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Get to know Liz Maverick, the author of The Paparazzo and The Queen's Guard

Liz Maverick

Bestselling, award-winning author Liz Maverick is a novelist, digital marketing strategist and freelancer whose contract assignments have taken her from driving trucks in Antarctica to working behind the scenes on reality TV shows in Hollywood.

Liz is known for writing smart, funny, emotional romance novels with fast-paced plots. Her previous works include Cosmopolitan Magazine Book Club Pick What a Girl Wants, Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red-Hot Read” Hot and Bothered, PRISM/Daphne finalist The Shadow Runners, and Wired, a Publishers Weekly Top Book of the Year/PRISM Best of the Best winner. She created the USA Today bestselling series and multi-author continuity project Crimson City for which she also wrote Golden Leaf winner Crimson Rogue and Waldenbooks/B&N bestseller Crimson City. Liz’s most recent series The Hudson Kings was just nominated for a Rita Award.

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Liz currently lives happily ever after in Brooklyn, New York with her daughter and editor husband.

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Q&A with Liz Maverick

Typewriter, laptop, or pen & paper?

Default: laptop

When I’m stuck: pen & paper!

Where is your favourite place to write?

I’ve got two places. One, my home office. Two, the secret coffee shop in New York’s Gowanus neighborhood run by two Australian guys. I’m a regular, so they have copies of my books. I guess they liked ‘em because last time I got free yogurt parfait. Score!

What word or expression do you most overuse?

So many tics. The word “just”. I think that’s at the top of my list.

What’s your all-time favourite adjective?

I can only pick one? Man, I love adjectives. No, don’t make me. I cannot pick one. Sorry. Next question?

If your book(s) were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it?


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If my paparazzo/queen’s guard episode were to become a movie, I’d love to see Parker Posey and Mekhi Phifer. Okay, so their ages are all wonky, but it’s ACTING, people. We can pretend. They are so worth it.

When did you realize you wanted to become an author?

When I realized that making up stories was more fun than anything else I could think of. This realization happened in my twenties after I’d already been a tax accountant and a software product manager.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Yes, I do. And I also believe in making yourself push through those thoughts.

Do you listen to music while you write? What’s on your playlist?

Okay, do not laugh at me. When I write I listen to a Pandora station called Electronic for Studying. It’s got all the feels without a lot of pesky vocals mixing in with the words you’re writing.

Whom would you want to write your life story?

Tina Fey.

What do all writers have in common?

Oh, please. Don’t make me say it. I have a 4 ½ year old. “Everybody…”

But, seriously, folks. To be honest, I don’t think writers have any more in common than anybody else. There are writers who write to write. There are writers who write to sell. And from there, everybody has their own process, etc. Maybe it’s the desire to write “The End?”

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Get to know Falguni Kothari, the author of The Maid and the Gardener

Falguni Kothari

Falguni Kothari is the author of unconventional love stories and kick-ass fantasy tales. Her four novels, most recently My Last Love Story, are all flavored by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. An award-winning Indian Classical, Latin and Ballroom dancer, she currently spikes her endorphin levels with Zumba. She resides in New York with her family and pooch.

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She can be found online at FalguniKothari.com and you can get the latest updates at bit.ly/FKMailingList

Connect with her on Facebook @FalguniKothariAuthor and on Twitter and Instagram @AuthorFalguni

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Q&A with Falguni Kothari

Typewriter, laptop, or pen & paper?

Mostly laptop; sometimes pen and paper

Where is your favourite place to write?

My bed in the middle of the night

What word or expression do you most overuse?

Oh my God! I usually have to edit out about three dozen in the final draft.

What’s your all-time favourite adjective?

Garrulous

If your book(s) were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it?


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Depends on the book. For The Maid and the Gardener my dream cast would be a very young Salma Hayek as Jasmin and a scruffy Tom Hardy as Benji.

When did you realize you wanted to become an author?

About nine years ago, when I took a short online writing course called The Romance Writing Secrets and fell down the rabbit-hole of make-believe. I haven’t climbed out since.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Yes. But I’d rather call it being Temporarily Uninspired.

Do you listen to music while you write? What’s on your playlist?

Sometimes. I like to play certain songs to invoke certain feels for the scene I’m writing.

Whom would you want to write your life story?

Author Suleikha Snyder because she gets Bollywood, India, snark and would make my very tame life sound steamier than it is

What do all writers have in common?

Migraines. Also, vivid imaginations.

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Get to know K.M. Jackson, the author of The Milliners

K.M. Jackson

A native New Yorker, K.M. spent her formative years on the ‘A’ train where she had two dreams: 1) to be a fashion designer and 2) to be a writer. After spending over ten years designing women’s sportswear for various fashion houses this self-proclaimed former fashionista, took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer.

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An award winning contemporary romance writer, K.M.’s novel Bounce won the Golden Leaf for best novel with strong romance elements from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America. She was also named Author of the Year by the New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

K.M. currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, twins, and a precocious terrier named Jack that keeps her on her toes. When not writing she can be found on Twitter @kwanawrites, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor/ and on her website at www.kmjackson.com.

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Q&A with K.M. Jackson

Typewriter, laptop, or pen & paper?

For me it’s my laptop though I always carry a notebook and pen at all times. You never know when an idea will hit and they usually do when you have nothing handy.

Where is your favourite place to write?

I normally write at home in my bedroom. Though I have a desk set up, I end up using my bed as my desk and by the end of the day I’m usually surrounded by mounds of books and papers.

What word or expression do you most overuse?

“Just then”

What’s your all-time favourite adjective?

Beautiful

If your book(s) were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it?


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For The Milliners Story I would cast Gabrielle Union for Tracy and James McAvoy for Jeremy. For most of my stories I like to have a bit of a visual representation of the character in mind, also visuals for the time and place and for the fashions. It may go back to my days of when I used to work on fashion and did lots of sketching and concept boards. Now I do that sort of thing on Pinterest. At times during my writing my inspiration may change but readers can check out where my mind was going for The Milliners by following me on Pinterest and checking out my board for the story. https://www.pinterest.com/kwanawrites/the-milliners-royals/

When did you realize you wanted to become an author?

Most likely I wanted to become an author when I started writing my first book. But as my bio says I only really wanted two careers in my life, to be a fashion designer or an author. I have been lucky enough to do both.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I do. For me it’s real and I think it comes from fear of the unknown, whatever that unknown may be to the writer at the time.

Do you listen to music while you write? What’s on your playlist?

I usually listen to music before I write to get in the mood of the story. If I listen while I write it’s low so as not to influence my words too much. Lately my playlist has been a mix of Hip Hop, R&B and KPop, Beyonce, Sza, Miguel, BTA, EXO and Big Bang.

Whom would you want to write your life story?

I wouldn’t want anyone to write my life story but me and even then, I don’t know if I’d trust myself to handle it completely honestly. Better to leave it alone.

What do all writers have in common?

We all lie for a living.

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Get to know Kate McMurray, the author of The Butler and the Bodyguard

Kate McMurray

Kate McMurray writes smart romantic fiction. She likes creating stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities. She advocates for romance stories by and for everyone. When she’s not writing, she edits textbooks, watches baseball, plays violin, crafts things out of yarn, and wears a lot of cute dresses. She’s active in Romance Writers of America, serving for two years on the board of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter, and three—including two as president—on the board of the New York City chapter. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with two cats and too many books.

Q&A with Kate McMurray

Typewriter, laptop, or pen & paper?

My writing process is about 20/80 paper/laptop. I do a lot of my plotting/planning on paper (not sure why, it just works better for me) then I do the writing itself on my trusty old laptop, which travels with me just about everywhere.

Where is your favourite place to write?

On my sofa.

What word or expression do you most overuse?

I think for each project, I tend to latch onto one phrase and use it too much. Lately, it seems to be, “to be clear.”

What’s your all-time favourite adjective?

persnickety

If your book(s) were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it?


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I’m bad at picking celebrities as stand-ins for characters because I have such a specific idea of what they look like. For “The Butler and the Bodyguard,” though, I could see Eddie Redmayne as Henry and maybe Francis Capra as Mike. (I’ve been rewatching Veronica Mars.)

When did you realize you wanted to become an author?

I’ve been making up and writing stories since I was a very young child—my mom has cassette tapes with me at age 4 babbling into a tape recorder—and I had a friend I used to write with starting in 4th grade or so, but I have a really visceral memory of being in my small town’s local indie bookstore when I was probably 12 and seeing the new releases lined up on a shelf and imagining what it would be like to see my name on one of those covers. I’ve wanted to be a published author ever since.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

It definitely happens, although I’ve developed some ways around it. The trick is to not let it paralyze you for more than a day or two. (If I’m stuck on one thing, I usually go do something else until I get unstuck.)

Do you listen to music while you write? What’s on your playlist?

Yes, sometimes. I need background noise. I sometimes make specific playlists for projects, and I also have one for writing that is a lot of angsty pop music.

Whom would you want to write your life story?

Oh, gosh. My life is kind of boring, I’d need someone who could spice it up a bit. I keep thinking of the talking heads in PBS documentaries, which maybe won’t get the job done.

What do all writers have in common?

I think a certain level of craziness. You have to be a little crazy to think making up stories for a living seems like a good idea.

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Get to know Megan Frampton, the author of The Tourist and the Scotsman and The Big Day

Megan Frampton

Megan Frampton's love affair with books began when her parents moved her to a remote town in New Hampshire where there was only one television station. And then the TV broke. She devoured every book of fiction in her well-read parents' library, finding special joy in Georgette Heyer and the fairy tales collected and translated by Andrew Lang.

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Megan majored in English literature at Barnard College and worked in the music industry for fifteen years. Her day-job is in publishing, where she gets to talk books all day, and then go home and write them all night, writing historical romance as Megan Frampton and contemporary women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings - but not in that order.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband (her former intern) and her kid.

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Q&A with Megan Frampton

Typewriter, laptop, or pen & paper?

Laptop

Where is your favourite place to write?

On my couch close to the window that looks out onto our deck.

What word or expression do you most overuse?

So

What’s your all-time favourite adjective?

Translucent

If your book(s) were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it?


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Rachel MacAdams

When did you realize you wanted to become an author?

When I was at home with my two and a half year-old, and I didn’t want to go insane.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

No.

Do you listen to music while you write? What’s on your playlist?

I can’t listen to anything while I write—I am totally not good at multitasking.

Whom would you want to write your life story?

Liz Maverick. She’d make the exciting parts more exciting and the zany parts even zanier.

What do all writers have in common?

I’d say the deep suspicion they’re not actually authors, but that could be my neurosis talking.

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