The irrepressible but always enjoyable Margie Church has graced us by appearing on my blog today.
For those not familiar with Margie and her work, let me assure you she is one extremely devoted and talented lady. Every page she writes is from her heart, and she mulls over each and every word until she believes she has given the reader her absolute best.
So, without further ado, Margie agreed to answer a few questions, and she even told the truth in a couple of them.
Q) As a writer, what is your ultimate goal?
I always want the reader to be glad they spent money and time on one of my books. And when they've read that book, they were so enthralled they hunted down my back list and recommended me to their friends.
Q) How do you juggle home, career, family, and writing?
Not well when I'm on a deadline. I'm sober most of the time, and high on caffeine a lot. LOL I write for a living and I always have, so my children grew up learning that this is what I do, how I am. I have to have some balance. I want my children to remember that I was active in their formative years and I want my husband to feel like I'm a real partner in the family dynamics (which are often volatile with teenagers in the house LOL). I volunteer for their most important activities (drumline and Boy Scouts) and go to all their events. Sleep is usually the sacrifice. I wish the whole family could learn that interrupting mom isn't like a disruption while reading a newspaper. Throwing me out of "character" really irritates the hell out of me.
Q) There is so much that goes on behind the scenes in writing, such as rounds and rounds of editing. When you began writing professionally, what problems or bumps popped up that you never expected, and how did you adjust to them?
The first problem that popped up was learning I had a lot to learn! I made all the classic mistakes that new authors do. Fortunately, some to a lesser degree than others, so I chose my most egregious problems and made a plan to improve them, one at a time, with each book. For example, I was an adverb loving, head-hopper like you wouldn't believe. So I improved those on one book and mastered them on the next one. Then I moved down the list. After ten books, I've got a lot of the problems licked but I'm fine tuning all the time and some stuff I really think is dumb to have to do at all. LOL I pick my editing battles, but I just got a note from my editor today saying she noticed (again) how much I hate commas. *shrugs*
Q) Why did you choose to write under a pen name, and how did you decide what name to use?
Pat McCrotch was taken so I just went with the name on my driver's license. Sorta.
Q) Describe what would be the perfect morning of the most perfect day in your life.
I'm pretty easy…I'd like to be enjoying coffee on the front porch of my mountainside home. The forest would be ablaze with autumn colors and an ocean breeze would usher in the morning sunrise. Notice I'm alone? That's kind of an odd thing about me. I enjoy my own company. Sometimes, too much.
Q) If your soul mate cooked you the ultimate sensual dinner, what would be on the menu?
Lobster with drawn butter, steamed green beans, homemade vanilla bean ice cream, cognac.
Q) What have you had to sacrifice to become a writer?
Sleep. Time outside. Vacations. Days off. Sleep. Outings with friends. Volunteering that requires a regular commitment. Sleep. Friendships with those who think I write smut. Ego. Sleeping in. Going to sleep early. I'm a Type A personality, so I'm driven to succeed. Writing is a very solitary profession and mentors are few and far between. I'm not going to succeed if I don't work my rear off.
Q) When you write, are you a character in your stories, or are you on the sidelines watching the story as it unfolds?
I write in third person because I find first person, well, too personal. To me, writing in first person makes me feel too emotionally vulnerable. I have a hard time separating who I am from what I do. Having said that, I know one of my trademarks as an author is being able to draw you into the story until you are living vicariously through it. I'm able to project myself into the story enough to take you there, but I end up feeling like the characters are people I know, not components of myself.
Q) What's next for you? Are you considering new characters in a new setting?
I just contracted my next m/m romance, Krewe Daddy, with Noble Romance. This isn't exactly a sequel to Hard as Teak, but about a secondary character from that book, Drew,. This is the story about the love of Drew's life, Luis. When this book opens, Drew and Luis haven't seen each other for six years. The fires are still smoldering. The book takes place in New Orleans. Look for some great supporting characters, including a flaming, crossdresser named, Ronnie. I'm planning to be done writing this by 12/31.
I'm also partnering with Kb Cutter on a series titled RAZOR. The first installment in this BDSM romantic series is promised by 12/15.
Q) Which do you prefer to read – e-book or hard cover?
I've become a convert – eBook. I love my Kindle. I don't have a bookstore in town and I've read more books this year than I have in ten.
I really want to thank Margie for sharing some of her time with us today, but I also want to thank each one of you who stopped by. I hope to see all of you again soon.