in book one, and he finds himself in a bit of a predicament.  He’s finding he’s attracted to his sister’s BFF!  *dad a duuuummmm* How on earth is John going to handle his situation?

Well the main problem he has is that he has dated a friend of his sisters before and when it didn’t work out his sister was very upset with him. He doesn’t want that to happen again so he tries to stay away from her. It is difficult to stay away from her however when she likes him as well. He also is worried about getting attached and Allison leaving again. Somehow he must convince her that she should stay at the ranch and with him or he could possible never see her again.

You told me that John is a great character to write.  What is it about him that you like so much?

He’s just a sweet guy, a big old teddy bear and I enjoy learning about what he likes. He’s like the big brother that makes you smile when you think about him. I want to see him happy with a woman that can appreciate that he’s a big strong man but has a sensitive side that needs to be taken care of.

You have a few short stories out there in the wild.  Among them is Handsome Stranger and Halloween Madness.  You mentioned to me that you find short stories hard to write.  Why is that?

Because I get so attached to the people I write I find it hard to let them go. As it is I’m thinking of doing another story with Tish from Halloween Madness. She had such a short story and it was left with a lot that could be told about her.

Thank you so much Megan for taking the time out of your busy, new baby filled day to answer my questions today!

Giveaway time!  Megan is graciously offering a digital copy of her book Finding Samantha to one lucky winner.  To enter, simply leave a comment below by Sunday, May 27th 2012 11:59EST.  Giveaway open internationally.  Best of luck to all who enter and THANKS to Megan for the prize!

Here’s where you can find Megan –

  1. Thanks for the interview I really enjoyed reading it. I wish you all lots of fun at AAD! And congrats on the new release!

  2. Northwoman says:

    I really enjoy these interviews where I learn about new authors and new books. This one has the bonus of a giveaway!

  3. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! Definitely going to go check out these books 🙂

  4. Very nice interview.

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