March 6, 2012

Spotlight On...Maeve Greyson

Please help me welcome multi-published author Maeve Greyson to the keyboard. Welcome Maeve, please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I’m a pretty shy, working-at-a-steel mill, obsessed-to-write stories grandma. Ha! Now aren’t you sorry you asked? I love living in the middle of five acres of woods and having a backyard that resembles a scene from Disney’s Bambi. Of course, my visiting deer, squirrels, skunks and birds don’t talk to anyone but me. My favorite genre is a kinda sorta blend of paranormal and fantasy romance. I love mixing Celtic legends and myths with a heavy dose of elemental magic.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

I think you could sum up The Highlander’s Fury as a Scottish mythological mix of Beauty and the Beast and Zena Warrior Princess. Angela Blount of RT Book Reviews described Ciara as a kick-butt, time-traversing, mind-reading embodiment of righteous indignation. Faolan’s a dark, brooding stubborn Highlander determined to isolate himself from any type of emotion. The two fight their way into each other’s hearts and then battle the goddesses to protect the union neither of them thought they wanted.

The Highlander's Fury – from The Wild Rose Press

Angela Blount from RT Book Reviews: 4 Stars - “A satisfying blend of saucy sensuality and heartrending sincerity.”

An average day in the life of an immortal Fury?

Flex powers. Locate evil. Administer justice.

Until Ciara’s goddess mothers convince her to seduce a brooding mortal and bear the man a gifted child. All she has to do is swap places with his betrothed. A simple task−become the seductive wife, bear the man a child and train the young one in the Ways. Once the boy reaches seven years of age, they’ll swap her back with the wife Faolan thinks he selected and Ciara can resume her job of rousting wickedness from the world.

Faolan MacKay’s advisors plague him daily about his matrimonial duties as laird, dragging prospects from across the Highlands: plump dowries attached to each one.

Faolan’s lost everyone he’s ever loved. He’d rather go straight to the fiery pits of Hell than down the wedding aisle. Out of desperation, a plan takes seed. He’ll select a wife he can ignore. There’s just one problem with this foolproof theory. Nobody ignores Ciara.

Against his better judgment, he’s enthralled with the woman and to Ciara’s surprise, this strange thing called love burns hotter than her hunger for vengeance.
At the end of the seven years the ruse is up, all will return to as it was. Can the bond of love overcome the mandate of the ultimate powers?

What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

My characters had the rather irritating tendency of not speaking to me unless I was in the middle of doing something other than writing. It never failed. I’d be driving to the day job and a scene would unfold –complete with the perfect dialogue. I’d pull over to the side of the road and email myself the gist of the scene so I wouldn’t “lose” it before I got back home to my trusty laptop.

What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest? Dialogue. My characters include me in their conversations when they’re chattering in my head. My husband has learned to accept the fact that I “hear” voices. It used to bother him but since I’m turning them into stories –he doesn’t mind so much. ;-)

Hardest? Love scenes. I strive to find the elusive mix of sensuality and emotion. I want the scenes to be steaming hot but not “too much”. And then of course there’s always the problem of having it read like the instructions to building a doll house: Insert tab A into slot B. That’s never a good thing.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Sleep. I still work a full time day job and any free time is spent either writing the next story or visiting with readers on social networks. It’s kind of like working three jobs so I don’t average much pillow time every night.

You get stranded on a desert island, but get to bring one item of your choosing. What would it be?

That’s a hard one. I’m thinking it would probably have to be Jasper. He’s always loved the beach and he keeps me sane.

What’s next for you?

My Brava paranormal romance, ETERNITY’S MARK releases on March 27th. I’m shopping around two new paranormal romances and I’ve started another project that could very well end up being a series.

Where can we find you on the web?

I can be found “procrastinating” in these corners of cyberspace:


Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Does the genre of the story really matter or are you just looking for a great romance?


Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks for visiting today, Maeve. To answer your question - genre does matter to me when reading as there are a couple I don't usually enjoy. However, I'm always willing to try a book that comes highly recommended as in the end I'm just looking for a great romance.

Nancy Jardine Author said...

The story definitely matters and I think it's a good thing now that there's a lot of crosssing over of sub genres nowadays. For me, that means if I pick up a paranormal now(which didn't used to be my first choice)there's bound to be parts of it that really appeal because the author has given the characters a real life 'feel.

Maeve Greyson said...

Thanks so much for having me over for a visit, Sarah! Your blog is just lovely.

Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by. I think I'm kinda like you. As long as the story's great, I'm willing to give new genre's a try.

Isabella Macotte said...

Maeve, Highlander's Fury sounds fantastic! Just what I love to read. Wishing you much success.

Calisa Rhose said...

Excellent post Maeve and Sarah! Heheh look at me procrastinating with you. I love the tag line of a Fury, Maeve. I can't wait to read this one since I read bk one and loved it so much! But for me, genre does matter. I can't do high techie or sci-fi. I can't get into those topics or my eyes literally glaze over and I toss the book aside. I still have a sci-fi my brother loaned me to read years ago, like 1990's. I liked the premise of the book but couldn't get into it. Maybe one of these days I'll give up and return his book to him. :)

Victoria Roberts said...

Hi Maeve! In answer to your question, it does not matter what genre. A good story is a good story. Plain and simple. Although I am a wee bit partial for a tempting Highlander, I love a good romance.

Marian Lanouette said...

I read everything and decide after if I don't want to a story line again. I prefer mysteries first, then everything else. Marian

Maeve Greyson said...

Hi Isabella! Thanks for stopping in - by the way, I LOVE your name! :-)

Maeve Greyson said...

Hi Calisa! I must admit, I kinda like a good sci-fi read. I guess it's my inner geek. ;)

Maeve Greyson said...

LOL! I'm verra partial to those HAWT Highlanders too, Victoria. ;)

Maeve Greyson said...

Good ideas, Marian. That's a good way to discover a new genre favourite. :)

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

I will always turn to a historical - doesn't matter much where it is set, but if I had to choose one it would be Scotland. I am always drawn to a Scottish hero. I have lots of them in my writing. :) It's the accent, of course, that makes them so hunky.

Hugs to you, Maeve and your adorable Jasper. A pat on his head from me.

Always best to you and your wonderful stories.

Maeve Greyson said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Paisley, and Jasper sent you a smiling doggie smooch! :-)

christine warner said...

Enjoyed the interview ladies...always fun to learn about another author and how they write.

And Maeve, I love the cover. Congrats :)

B.J. Scott said...

Great post and looks like a wonderful book. Historicals, one set in Scotland are my all time favorites.

Maeve Greyson said...

*happy sigh* Thanks, Christine! I'm pretty tickled with my cover too. :-)

Maeve Greyson said...

I love Scottish historicals too, Barb. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

P.L. Parker said...

Hi Maeve! The Highlander's Fury sounds terrific and beautiful cover! He picks a mate he can ignore! I love it!