August 16, 2011
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Books: Unwritten Rules
How did the storyline of your book first come to surface?
I honestly don’t remember how it came about. Jonah isn’t like previous male characters I’ve written, but music and tattoos are usually a part of anything I write, mainly because that’s part of who I am as a person. I doubt I could write any book where the characters are free from ink. I do however, recall the idea of a tortured musician sprouting first, and the rest began to bloom the more I plotted.
What was the first thing you did when you found out your first book, Unwritten Rules, was going to be published?
I phoned my husband and my friend. I think I might have deafened them both. In truth, it was unbelievable until I actually held my book in my hands. I kept thinking it was a dream or that something was going to go horribly wrong. I’m a glass half full kinda girl.
How do you feel about the cover of your book? Do you feel it represents the story well?
I love the cover. When I saw the image for the first time I thought it was perfect for the book. I tried not to think about the cover because of my sometimes pessimistic views on things. I was expecting something to go wrong, but my first reaction was definitely a squeal of delight!
Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind the main male protagonist in your story, Jonah Quinn?
I usually write rather dominant/alpha males, so when this idea came to me of a wounded musician it was strange to write a male in such a way. Jonah was very clear in my head from the start, and I knew that because of his beta personality, that Elle needed to be strong.
I can’t remember when the idea of Jonah began to form, but I have always had a love of music and tortured musicians. It was quite fitting that my first novel should be about one.
Music was an integral component in your book… Does music influence your writing? Is there a specific song or type of music or perhaps a specific band that gave you inspiration?
I think music is integral in my books, because it’s integral in my life. I’m constantly listening to music, and even though I’m rather specific of the genre I listen to I’m always on the look out for something new to inspire me.
During the writing process of Unwritten Rules, I listened to Civil Twilight a lot. I have a specific writing playlist, and that’s usually inspiring enough. Just listening to music gets me in the mood to write.
What are you currently working on and can you tell us anything about it?
I’m currently editing a short story that has been picked up by Silver Publishing. I should get a release date soon.
As for writing, I have just finished the first draft of a novel set in the UK, but with an American as the male character. Again, it’s a romance with some sexy interludes. I think the female character is far too much like me. I need to go back over it and edit that before I do anything further with it. I’ve also started the outline for a novel based around a tattoo shop.
I just adored your book, M.A.! Thanks for stopping by!
**Check out my review for Unwritten Rules here**