1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Thanks for hosting me today, Jamallah. It's always a treat to be someplace new. I'm not the person on the street you'd suspect would be a romance author. I'm a wife, mom, and pretty average in a lot of ways. I've been working in advertising a long time, and started writing fiction four years ago (fan fic Days of Our Lives fans!). Since then, I've written 16 books. I'm 2011 GLBT Author of the Year at LRC, and my book, Hard as Teak is 2011 GLBT Book of the Year. I'm a native Minnesotan – yes, I love winter – and a Facebook addict.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy in your spare time?
I got a pair of snowshoes for Christmas, and I'm enjoying those a lot. Because of a back injury years ago, I can't run, so walking is my thing – especially at night. I love my perennial gardens, fishing in the summer, going to concerts – I'm going to P!nk in March and the opera. Music inspires me. One of our sons is in drum and bugle corps and winter drumline so I enjoy year-round performances he's in. I also volunteer at church, and with Boy Scouts as one son is going to be an Eagle Scout this year.
3. What is your daily writing routine?
I am most productive from mid-afternoon until the shank of the evening. I try to write 1,000 words every day. Often I exceed that, but I strongly believe that writers need to be disciplined in order to hone their craft and produce. My writing goal this year is six full novels. Some of those I'm co-authoring, so we set schedules to meet our completion dates. I also work as a high school tutor, I'm also looking for another job, and I have a family so all this requires organization to accomplish. And all authors know that promotions – such as these also take time and for me, don't count toward my 1k a day writing goal. Truth be told, I write at least 40 hours a week.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
A picture, a suggestion, a song…shockingly little.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, which is your favorite and why?
Usually the book I'm writing. Each book is a favorite for different reasons. Writing requires passion for the story or you're wasting your time. For that reason, I can't choose just one. I know I'm no help…unless you tell me what you enjoy and I can make a recommendation.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I'm the biggest chicken shit about things that go bump in the night. I used to (notice past tense) go camping with our family. I'd have to wake up my husband to walk me to the bathroom at night and our beautiful children would be in the camper. I'd be scared to death a bear would get them while we were gone for five minutes. Of course nothing bad ever happened except that I got no sleep and I'd be the bear the next day. My husband always told me how ridiculous I am, but the littlest twig snap would wake me with a, "What was that!?" I'm way more trouble than I'm worth on a camping trip. They now leave me home. Which. Suits. Me. Fine.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Oh, I think parts of me and my life are in all my books in some fashion or another. I think those kinds of things help authors really identify with what they're writing and give us the ability to pull in deeper emotions and make the story vivid. None of my books is close to being autobiographical. Some parts of my life need to remain private.
8. What other genre besides the one you are writing now would you like to venture into writing?
I'm writing two books right now that are out of my usual genre. Razor: Love's Storm is the second book in the Razor trilogy. I'm writing with K.B. Cutter and the series deals with the poorly understood and often maligned concept of polyamory. Make no mistake, the Razor series is a romance series, but we're dealing with three people – a married couple who INVITES a third into their marriage. Their journey is often rocky and confusing, but forming this new family is a choice three consenting adults make in the name of love. This series is sold to Sizzler Editions.
The second book I am finishing this weekend is I Am Jolene. It's new adult fiction with romantic elements. Jolene had a traumatic childhood of torture, abuse, and murder. How does she pick up the pieces? Will she choose to be a terrible person with a chip on her shoulder or make something good out of her broken past? Eventually, she meets a young man who shows her affection she's never had, but I Am Jolene isn't about a man making things better in Jolene's life. Brendan is only a component of all the things she needs to address to be happy and productive. I'm on the hunt for a publisher and/or agent. What a task that is. Please wish me luck.
9. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
It's solitary and you're constantly asking whether you're good enough. The profession is rife with negativity, jealousy, and competition. You have to dig deep a lot of days to thrive.
10. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
Boxer briefs are scrumptious on a well-defined body.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest book?
My newest is Cream on the Crop, but I don't have the cover yet. It's part of the Bound for Midnight Anthology. The publisher, Sizzler Editions, liked the short story so much they asked for a novel length version. So, attached are the faces of the characters, Neha and Jamal, and an excerpt. Cream on the Crop is a paranormal, BDSM erotic romance. Could we make it any more complicated? Ha!
Blurb: Cream on the Crop by Margie Church
After growing up in politics, Neha Thompson craves privacy. Her new farm seems the perfect place to create a new life, until peculiar events bring the sheriff to her door.
Jamaal Cooper's feelings about black rights angered some of the locals during the 1948 Freedom Train movement. His body was found on Neha's farm, and his murder remains unsolved. For 65 years, his restless spirit has harassed the property owners, driving them away one by one. Neha is next.
When Jamaal uncovers Neha's most secret desires, she's faced with a choice to submit to this ghostly Master or be driven away like the others.
Excerpt: Cream on the Crop by Margie Church
Her throat went dry, and her thoughts scattered like spent dandelion seeds floating on a breeze.
"Mr. Cooper, I didn't know you, but you died or were left to die on my property. I'm sorry for that. I suppose you might think it's strange for me to be here like this, but I wanted to tell you I'm proud of you, Mr. Cooper. You would have been a man I could admire. I read a little bit about you. You were a leader, a man before his time. You were fighting for your rights as an American citizen and those of other black Americans. Had you lived, I'm sure your humble life as a blacksmith would have been only a stepping stone to something even more rewarding. You were loved. I'm certain your friends and family grieve for the injustice over your unsolved murder. I'm not here to say I'm going to find who did this to you. I only came to say I'm staying on the farm, and mean you no disrespect."
Thinking of the poltergeist, she raised the small candle to eye level. "If your restless spirit is the source of all these mysterious problems over the years, I can understand that. I'm not asking you to leave, only live peacefully with me."
After a few seconds, Neha blew out the candle and rose.
"Do you really think a simple plea will make me stop?"
She whirled around at the sound of the voice. She hadn't heard anyone approaching. The candle fell from her hand. She couldn't believe her eyes.
"You're dead." The words croaked out of her throat, laden with alarm.
His full lips spread in a broad grin, revealing his even, white teeth. "You summoned me with your little pagan show, so here I am."
The shock of seeing Jamaal Cooper standing in front of her paralyzed Neha. As though vines suddenly grew from the ground and wrapped around her legs, she couldn't move.
She shook her head as she spoke in a breathy voice. "You're not here."
Jamaal stepped forward and touched her cheek with his fingers. His skin felt warm, and a little bit rough like a working man's hands do.
Her knees quaked. Her mind spun with a million urgent commands to flee, yet she stood there, statuesque, staring at a man who had been dead for sixty-five years. His hair, neatly braided into cornrows, reached his shirt collar. At a moment like this, Neha really questioned her sanity when all she wondered about was how he'd kept the shirt crisp and white.
"Your body quivers. Is it from fear or something else?"
She swatted his hand away. At least the sensation of their flesh connecting gave her a little reality check. Jamaal Cooper was, indeed standing in front of her, acting like nothing was unusual.
Her spunk returned. "I'm always nervous when I've visited by a ghost." She crinkled her eyebrows together. "Wait a minute. How do I know you're Jamaal? Maybe you're just some pre-Halloween prankster."
"If that's true, why did I release Dark Knight Travels and Double The Pleasure from their stalls?"
She thought for a long moment of how this imposter might learn the registered names for Sir and Rodeo. She came up empty, but another thought occurred to her. "Why did you whip my horses?"
"Next time, perhaps I should try the whip on you." He cocked his head as though studying prey. "You might really enjoy it."
His audacity fired her defenses. "There won't be a next time."
"Not for the horses, but your first time will be very memorable."
Keep up with Margie:
Margie's website: Romance with SASS
Margie's blog: http://blog.RomanceWithSASS.com
Margie's Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Margie-Church/e/B008H7HO4I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Noble Romance Buy Link: https://www.nobleromance.com/Authors/102
Margie's Sizzler Editions page: http://shop.renebooks.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=CHURCH-01
Margie's Decadent Publishing page: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=563&osCsid=u2trcha42aae1ncia4hrngp3h2