Today I’m conducting a session with…J.M. Maurer!
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Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.
J.M.: The birth of my son was certainly a day that changed my life. It changed how I viewed things at work. And suddenly, everything my mom had said was right.
Me: Children are game changers. That’s for certain!
What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?
J.M.: I’ve been told I have an overactive imagination, which can sometimes also hinder my progress.Focus needs to be on the getting there, not by the speed of travel. @JMMaurer1 #AmWriting Click To Tweet I’m a perfectionist. I could revisit and revise forever. @JMMaurer! #amwriting Click To Tweet My writing pet peeve is independent body parts moving all about. @JMMaurer1 #amwriting Click To Tweet
Me: Imagination is necessary to be a writer!
What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?
J.M.: I’m a perfectionist. I could revisit and revise forever.
Me: What was your high point as a writer?
J.M.: I’ll never forget seeing my mom’s reaction when she held my first book. I published it sooner than I’d planned. She was ill, and I knew her time was running out. She knew I was writing, but to see her hold the actual book in her hands is a memory I will cherish forever.
Me: Aww… What a special memory.
Name a writing pet peeve of yours. Something that hits you like fingernails-on-a-chalkboard every time you see it. Why does it bug you?
J.M.: My writing pet peeve is independent body parts moving all about. Once I learned that they existed, I was ruined. Most days I want to go back to the time before I knew about them. They bother me because they show up in so many books I read. They are supposed to be a no-no. I work hard at not breaking that rule, but breaking it makes writing so much easier.
Me: What’s your writer’s mantra? Why does that mantra speak to you?
J.M.: “Focus needs to be on the getting there, not by the speed of travel.” My hubby gave me this advice.
I’m not a fast writer. That fact bothers me. Will it stop me from working exceptionally hard at getting to that happily-ever-after? No.
Me: What is something you thought was true for a long time, then found out you were wrong? Explain what that felt like.
J.M.: Learning really is a lifelong endeavor. Embracing the curve at my own speed felt much like I imagine I felt when I bit into my first Twinkie as a kid. I wanted more.
Me: Tell me about your contemporary romance, Seeking Love (Emerging From Darkness #1)
Three years after a bitter divorce, Jessica Winters isn’t sure she’s ready—or capable—to move on. The thought of another relationship terrifies her, but things quickly change when she meets the playfully witty and handsome sex therapist Matthew Moi. At first, she tries to ignore him, but something in the way he levels his sultry gaze on her awakens her soul.
Secretly in love with Jessica, Matthew has been giving her the space she needed to heal. Incapable of waiting any longer and eager to work his way into her broken heart, he seizes an opportunity to have their paths cross. But when her painful past resurfaces, revealing truths that threaten their future, Matthew must prove to Jessica that a shot at true love is worth the risk.
Seeking Love is the first book in the Emerging From Darkness trilogy, and as such, is not intended to be a standalone. The trilogy reads as: Seeking Love, Seeking Redemption, & Seeking Hope.
Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from Seeking Love (Emerging From Darkness #1).
My heart was racing at the thought of being separated from Matthew by only the door, and I watched as it opened, knowing he stood mere feet away. I drew in a deep breath to calm my frantic nerves and steady my racing heart. It was the moment my eyes would see him again, and the same moment I knew all involuntary muscle movements would cease.
As Matthew stepped in and around the door, his alluring eyes captured me. The feeling was nothing new. I’d been imprisoned by his gaze before. And locked in it again, I watched as he drifted to me, the indisputable chemistry between us palpable and absolute. His mesmerizing eyes had hypnotized my burning soul, completely bewitching me.
“Hello, Jessica,” he murmured, pointing to an open area of the bed. “Mind if I sit?”
I gave a slight shake of my head, having difficulty forming the simple word “no,” and watched as he made himself comfortable facing me. His crisp charcoal-colored trousers bunched as he scooted on the bed. My sight roamed along his classic plum-colored dress shirt and stopped searching once I focused on his face.
Me: Why do you love this paragraph?
I love the moment when two people finally get back together. Deep down, Jess knows what she wants. Though, she’s not sure she can have it. It’s been a long journey for her since her divorce.
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