As promised, the lovely M.S. Spencer is here and she's a great lady. So please help me welcome her.
1: Thank you so much for being here. Of course I always have to ask, when did you first begin writing?:-)
At birth! Well, at least by second grade. As soon as I learned to write I began churning out journals and poetry.
2: What inspired you to write?
It’s a primal need in one, don’t you think? Like the need to sleep & eat & drink wine? I couldn’t live without writing every day. My fingers itch when penless.
3: What are you currently working on?
My third book, a mystery romance set in Chincoteague Island, VA (a wildlife refuge. And this interview :-).
4: What do you for fun and relaxation when not writing?
Eat, drink, sleep, stare out the window, preferably at birds, watch C-Span (I’m a news junkie, having worked in politics. I love to swim and hike and cook as well.
5: Are there any authors you like to read?
It’s hard to read when I’m in the midst of a story—too confusing. But when not writing I enjoy the classic English mystery writers (Marsh, Allingham, Sayers, Christie), biographies, and newspapers.
6: What, if anything, are you currently reading?
An interesting novel set in the France of Louis XIV called The Oracle Glass, by Judith Riley.
7: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Believe that it will happen. Oh and get the *!@2&% manuscript in the envelope & to the post office.
8: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
That’s a toughie. Of all the places I haven’t been it would have to be the Galapagos Islands—how amazing to see such unique wildlife set in such a wild desolate sea-girt place! Or Italy for months and months.
9: Your debut novel with RRP came out September 10, 2009. Would you tell us a little bit about Lost In His Arms?
Lost in His Arms is a mainstream romance set in Washington DC and Europe in the early 1990s, a time when all kinds of diplomatic tsunamis were unfolding. It follows the romantic conflict of a political writer with her true love (a CIA troubleshooter) and her other lover, a dashing French diplomat.
In an era electric with possibility and peril Chloe Gray, political writer, and Michael Keller, CIA troubleshooter, meet under curiously conventional circumstances. Despite the instantaneous sparks, they both sense there is more between them than physical attraction. Chloe's professional detachment from the dramatic world events of the 1990s—a disintegrating USSR, Middle East peace talks, and Vietnam's reemergence on the world stage—dissolves as their love affair intensifies.
Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving her limp and lovelorn. Is he using her or protecting her? In her quest for answers, she is yanked into the dangerous world of Michael's work—in Washington, DC, in France, and in Spain. Looking for safe harbor (for her emotions? or her body?), she submits to the advances of a dashing French diplomat. Will she embrace the luxury and comfort of Emile and his chateau or the romance of international intrigue with Michael?
10: Your second novel, Lost And Found will be released on May 27th. Can you tell us bit about it?
First I’ve heard of the release date! Why am I always the last to know :-)?
Lost & Found is set mainly in Maine, with some scenes in Cambridge, Mass. & Florida. A beautiful, wealthy, insecure woman in her 40s, Rose Culloden, tries to find her young husband who has disappeared and finds real love while discovering the ugly truth about her spouse.
[BLURB] What do you do when David, your husband of a year, ups and disappears? If you’re Rose Culloden, a beautiful, wealthy woman in her forties who had despaired of finding happiness, you do anything to find him. The trail takes you first to the North Woods of Maine, then to Florida, and back again to western Maine. Along the way you meet James Stewart—a Maine guide—who vividly highlights the contrast between a real man and your delicate Harvard professor of a husband. Loyal to your marriage despite your powerful attraction to James, it takes the dramatic discovery that David is not just vicious and venal, but insane, to free your heart for true love.