Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi Meggan, thanks for having me here on the blog today. A little about me? Well, I’m a happily married mother of four kids who lost herself in her roles of wife and mom, but found myself when I started writing again. Now I’ve got an amazing career in which it actually pays to be a drama queen!
What is the most romantic thing your significant other or anyone has done for you?
Once, when my husband was traveling for work, I’d just had a baby and got a horrid case of mastitis while he was gone. I was sick, tired, and calling him at 3am to cry because of how awful I felt. He actually sent someone to our house to help me with the kids, and had my favorite Chinese food delivered for my dinner. He did it all from 2000 miles away. What a guy…
That is a nice guy! Wow! It’s so nice to have a supportive husband So, tell me, do you ever write in your PJs?
Is there something else I could wear while writing? Why has no one ever explained that to me?
I guess it’s a secret. I’m wearing capris right now. 🙂
What are your pet peeves?
Liars. Oh, and those snarky women who gossip and back bite. I avoid high school like behavior with all of my might. I’m 36 now. No more Mean Girls drama for me!
Just because I want to know: Cats or dogs? And tell us why.
Dogs. Always dogs. I’m allergic to cats…plus, I’m pretty sure they’re Satan’s Minions.
I love my cat, but I’m pretty sure she’s Satan’s minion, so you might not be that far off. Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
Chocolate, always chocolate.
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
iPhone, lipstick, a notepad, and pants. Never forget your pants, people. It’s embarrassing as hell.
It is rather unfortunate when you forget your pants—or when for some reason, they mysteriously fall off. Speaking of pants falling off (like my segue there?)… If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Um……Gerard Butler. You know, just to look at. Jillian Micheals, so she could whip me into shape so that Gerard would want to make out with me by the end of the time on the island. And then…Bear Gryllis. That dude could survive anywhere.
Bear Gryllis is insane. He seems to enjoy the brackish water/salt water enema a little TOO much. (TMI? Sorry. I watch the show) And to continue with the newfound no pants theme, tell me an actor you have a crush on?
I have to pick just one? Probably Gerard…because…well, duh.
Let’s talk about your writing. What made you decide to be an author?
It’s the perfect job for someone who is melodramatic and imaginative. This is the way I use my powers for good and not evil.
Are you a pantser or a plotter and why?
I am a pantser who is also a closet plotter. I get a ways into a story, and then I have to stop and LOOSELY plot where the story is going, otherwise I will make it into a 300K word saga.
Is there a particular author who may have influenced you?
Kristan Higgins. All the way.
What is your all time favorite book?
Of all time? Silas Marner, by George Eliot. In the romance genre? Probably Catch Of The Day, by Kristan Higgins. How’s that for a leap?
Good calls. What is your favorite sentence or quote in your new release?
“We’d only known each other for a total of seven minutes.”
I liked that, too, for the depth of feeling present after just seven minutes. Love it. How much trouble did your characters give you while writing your new release? Which one?
Charlotte gave me a lot of trouble. I had a hard time not making her too wishy-washy.
Where do you get your ideas from?
All around! Every couple has a love story to tell…
Hm. Next time, I’ll tell you mine. I’m pretty sure the hubs and I are a Rom Com waiting to happen. So, tell me, how did you choose your title?
Vincent works as a carny for a living, so naming it The Carny seemed simple. J
How do you cure writer’s block? I ask, because I need to know.
Music…lots of it! The louder the better!
Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?
Never give up. Keep writing. Write 60 books if you have too. And go to conferences. They are priceless.
Where can your readers stalk you?
Tell us about your new release:
“At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then he disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored.
Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to–reluctantly–take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago.
As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He’s back to run his father’s carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival?
After all, you can’t judge a carny by its cover.”