About the Book
About the Author
Finally settling in Idaho, M.M. Roethig finished her schooling years and eventually met and married her very own Prince Charming. A recent move took her to Northern Colorado, a place she has instantly fallen in love with and embraced as her home.
When she is not swooning over romance stories or writing, M.M. Roethig enjoys spending time with her husband and son who also call Colorado home. With two grown daughters and one son-in-law living in Idaho, she finds every excuse to travel back as much as possible.
- Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
I have a few different mugs I use, but they are all filled with warm lemonade as I write my first draft. It sounds gross, but for whatever reason, it is a must have for my creative process. After my first draft, I can usually graduate to diet Pepsi or Coke. I’ve recently discovered Diet Coke with a Squeeze of Lime and a Splash of Coconut. They’re called Dirty Diet Cokes. Those are awesome. But my first draft habit, warm lemonade.
- Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
When I read the Twilight series by Stephanie Myers, I wondered if I could pull off writing. However, it wasn’t until I started following Sherry Gammon and Cindy C. Bennett that I found my courage to actually how my work. I’m HUGE fans of both these ladies, following them for years. I’ve talked with them on different occasions and they’ve encouraged me to continue in my writing. They’ve inspired me to keep going, both in their writing and in their encouragement.
- Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Ha! Isn’t life full of situations we aren’t sure how to get out of? I think I’m currently in one of those. Although mine is medical in nature and I’m still in the middle of it all. I’ve been dealing with unexplained daily headaches for over six months. I can’t get myself out of this on my own, but I can do everything the doctors tell me to do, exercise when possible, follow up with medicines, and not give up. It’s easy to get discouraged, especially when I wake up with another stabbing headache or get a migraine on top of the headache I’ve had, but I’ve got to keep moving forward.
- Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Only ONE place??!! I’d love to visit England. But my list is long, including Ireland, Germany, and Hawaii.
- Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Yes, I read my reviews. I can’t say if that is a good or bad thing. I do respond to most of them, but I don’t respond to those that are mean or nasty. If a review, good or bad, has constructive criticism, I will thank the person for taking the time to write a review. However, if a reviewer writes something nasty that is clearly attacking me as a person rather than offering constructive advice on how to make my writing better, I find it better not to engage. I’ve come to realize that even bad reviews can give you good information if given in a way to help the writer. Not every book is for every reader, and that’s okay. However, not every reviewer is out to help the writer and it’s better to ignore hateful, unhelpful reviews.
- What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
The waiting. It sounds crazy, but after you write, edit, create the cover, format, and submit—you wait. Betta readers, bloggers, reviewers, friends, family, new fans, public—you wait and wonder what they think of everything you’ve done. After spending all this time pouring your heart and mind into your story, you wait, hoping they love the story and characters as much you do. It can be excruciating.
- Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I’m not an erotica writer. I know it’s become a popular genre today but that is one subject I will not breech.
- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Love scenes are hard, mostly because I want to keep it clean but want to portray enough to keep the emotion intense enough for the reader. I find I rewrite those several times before it flows the way I want. I also have my beta readers read them several times before I’m satisfied. Action scenes are also harder to write, but not as hard as love scenes.
- Do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
I do dream, but very rarely do I remember my nightly dreams. When I do, I try to write them down in the morning. Sometimes, when I lay down during the day for a short nap, I will have a dream that sticks with me. Those vivid dreams are the ones that would stick with me the most.
- What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Keep going, keep writing. There will be days you want to give up, moments you will second guess your talents and abilities. You will wonder why you’re putting yourself through this torture, but you have a story that only you can tell and you need to keep going.
Top Ten List
Anything with Cherry in it. Cherry Pepsi, Cherry Coke, Cherry Sprint, Cherry Lemonade.
Dirty Diet Coke, (Diet coke with lime, coconut, and sometimes cream.) Brazilian Limeade (Limes, water, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk.)
Football, followed by baseball.
I got to stay in the same hotel, same floor, as the South Sudan President while visiting Washington D.C. We also got to see all the secret service, which was super cool.
Pride & Prejudice, Keira Knightley , Matthew MacFadyen version.
I hate snakes!
I love all kinds of music, but prefer country.
I’m finally going to Hawaii this Christmas
Eric: Mike Vogel
I always have a hard time picking actors. But Mike Vogel would be an awesome Eric.
Chloe: Lily Collins, Ashley Greene, or ??
He watched her walk into the shop with a man he’d never seen before. She looked better than he remembered and it took all he had in him to remain seated. He needed to find out who this man was . . . Taking along long swig of his beer, he slammed it back on the table, spilling some of its contents over the side in anger. Breathing deep, he clenched his hands under the table—watching, waiting.
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