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Author interview with Maeve Greyson

To Steal a Marquess comes out tomorrow! Maeve was kind enough to answer some questions for us.

You can get your copy of this delightful regency romance HERE!

Did you always know you wanted to be an author?

I didn’t always know I wanted to be an author. As a matter of fact, I’d always wanted to be an artist—drawing, painting, sculpting—or an art teacher since my parents insisted I pick a career that guaranteed an income. Which makes sense since I do enjoy eating! But you know what they say about the best laid plans. As it turns out, I met and married my soulmate, traveled the world with him in the military for a while, then we settled in Kentucky where I worked at a steel mill for 29 years. I guess you could say I started writing by accident as a means of stress relief from shift work. Then a “nudge” from an inner voice suggested I mail my story to a publisher just to see what they would say. That was a hundred years ago, by the way, before the age of being able to email your manuscript to an editor. Snail mail took weeks to get to them and then it took months to hear back! That publisher rejected my manuscript but the editor was kind enough to critique my story, offer a few suggestions, and encourage me to keep trying. I guess that’s when the writing bug fully sank its fangs into me, and I’ve been writing ever since!

How much research do you do into the time period and places you write about?

I do LOADS of research into the time period and places I write about. In fact, falling down research rabbit holes is something I do quite well. If I’m able to travel to the place, I do. I spent two lovely weeks in Scotland and Ireland several years ago, and it still helps me “hear” how my characters should speak—accents, dialects, and mannerisms. If I’m not able to travel to the location, the internet helps immensely. But you have to be sure and triple check everything you find because just because it says it on the internet, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s so! I also have an office full of research books that are full of those little sticky note bookmarks so I can find details more easily.

What are your favorite kind of characters to write? Do you have a specific trope that you’re drawn too?

My favorite kind of characters to write are stubborn, quirky, full of flaws, never know when to shut up, and more often than not don’t make the best choices when it comes to what is best for them. Strong, feisty women. Men who want you to think they’re big and bad but turn out to be big old teddy bears. I really love the enemies to lovers trope especially when the sparks really fly.

Do you know where the story is going before you begin, or does it come to you as you write? Do scenes come to you fully formed or are you as surprised as the reader?

I vaguely know where the story is headed before I start writing, but sometimes it goes rogue on me, takes a different route, and changes altogether by the time I’m done with it. The only scene that ever comes fully formed for me is the first scene. All the rest are kind of like a big game of “I wonder what would happen if…”

Do you write better in the morning or evening? How do you handle the distractions of working from home, especially if you’re sharing the space with others?

Currently, I write better in the mornings. But when I first started writing, late at night always seemed to work better. Of course, that was when my daughters were still at home. As far as distractions go, oh my gosh, my husband just retired, and we are having to adjust to a lot more time together. To save his life, I have started wearing earplugs AND those noise cancelling headsets like you wear when you go to a shooting range. He’s also getting much better at reading my “looks” and is developing better survival skills. You’d think he’d already know all that by now. We’ve been married 45 years, but that was before he retired and started being underfoot 24/7! But in his defense, he has ALWAYS been very supportive of my writing career and is trying really hard not to throw a wrench in the works!

When it’s difficult to physically travel, how do you find ways to escape?

I am lucky enough to live in a five-acre wood not too far from Kentucky Lake. Whenever I need to escape, I disappear into the woods, find a stump or a fallen log to sit on, and watch the squirrels tease the herd of feral cats that follow me wherever I go.

What do you like to read when you’re not reading in your genre?

I enjoy fantasy or paranormal romance with lots of worldbuilding, alternate realities, and if there are dragons, that’s even better.