Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Today we have author Mae Clair visiting. I’ve met Mae through Six Sentence Sunday. She’s of the many talented authors who share a six sentence snippet of one of their published works or a work in progress. Today she’s here so we can learn some of her secrets and also hear about her release WEATHERING ROCK.
And she’s also giving away a copy of her book in either epub or mobi format to one lucky commenter! So don’t forget to leave your email address when you comment 🙂
Mae, I’m excited to have you here. Tell us about yourself in 5 sentences.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart. My day job is real estate marketing. I can’t parallel park. I read everything from romance, thrillers and mysteries, to horror, science-fiction, YA, fantasy and non-fiction. I prefer small gatherings to large parties, and coo over every cat I see.
I love that you read such a variety…and I also admit I’m glad to hear you can’t parallel park because I thought I was the only one! Lol If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Pretty much any type of seafood, particularly shellfish. I know a lot of people have allergies to it, but I love it. It makes me think summer and beaches. I don’t touch red meat *shudder* but I’d be lost without seafood.
Seafood is yummy, although I still love a good steak on occasion too 🙂 Movies, books or books made into movies?
Books. That’s not to say I don’t love an exceptional movie, but there’s a greater variety to choose from in books. I’d rather curl up and read than sit in front of a screen.
What genre (s) do you write?
Romantic suspense, usually with a paranormal or mythical twist.
When and where are your favorite places to write?
I enjoy taking my laptop outside in warm weather, but I’m not as productive as when I sequester myself in my den with minimal distractions. Because I work full-time, most of my writing is restricted to evenings and weekends. Usually, once I get started, I have no problem taking off on a tangent!
Drawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse?
Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her.
Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secrets–some of which threaten the possibility of their happiness.
Finding a decent guy who’ll commit is hard enough. How can she expect Caleb to forsake his own century to be with her?
That last paragraph is awesome! Do you prefer to write in the male POV or the female? Why?
Hmm. I never really thought about it, but I don’t really have a preference. As an author, it’s a matter of getting into my characters’ heads and their thoughts. One seems as natural as the other, given I know them so well. I write character-driven fiction, (developing characters before plot), so by the time I start spinning the story, I’m comfortable with both. It’s sort of like changing clothes, from one favorite outfit to another.
I love naming my characters. Do you have a special process you use in naming your hero and heroine, or villain?
I love naming characters too! It’s my favorite part of starting a new story. I don’t have a special process I use, but I do collect names, jotting them down whenever I come across one I like. My ‘naming notebook’ is the first place I look when I need a character name. After that, I might check out baby naming books or online resources. For the most part, I already have one tucked away I want to use.
I have a “naming folder” on my flash drive. I’m also lucky enough to work in a hospital where I run across some wonderful first names and surnames to use in books. I guess we’re name collector’s Mae! Lol What five words describe your hero and your heroine?
Caleb: Commanding, conflicted, noble, courtly, werewolf
Arianna: Curious, determined, outspoken, loyal, mischievous
What’s one of your favorite lines in this book?
“Are you going to sully me now?”
Please share an excerpt from WEATHERING ROCK.
“Stop it!” Arianna shook off Wyn’s grip, pivoting to face him. “Are you crazy?”
Before he could answer, something slammed against the door. Caleb screamed. The sound knifed through her like the violent jolt of an electrical wire.
“Caleb!” She launched herself at the door, panicked and terrified by the thought of the man she loved in horrific pain.
“Don’t!” Wyn stiff-armed her aside and grabbed the knob, forcibly holding it in place. “Get a chair. Something, anything! We’ve got to keep him locked inside.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Arianna, get a fricking chair. Now!”
There was another crash, and then a bang as something heaved against the door, making it shudder from top to bottom. Arianna heard a snarl that turned her blood to ice. The door rattled in its frame, weakening as something battered against it. Something inhuman locked in the room with Caleb.
A cold fist clamped over her stomach.
“Wyn, what’s going on?”
“Chair!” he spat. “Get me a damn chair.”
The raw urgency of his voice plowed through her confusion. She darted into the dining room, snagged a chair, and dragged it into the hallway. The thing in the parlor was still hammering away, heaving itself against the door in an attempt to burst through. Wyn’s face was white with strain as he struggled to hold the door shut with both hands. He rammed the top of the chair beneath the knob, wedging it securely into place. A blood-thirsty howl exploded from the other side, kicking Arianna’s heartbeat into overdrive.
“My God, Wyn, what’s going on?” She lurched for the door.
“Don’t. You don’t know what you’re doing.” Wyn caught her around the waist and swung her up against the wall.
She tried to squirm free. “I know Caleb’s trapped in there. We have to help him! There’s something in the room. Can’t you hear it?”
He held her wrists, pinning her arms to the wall. “Listen to me!” His eyes were wild, his face inches from hers. With a single frenetic skip of her heart, she realized he was as terrified as she was.
“There’s nothing in the room. Only Caleb. Do you hear me, Arianna? It’s Caleb.”
“No!” She shook her head, unwilling to believe what he told her, but another ear-splitting snarl fanned her fear higher. Nothing made sense. Not the stark fear in Wyn’s eyes, the sweat-slickened grip of his palms crushing her wrists or the chillingly inhuman sounds coming from the parlor. The man she loved could never sound so guttural or barbarous.
“I don’t care!” She ripped free of his hold. “I don’t care if he’s by himself or in there with something else. You have to help him!”
She lunged for the door, but Wyn grappled her around the waist, holding fast. They were still struggling when the sound of shattering glass rang through the narrow center hall of Weathering Rock.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received on your writing journey?
Be sure every scene advances your plot.
Wonderful advice! Tell us what happened first when you received your contract.
I was fortunate enough to be offered a contract the first time I submitted. I’d steeled myself for rejection as all authors do, so the acceptance was a wonderful surprise. The first thing I did was send a text to my husband, then I went back and read the email over 2 or 3 times to let it sink in. Talk about elation!
Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? 🙂
I would love to! I recently signed a contract with my publisher, Lyrical Press, for my latest work, a contemporary romantic suspense novel called TWELFTH SUN.
It involves a treasure hunt for a valuable marine artifact. My heroine, Reagan Cassidy, has been asked by her uncle to work with a friend who’s a renowned authority in the field of marine archeology. She agrees, thinking he’s going to be a stodgy old man, close to her uncle’s age. Instead, she gets Dr. Elijah Cross, a quirky twenty-five year old. Reagan is an ‘older’ woman at thirty-five but once they start working together, the sparks and attraction fly!
Ooohh, sounds good already! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
Amazon Author Page
WEATHERING ROCK is Available from:
Thanks so much for having me, Christine! I really enjoyed my visit 🙂
And thank you for taking the time to visit with us Mae! Good luck with your book and remember everyone, if you would like the chance to win a copy of Mae’s book, please leave a comment with your email address 🙂