Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Interview - Maggie Jaimeson - Expendable

Please describe your novel twitter style 140 characters or less.

Ensnared in a dangerous mystery involving biogenetics research and children with no identities, Jenna and Reed must fight to survive & thrive.

What is the one thing you wish you knew before you tried to get published?

How quickly the world changes. When I began my journey seven years ago, traditional publishing--primarily paperbacks was the rule. Just in the last three years ebooks and self-publishing have taken over. Exciting but it definitely shakes up all the planning I did.

What to you is the best part of being a writer and what is the part you wouldnt mind giving up?

The best part IS the writing. I love getting to know my characters and I'm always so proud of them and how they get through life.  I also love having ultimate control over my worlds and making sure the bad guys loose and the good guys win.  The next best part is meeting the readers. I love hearing from readers, what they liked and even what they didn't like in my stories. Most readers I've met are smart, caring, and absolutely love books in general.  I've always been a great reader, so I completely identify with them and want to deliver the best possible story I can.

The part I wouldn't mind giving up is the selling part.  I was raised to never call a lot of attention to myself, definitely never brag about my accomplishments. If someone else did it that was fine. Say thank you and move on. Unfortunately, a big part of publishing is also selling.  If I could pay someone else to do all the selling for me, I would--but so far I'm not able to afford to do that.

What city would you love to set a story in but the right one hasn't come along yet?

Well it's not a city, but a place -- Sn√¶fellsj√∂kull National Park in Iceland.  Iceland has called to me for at least a decade now. The combination of waterfalls and lava fields, active volcanoes and geisers, and the largest hot springs in Europe seems at once romantic and challenging.  Fortunately, my husband wants to go there too. So, I'm sure we'll make it eventually. Once I've gone, there is no doubt a book will come out of the trip.

Vampires, Shifters, Zombies, Angels - who wins the final ultimate battle?

Definitely Shifters will win because they have learned to adapt, and tend to come from at least two disparate backgrounds or cultures.  The others are stuck in one form and generally one culture.  Hmmm...sounds like a great series. Humans must agree to breed with shifters in order to change and save humanity.  I'll put that in my to-be-developed idea pile. :)

If you could witness any historical event past, present or future what would it be and why?

I would love to be part of the first colonization off earth--whether that be as close as our own moon or as far away as another earth-like planet.  I've always envied the pioneers, but rather than go backward in time I want to be a future pioneer.

Anything else you would like to share today?

I would just like to thank all the readers who still believe in true love and in the concept that good triumphs over evil--not only in fiction but in real life.  I think that believing is more than half the battle of making it a reality. So keep it going, and keep reading lots of fiction and non-fiction that supports that belief. Thanks for having me on your blog.  Shall we give away a copy of Expendable to a lucky reader?

Thanks Maggie for taking the time to answer some questions for today's post.

 About the book:

After a bitter fight, Jenna Mosier's pregnant sister ran away. Now, ten years later, Tanya is dead—murdered. A bloody note clutched in her hand pleads for someone to rescue her baby—a child Jenna must find to make up for not saving her sister.

Former Marine Reed Adler thought he left danger behind when he retired from Special Ops command. But faced with a dead body and a terrified ten-year-old boy in his backyard—and a mesmerizing woman who’s tied to both—Reed finds himself pulled into his most complex mission yet.

Ensnared in a dangerous mystery involving biogenetics research and children with no identities, Jenna and Reed must rely on each other for survival. Yet the closer they get to danger, the more intense their feelings for each other become. The cost of saving her nephew may be their hearts…and their lives.

 About the author:

During the week, Maggie’s days are spent assisting colleges and universities with technology, distance education, open source software, and open education resources. At night and on the weekends, she journeys into the world of her imagination and writes novels that reflect her passions and her belief that the good guys win in the end and that love will conquer all.

Maggie has published several short stories in romance and science fiction, but since 2004 she has focused on publishing novels. Expendable is her first romantic suspense novel and she promises there will be more. Also currently available is Eternity, an SF with romantic elements; and Undertones, a contemporary romance which is the first in a four book series about the women of the Sweetwater Canyon Band. All of her full length novels are made available in ebook and print by her publishers.

Connect with Maggie online at:
Website: http://maggiejaimeson.com
Twitter: @maggiejaimeson
Behind the Book blog where she interviews other authors:

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  1. nice one!loved it!!


  2. Thanks Sweety. Donna posed some really good questions

  3. Great interview Maggie! Good does triumph over evil! And I must say, I think authors who are indie publishing are shifters, because they're adapting :)

  4. I still believe in true love and the good always triumphs over evil in the end. Thanks for the interview and I can't wait to read your book!
    Viajeradelmar @aol.com

  5. Susan and Nikki, I'm always ecstatic to find others who agree that good wins in the end. I've been accused of seeing the world through rose colored classes with that remark. I do see the ugliness, I just don't let it dwell in me day in and day out.

    Only a couple more days and the tour will be over. Then it is e-reader drawing time. :) I can't wait to see who wins.

  6. Great interview. I don't think I'd like the selling part either. However, you seem to be doing an awesome job on this tour!!


  7. Another great interview to read. Always interesting to learn some new things along a tour. :)