Thursday, November 18, 2010

In the Author Spotlight: Maeve Greyson

Cate: Please welcome Maeve Greyson. Maeve, will you please share a short bio with us?
Maeve: Hello to everyone on this gorgeous November day! Cate, thank you so much for inviting me over for a chat. This is my favorite time of year. Here in Kentucky, the woods blaze with the rich colors of the season and every footstep through the yard crunches with the growing pile of falling leaves. I consider myself lucky to live in the middle of a densely wooded, remote five acres out in the middle of nowhere. I share this sanctuary with my husband of over thirty-one years, my beloved dog, Jasper, and a variety of critters who drop in for a visit from time to time.

Cate: It sounds lovely. :) Please tell us about Beyond a Highland Whisper and where it's available.
Maeve: “Beyond a Highland Whisper” will be available from The Wild Rose Press in February 2011. It’s the story of a mystically gifted Scot from the 1400’s who discovers too late that you should NEVER anger a selfish witch. Poor Latharn MacKay finds himself trapped inside a crystal globe when he withholds his heart from a wicked sorceress. The only escape from the hellish curse is for his destined love to confess her feelings for him in the presence of the glass orb. There’s just a few hurdles he has to overcome to guide Nessa in that direction. Nessa lives six hundred years in the future and Latharn’s forbidden to speak to her. He’s only allowed SILENT visits to her dreams. And then there’s still the problem with the enraged witch. She’s determined to have the final say…unless love proves more powerful.

Cate: Very intriguing. Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Maeve: This short bit is a sequence from one of Latharn’s visits to Nessa’s dreams. He’s trying to atone for allowing her to witness one of his jealous fits in a previous dream:
However, tonight Latharn was different. He didn’t go any further then the hungry possession of her mouth or the desperate, crushing embrace. Nessa sensed he needed this night to be different. His body tensed beneath her touch, he restrained his caress as if he wanted her to reason rather than just shatter into mindless bliss.
He raised his head and gazed into her eyes. Nessa flinched at the depths of pain and frustration etched in his face. He struggled, trying to communicate, to connect with her deepest emotions without the use of words. He took his palm, flattened it against his heart then placed it upon her chest. His brows drawn together in a questioning frown, he tilted his head and waited for a sign that she understood.
Her lower lip quivered at the very obvious gesture. Nessa whispered and covered his hand with hers. “Are you telling me you love me?” Her whisper caught in her throat.
One corner of his mouth pulled up into a relieved smile as Latharn nodded and brushed his lips across hers. He took a deep breath as though steeling himself against his own deepest fears. He took her hand and repeated the heart touching gesture from her chest to his. Then he raised a brow and awaited her answer, anxiety filling his eyes.
A lone tear escaped down her cheek as Nessa stared at her hand splayed upon his broad chest. “You know I love you,” she murmured with a moan. “I just wish that you were real.”
He squeezed his eyes shut, pulling her into his arms to cradle her against his chest. Holding her close, he stroked her hair as she gave way to tears.

Cate: Loved it. Can you tell us why we're going to love your hero?
Maeve: Latharn MacKay is the ultimate alpha male with the single-minded purpose of convincing the woman he’s loved across the web of time into saving his soul so they can be together. But he’s not a selfish man. Nessa suffers from a less than happy childhood. One that left her convinced she’s a plain Jane with nothing going for her but her brains. Her painful past scarred her emotionally. If need be, Latharn would spend eternity trapped in his crystal hell to help Nessa escape from hers.

Cate: Tease us with one little thing about your fictional world that makes it different from others.
Maeve: That’s a tough one, Cate! A cursed hero, destined love, danger and an especially hot scene at an enchanted spring deep in the woods of Scotland –would any of those things count? ;-)

Cate: Sounds great! What's next for you?
Maeve: I’ve submitted the story of Latharn’s brother Faolan to a publisher for review. I’m hoping “The Highlander’s Fury” will peak their interest. Please keep your fingers crossed! Another paranormal romance that I’m especially fond of, “Eternity’s Mark” is still in the Kensington Brava / RT Book Reviews Writing with the Stars contest. I’d love to survive all the rounds and win that publishing contract. I’m especially fond of Taggart and Hannah. I’d appreciate everyone’s support AND vote!

Cate: Best of luck! What inspired you to draft your first story?
Maeve: I needed to help my mother escape the terrors of her world. With failing health, the medical procedures looming over her closed in like unrelenting demons. When I read my stories aloud to her, she’d relax and sometimes even manage a smile.

Cate: Do you have a writing routine?
Maeve: Okay. I know the correct answer here would be “yes” but that would also be a lie. I don’t have a good enough memory to be a liar. So, I’m afraid the answer is “no”. Believe it or not, I work full time at a steel mill so, I pretty much grab my writing time any free moment that I can.

Cate: Where can you be found on the web?
Maeve: Here’s a few places I can be found. I’d love it if everyone would stop in and say, “hi”. Also, if you drop by my Facebook profile, you’ll see all my pictures from my recent trip to Scotland and Ireland. It was AWESOME! *insert angelic choir here.*

Cate: Great photos. *sigh* I'm envious. Ireland's on my bucket list.
Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Maeve: What is it about a story that touches your heart and makes you remember it even YEARS later?

Cate: Great question. Thanks for being my guest Maeve! Best of luck with your upcoming release!


Maeve Greyson said...

I'd like to thank Cate for allowing me to visit her blog while she enjoys her vacation. I admire her SO much. Also, at the time I wrote this post, the link to vote in Round Two of Writing With the Stars wasn't available. But NOW it is - so if you've got a sec - I'd SO appreciate your support for Eternity's Mark! Here's the link:

Have a great day everyone! I'm off to the day job now but I'll be checking back when I get home tonight in case anyone has any questions. :-)

elizabethisaacs said...

Great interview, Maeve! Now I have new books to add to my TBR pile.:-)

Margie Church said...

Best wishes with that new book submission!

Maeve Greyson said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope you enjoy BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER when it comes out. :-)

Maeve Greyson said...

Thanks, Margie! Keep your fingers crossed for me. (and toes too) ;-)

Sherry Gloag said...

Now I know what to put on my birthday wish-list :-) Great interview and excerpt, Maeve. Best wishes with the book when it comes out. :-)

Chicks of Characterization said...

Excellent interview ladies!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Best of luck with your new submission!


Maeve Greyson said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Sherry! Take care. :-)

Maeve Greyson said...

Thank you, Andrea! I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :-)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Beyond a Highland Whisper sounds really intriguing, Maeve.
Nice interview Maeve and Cate!

Maeve Greyson said...

Thank you, Taryn! I'm hoping everyone will love reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. :-)

Anonymous said...

love the excerpt and great story premise!

Anonymous said...

I love reading Maeve's short of her new book. She is a favorite of mine and a dear friend. Please go to the website and vote for her. Here's hoping you win the contest as I know you are already a winner!!!

Maeve Greyson said...

Thank you, Liz! I appreciate you stopping by!

Maeve Greyson said...

And thank you, my "dear friend" for your kind words and your continued support. It means the world to me!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Maeve,
Great post and wonderful excerpt.Good luck with round two. I'll duck over and cast my vote for you.



Debra St. John said...

Hi Maeve,

I love the sound of crunching leaves and the beautiful colors of Fall, too. It's my favorite season.

Love the sound of your espcially hot scene by an enchanted spring!

Maeve Greyson said...

Thanks so much for your support, Margaret! I truly appreciate it.


Maeve Greyson said...

Thank you for your kind words, Debra, and for stopping by. :-)

Mary Ricksen said...

Maeve, I absolutely cannot wait to read this one! I looooovvve time travel and this is dang unique.
I love the comment, that you don't have a good enough memory to be a liar, that is priceless.
You can always tell a liar, they forget what they've told you!
Maeve you are adorable!!
I envy your home in the woods!!!

Maeve Greyson said...

I'm so glad you stopped by Mary and I do hope you'll like my book. Your opinion matters a lot to me not only because you're a "time travel" author yourself but because you're such a valued friend! Or as my granddaughter would say, "You're just AWESOME!"


Becca Dale said...

Great interview, Maeve and the excerpt sounds intriguing. Good luck with the upcoming release.

Maeve Greyson said...

Thanks Becca! I appreciate you stopping by. :-)

Pat McDermott said...

I enjoyed both the interview and the excerpt, Maeve. Gotta watch those enraged witches. Best of luck with all your wonderful writing!

Maeve Greyson said...

LOL! Thanks for stopping by, Pat. :-)