I’m so glad you could join me on the blog today 🙂 We have author Maggie McGinnis in the hot seat. She’s agreed to answer a few questions about herself and she is also sharing her release Heart Like Mine. I love the cover, blurb, and excerpt!
Afterward, check out her giveaway!
Let’s get started …What 5 words would your friends use to describe you?
Oh, boy. Shy, empathetic, quiet, funny, and amazingly coordinated. I might be lying about one of those.
Tell us what you had for breakfast.
Bagel with peanut butter—my standing order at my favorite bagel shop.
I’m a huge fan of toast with peanut butter for breakfast 🙂 What’s the last movie you went to the theater to see?
It probably says a lot about my social life that I had to just Google 2015 movie releases, and in the top 50, the only one I saw in a theater was Inside Out. There are many on that list that I’d LOVE to see, though. Does that count?
Definitely counts. You have to have a wish list 🙂 When you first saw your cover for HEART LIKE MINE what was your first thought?
“Oh, the pretty!” I am so in love with the colors on this cover!
Love it! Cover art is one of the best parts about being published 🙂 What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
I love the element of discovery, when I’m humming along and suddenly something seems clear, or a new idea pops into my head and somehow it completes a puzzle I hadn’t necessarily known I was trying to solve. I’m not a plotter, and this is why. I get so much energy from the process of figuring it out as I go. (That said, it also causes me way more stress than is probably healthy, so finding a balance someday might be a really excellent idea.)
When did you know you wanted to become an author?
The first time a group of people laughed at something I wrote was a defining moment for me. I realized that maybe I did have the power to entertain—to take someone out of her own moment and put her in one I created—and that was an amazing feeling. Whenever I read a review or get a note from a reader, it just solidifies that feeling. I love that books have the power to transport people in so many ways.
Nicely said! I love choosing character names. Tell us how you chose the names for your characters in HEART LIKE MINE.
Actually, this is kind of funny, because I just realized that for my heroines, I almost always use names that Mr. McG put the kibosh on when we were choosing names for our own little ones. My heroes are sometimes combinations of guys in my past (the good ones, of course!), but many times, names just pop into my head, and they seem perfect for the character. Clearly, I don’t have a system!
What is your favorite type of scene to write…love scene, fighting scene, make up scene, or another type of scene and why?
I love-love-love writing the verbal sparring at the beginning of a relationship, but I think my absolute favorite scenes to write are the ones where heroes and heroines are at their lowest points, broken, on their emotional knees. There’s such beautiful, horrible emotion in those moments, and such discovery. These scenes absolutely wring me out, but in the end, they’re always my favorites.
What one characteristic from your hero and then your heroine do you have in common?
Delaney’s shyness is something I can definitely empathize with, being a certifiable introvert myself. I’m totally the girl in the corner, nursing her drink, listening to other people’s conversations and taking notes for future books. J As for Joshua, he feels like no matter what he does, it’s never enough, and I can totally relate. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a parent out there who can’t.
Care to share what you’re working on now?
I’d love to!! I have two books coming out later this year, which is so exciting! SHE’S GOT A WAY, the third book in the Echo Lake series, is coming out in the fall. It features a boarding school dean who gets sent to Camp Echo with her misbehaving students, and a camp director who wants nothing to do with a bunch of rich girls showing up at his wilderness camp—lots of fun, with lots of emotion.
Also this fall, the fourth book in my Whisper Creek series, UNLUCKY IN LOVE, comes out. It’s more of a comedic romance that features a woman on a mission to travel the country and pretend she’s someone else, and a cowboy who just longs for roots…until he meets this crazy woman who seems to have forgotten who she is.
Two more Whisper Creek books are planned for 2017, along with some other projects that are still on the down-low. It’s going to be fun!!
RANDOM FUN…FINISH THIS SENTENCE:
I always like to … sing in the car, which drives my kiddos crazy.
If I had one wish today it’d be … for some sleep. And world peace. But first, sleep.
The book I’m reading now is … Carolina Man, by Virginia Kantra. So good!
My toothbrush is … hopefully exactly where I left it.
The favorite room in my house is … my office, because it’s mine. And it has a door. 🙂
I will never eat … anything smushy. Yes, it’s a word, and nope, I just can’t do it.
Blair loves her job at Echo Lake’s Mercy Hospital, where she’s developed a
reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she’s assigned to cut
funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs,
and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics
department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could
do without, but she’s determined to stay focused while she brings his budget
It’s not working.
Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick
kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk
business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them
can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must
work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other’s
“You’re just going to have to go down there, Delaney.” Megan propped a hip on Delaney’s desk two days later. Delaney envied her assistant’s long skirt, gypsy earrings, and long, loose cotton blouse. In college, she’d have topped it off with a head scarf and combat boots, but for the workplace, she’d gone with her standard-issue leather sandals.
Delaney looked down at her own outfit and wondered when she’d turned into a toned-down version of her country club mother. Her neatly ironed blouse was set off by a perfectly matched skirt and jacket, and as she fingered the pearls at her throat, she sighed. Then she let her eyes coast down her calves, down to the Jimmy Choos she’d bought just last month. It was her splurge, her bow to girliness and inappropriate spending, and damn, she loved these shoes.
She really did need to ditch the pearls, though.
“I can’t just go down there, Megan.” Delaney felt a tingle at the base of her neck, just thinking of walking onto the pediatric floor. No, she definitely couldn’t go down there.
“Well, he’s obviously not coming to you.”
“How can he just ignore my messages like this? It’s downright rude.”
“Or he’s downright busy. Have you seen the bed count on pediatrics this week?”
“No.” Delaney cringed. It wasn’t the kind of thing she kept track of on a daily basis.
“There is always the possibility that he’s not intentionally ignoring you. Just saying.”
“I’ll check.” Delaney clicked into the system that listed current inpatient numbers. When she got to the pediatric floor, her eyes widened. “Holy—”
“Exactly.” Megan raised her eyebrows.
“We don’t even have that many pediatric beds.”
“I know. They had to move a couple of the teenagers up to adult floors to make space.”
Delaney clicked back through the past month, and the patient counts went up and down a little bit, but not much.
“I’m just saying—this could be why Dr. Mackenzie hasn’t called back.” Megan leaned close to Delaney and plucked open her top button. “Which means you, third floor, this afternoon. He’s clearly isn’t coming to you.”
Delaney felt the chills creep down her spine. She had never actually been on Mercy’s pediatric floor—had never been on any pediatric floor—not since Parker had died.
“Delaney? You okay?” Megan’s brow creased as she studied Delaney’s face. “You are six shades of white, girl. Does talking to non-executive-suite people make you this scared?”
“No.” Delaney’s voice came out in a whisper.
“Oh.” Megan’s hand flew to her mouth. “Oh, God. I’m sorry.” She squeezed her eyes shut. “I’m so sorry. I wasn’t thinking.”
Delaney nodded slowly. “It’s okay. It’s been—a long time since he died. Not like you would think of it.”
“But I should have. I’m really sorry.” Megan tried to look into her eyes, but Delaney’s felt all shifty. “Do you want me to go with you?”
“No, Meg. I don’t want to go at all.”
“I know. He’s not coming to me.” She took a deep breath, blowing it out slowly. Maybe it wouldn’t be horrible. Maybe she wouldn’t melt into a panic-puddle at the elevator doors. Maybe she wouldn’t see Parker everywhere she looked.
Maybe pigs flew.
USA Today bestselling author Maggie McGinnis is a Golden Heart Finalist who lives in New England, vastly outnumbered by both children and cats. She writes sweet romances set in Montana and Vermont, and feels extremely fortunate that through her books, she gets to fall in love every single day. She’s a sucker for romantic comedies, popcorn, and the perfect green pen, and if she wasn’t an author, she’d totally be rocking a Nashville club in her pink cowgirl boots. It’s probably good that she embraced the author thing, because her singing skills are better suited to the shower, and really? Pink cowgirl boots?