Friday, October 23, 2009

I Need Friends Friday: Miss Mae

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's friend is Miss Mae, author of romantic mysteries and a freelance writer, as well. She is the co-founder of the Sweetest Romance Authors group, a collection of readers and authors who promote, encourage, produce and support G-rated romances. She can be found on the web at her website and blog, on myspace, facebook and twitter.

Let's get to know Miss Mae!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Miss Mae: Thank you for having me today.

SME: I am delighted. Doing an INFF interview where I don't actually know my new friend is always a lot of fun!

Miss Mae: Fun? ..Glad you look at it like that! hee hee

SME: I am abnormal.

Miss Mae: It's a very unique idea you have here. Well done!

SME: Why, thank you. So, I know that you are a writer. Is this something you've always wanted to do or was it something you sort of stumbled on?

Miss Mae: I loved to read in elementary school, fell in love with the Nancy Drew stories. I tried my hand at it at the tender age of 10. Wasn't quite like Nancy, you know. Still, the desire to dream up adventures like hers always remained with me.

SME: I have had so many writers tell me that they were avid readers as children.

Miss Mae: I sure was. I always loved a good mystery or suspense, grew into the romance genre. My big brother loved sci-fi, so I read lots of his books too.

SME: Which genre do you write?

Miss Mae: I call it "romantic mysteries" because I combine the both. At least I try to. I hope I succeed a little.

SME: You've essentially taken the mystery/suspense genre that you have always loved & the romance that you grew into and put them in a blender, right? A romantic mystery smoothie!

Miss Mae: I think so. I try. The first thing I plot out is the mystery, but I always want the hero and heroine to fall in love by tale's end too.

SME: I always want someone to fall in love in every book I ever read. If they don't, I tend to become irrationally frustrated. Perhaps this is why I write romances.

Miss Mae: There have been some books I've read that dealt strictly with the romance (like a lot of those Harlequin books), but I get bored with that formula if there isn't something else to intrigue me along the way.

SME: Is there a genre you could never see yourself writing?

Miss Mae: Erotic, horror... gimme a minute, I might think of some more!

SME: I could never do either of those!!

Miss Mae: I'm a sweet romance author. My romance will always be strictly G-rated. I care nothing for bedroom scenes, or sensual "love" smooching scenes.

SME: And you had a book come out just this month, I understand.

Miss Mae: Yes, my current release is
"When the Bough Breaks."

SME: Another romantic mystery, I assume

Miss Mae: Yes, it is, though it's also classed as a YA.

SME: So a YA-clean-romantic-mystery. Wow the genre classification is getting longer all the time.

Miss Mae: I know!

SME: Could you give us a quick blurb for "When the Bough Breaks"?

Miss Mae: Darlene Moore's reason for shunning
Parker Shane has nothing to do with his reputation of being a playboy. She even dates him before the death of her mother forces her to move away. After a two-year absence from Dalesville, she returns home to find Parker exchanging wedding vows with her sister. Two months later, her sister dies. Then Richard Ryan, head of Dalesvill's wealthy, prominent family, and Parker's employer, goes missing. Could there be a connection to his disappearance and Parker's unexpected promotion? Danger and questions aplenty barrage Darlene with the deadly speed of a six- shooter. Who called down a representative from a Washington agency? Who later assaulted him? Who attacked Darlene at her friend's apartment? And will Parker's scandalous brand of playboy be changed to one of murderous culprit? Or, in the moment of Darlene's greatest need, might he become her rescuing knight?

SME: I can see what you mean by wanting something intriguing going on alongside the romance. That Darlene has a lot going on!

Miss Mae: Yes. As I've learned about writing, there must be conflict, a problem that keeps the hero and heroine apart.

SME: Nothing is more boring than reading a romantic novel where the hero and heroine are just sort of leisurely falling in love. Something horrific has to happen.

Miss Mae: Yes, and we have to get them together to try and overcome that problem.

SME: Aren't you glad that, usually, real life is a lot less problematic?

Miss Mae: Oh yes. I'm glad to live my ho-hum life! I wouldn't want the life of my characters!

SME: Rachel Rosanno said the same thing in her interview.

Miss Mae: Rachel is an awesome author and she has some fantastic original plots!

SME: Now, lest you think that INFF has gone completely serious and legitimate, I have a brand-new game for you.

Miss Mae: okey-dokey!

SME: I'm going to call this game "Rapid Fire Q&A." I'll give you a question. You give a quick simple answer, no explanation permitted. (Sinister, I know)

Miss Mae: No explanation from me as to why I answered thusly, you mean?

SME: Yes. (See that was a little demo. Quick answer. No embellishment or explanations.)
Okay, first question. What is your favorite ice cream topping?

Miss Mae: chocolate

SME: Favorite season?

Miss Mae: Fall

SME: Favorite holiday?

Miss Mae: Passover

SME: Section of the paper you read first?

Miss Mae: Comics!

SME: Favorite nursery rhyme?

Miss Mae: Mary Had a Little Lamb

SME: Least favorite vegetable?

Miss Mae: green pepper

SME: The name of the first of your elementary school teachers who pops into your mind.

Miss Mae: Miss Alcorn

SME: Your preferred cure for the hiccups.

Miss Mae: Thinking about something else

SME: Wow. You aced that game. Well done!

Miss Mae: Thanks! Speedy, ain't I? hee hee

SME: It's like you knew all the answers. Fascinating!

Miss Mae: Well, the vegetables kinda got me...there's a lot I don't like!

SME: I think we can all relate. Kudos on the game.
Now, you had to have known I'd ask this next question. What's your favorite continent?

Miss Mae: This is the only one I've been on, so I'd have to say it's my favorite...North America.

SME: Have you traveled much around North America?

Miss Mae: Some, but not a great deal.

SME: I haven't, either. I depend on PBS travel shows to take me around the world. Thank you Rick Steves!

Miss Mae: That's exactly who I was thinking of!

SME: We love him at our house. He's like the goofy uncle who's always bringing us souvenirs from his travels. (Those souvenirs being detailed videos.)

Miss Mae: It'd be amazing to have his job, that's for sure!

SME: Maybe I could get Rick Steves to be my friend one Friday. If only!

Miss Mae: I wonder if he has a website? hmm....

SME: I may have to look into that. Maybe if I sent him canolis.

Miss Mae: That should work! Ha!

SME: Now on to the portion of the interview where I draw a portrait of my new friend--you!

Miss Mae: I can't wait to see Miss Mae.

*I once more set about creating a work of unparalleled artistic genius*

Miss Mae: oh, how adorable! that's a magnifying glass, right?

SME: Yep. Since you write mysteries, and all!

Miss Mae: I love it!

SME: I also outfitted you with a pair of fab green ballet flats. I like flats. They're far easier on my ankles than a lot of other shoes.

Miss Mae: it's beautiful, Sarah, and it's so "me". Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SME: You are most welcome! I'm sure Rick Steves has seen very few masterpieces that are the equal of your portrait.

Miss Mae: I wholeheartedly agree!

SME: That brings us around to the final question of I Need Friends Friday. I ask this every week as a means of bolstering my self esteem.
Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Miss Mae: 1. It's live
2. It's free
3. It's fun
4. It's original
5. Fantastic artist that captures the inner Miss Mae!

SME: There is something very raw and emotional about a stick figure, isn't there?

Miss Mae: Sure is...wish I was that slim, though! Well...maybe not quite THAT slim!

SME: As I told last week's guest, I draw my stick figures completely life-like. Therefore, you must be quite slender. There is no other explanation.

Miss Mae: Oh yes, tis true. How could I forget???

SME: Well, best of luck with "When the Bough Breaks" and all your other endeavors.

Miss Mae: thank you for having me, Sarah. I have really, really enjoyed it. :)

SME: My pleasure!
*cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME,
er... by ME!


Miss Mae said...

Thank you for the delightful interview, Sarah! What fun!

Anne Patrick said...

Wonderful interview ladies and what a great picture. You look fabulous MM!!

Sharon Donovan said...

Very original interview! Kudos, Miss Mae for spitting out those answers faster than you can write your next novel. Best of luck with your new book!

E.A. West said...

Love the interview and the portrait of Miss Mae!

Aubrey said...

I haven't read anything by Miss Mae, but I'll definitely have to track one down and put it in my pile!

Hywela Lyn said...

Wonderful. fun interview, Miss Mae and Sarah, and that portrait is so YOU MM! LOL!

And to anyone who hasn't read Miss Mae's books yet, you're missing a treat. They're all fantastic, edge of your seat reads, and 'When The Bough Breaks' is the best yet!

Miss Mae said...

Thank you, my friends, for coming over. :) Sarah captured the real me in that portrait, didn't she? Ah, will turn out to be as classic as that dude who painted that...weird chapel somewhere in Europe, right? hee hee

Celia Yeary said...

MISS MAE and SARAH--Lovely interview,and Miss Mae, wonderful answers--now I know more about you.Sarah--I love your "I Need Friends Friday." Celia Yeary

Laurean Brooks said...

How did you do it, Sarah? That's a true likeness of Miss Mae, spy glass and all. Interesting interview, too.

Miss Mae, I'd like to lose a few pounds, too. But, really! We wouldn't want to be anorexic. LOL.

Tami said...

Whoo hoo! I wish I had friends like you Miss Mae....Hold on....I do!

Thanks for sharing your life with us! :)

Now to see if I can find friends.....
here little friend friend friend.

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi MM and Sarah,
Great interview and I adored the portrait. How stunning MM looked in her green flats and the magnifying glass was the perfect accessory for our mystery buff friend.

I agree that Miss Mae's books are the best in sweet romantic mystery.

MarthaE said...

Great interview Sarah and Miss Mae! I love Miss Mae's mystery smoothies! This is a lovely feature Sarah! I am just disappointed that Miss Mae's pic is blank??

Danielle Thorne said...

Wonderful interview. So much fun. What a great theme and I loved the picture of Miss Mae. You really captured her well!

Chiron said...

This may just be the most fun interview I've ever read!




Too cool. *grin*

Love the excerpt and the fun facts. Great article!

--Chiron O'Keefe
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