Monica was nice enough to be my first victim here at the blog. I warned her that I was a rookie at all this Q&A thing. I had her give me a limit because if she didn't who knows how many questions I would have thrown at her. Monica will be popping in and out today so make sure to say hi and tell her how awesome her books sound! Also if you have questions be sure to ask. The woman doesn't spill about any future books so if anyone can get her to spill who the next guard book is I'll give you....uhmmm..something! :) So here goes my first Q&A:
Ing: Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
Monica: I have quite a few, but the biggies are: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas (historicals), Cindy Gerard, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood, Tara Janzen, and a bunch of others I’m sure I’m forgetting!
Ing: So I love your heroines. I think they are pretty resourceful and kickbutt. If you could be one of your heroines for a day which one would you be?
Monica: Aw, thanks. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the heroines. I try to make them strong and resourceful, but also keep them “true” to my conception of what the period must have been like. It can be a fine line sometimes. I think I probably put a little bit of myself in each of my heroines, so I identify with each of them. But if I were to pick one to be for the day, I think I would be Christina—mostly so I could spend a little time with Tor and see whether he is as impressive as I imagine him. :)
Ing: What was the first romance book you ever read? Do you still have the book on your shelf?
Monica: Oh, God, it was so long ago! I honestly don’t remember since I was probably around 12 or 13 and snuck them off my mom’s bookshelf. I would guess something by Rosemary Rogers. I have a very distinct memory of reading Sidney Sheldon’s THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT at about that age, and although it wasn’t a romance it certainly was enlightening! I stopped reading romance for a while in college and law school, but came back to it on re-reading Julie Garwood’s THE BRIDE. I still re-read her books all the time, and have them not only on my bookshelf but also on my kindle.
Ing: I have a potty mouth like you wouldn’t believe. So I want to know what swear word do you say a lot?
Monica: You and me both. I think I’m part truck driver, LOL. I’m not very inventive, I probably use the f word the most. I know, I know, not good.
Ing: What current popular or famous book do you wish you had written?
Monica: What a great question! I probably could come up with a thousand if I thought about it for a while, but my gut response was Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love all her books, but P&P and Persuasion are my two favorites.
Ing: I love some good sexing in a book and man do you have some good ones. Can we say Patrick and Elizabeth in the cottage…SIGH! Or Tor and Christina from uhmm..behind! Do you do any special preparations mentally for the love scenes in your book? Do you tend to write them as the story go or do you write the book than go back and put the scenes in later?
Monica: I really appreciate that since I find love scenes some of the most difficult parts of the book to write. I don’t have any special preparations, but I definitely have to know the characters and think about what they would be feeling at the time. Because of that, I could never go back and put them in later; they have to be written “in place” for me.
Ing: Anything words you want to say about The Ranger? Any little tidbit on what you’re working on now?
That was the end of our little Q&A session. Man oh man do I have more questions for you Monica...lol. Anyway I hope you all have enjoyed Monica McCarty week. I highly recommend everyone check out her books. She'll suck you right in I tell you. Her newest book The Ranger just released 1/4/2011 and is already #24 on NY Times bestseller list. Congrats on that.
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