Latest Book: The Scent of Humanity
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JUEOPW6
Descended from the same bloodline that spawned the likes of James Russell, Amy and Robert Lowell, Margay Leah Justice was fated to be a writer herself from a young age. But even before she knew that there was a name for what she was doing, she knew one thing: She had a deep and unconditional love for the written word. A love that would challenge her in times of need, abandon her in times of distress, and rediscover her in times of hope. Through her writing, Margay has learned to cope with every curve ball life has thrown her, including the challenges of single parenting, the harsh realities of living in a shelter, coping with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and the roller coaster ride of dealing with a child who suffers from bipolar disorder. But along the way she has rediscovered the amazing power of words.
Margay currently lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, two cats, and a myriad of characters who vie for her attention and demand that their own stories be told.
Q: Your novel is being made into a TV series/movie. Who’s in your dream cast?
A:Oh, good one! Alec O’Loughlin as Nick and Piper Pirabo as Silvie.
Q: What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
A: Marketing. Getting the word out there about your book.
Q: How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?
A: I think there’s always a little bit of me in every character that I write, even the bad ones. It’s a great way to exorcise those negative feelings.
Q: If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
A: I wish it was more successful because it was a labor of love – well, all of my books feel like that to me!
Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: The names just really come to me. It’s almost like they’re whispered in my ear or something.
Q: Covers. Ever get one you wish you could change?
Q: If you could give a younger version of yourself advice, what would it be?
A: Never stop believing in yourself, push harder for what you want, and don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough – if they do, use it to make yourself better.
Q: Have you ever used an incident from your real life into one of your books?
A: Actually, the core incidents in The Scent of Humanity – the attempted kidnappings of Silvie and her niece all those years apart – that actually happened to me and one of my nieces. So I guess the answer to your question is yes.
Q: Any part of a book that drives you crazy as you write: beginning, middle, or end?
A: That first line, first paragraph, first page is usually the hardest for me. Once I get past that, it’s full steam ahead!
Q: How many stories are swirling around in your head? Do you keep a mental list, a computer file, or a spiral notebook filled with the ideas?
A: Oh, wow, dozens! My mind is always abuzz with new ideas.
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Christmas. I just love the spirit surrounding it, the hope, the joy, and all of the Christmas lights are so pretty.
Q: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A: I’m distant cousins of some famous writers – the Lowells of Boston – and I used to teach aerobics.
Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A writer. I have always wanted to write.
Q: Favorite food.
Q: Favorite happy memory.
A: My first Mother’s Day.
Q: Favorite drink.
Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: How about a comfortable Spring day? That’s more my style – I don’t like extreme temps, either way.
Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: Get on a best sellers list.
Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: Teleportation. I’d love to just blink and be in another place!
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Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. In theory. But in one small town, in one family, that theory is put to the test.
Growing up in a rural town in Massachusetts was supposed to be safe, but for SILVIE CHILDS, that safety was shattered by a kidnapping attempt that forever changed her life. Now, nearly twenty years later, that sense of safety is challenged again by the kidnapping attempt on her young niece, and Silvie is left struggling with one question: How can something like this happen twice in one family?
It is a dilemma shared by NICK FAHEY, the detective assigned to the case. Arriving on the scene of the abduction attempt, Nick expects to run a routine investigation. Until he meets the victim, the niece of a woman he once considered a dear friend. Unfortunately, these days Silvie Childs can barely stand the sight of him.
Once there was a time when Silvie Childs worshipped Nick Fahey, believing he could do no wrong. Until the accident that nearly killed her brother; the accident that Nick reportedly caused. Coming on the heels of her own near abduction, the accident skewed Silvie’s ability to trust men – especially Nick. But now, with the attempt on her niece’s safety, Silvie finds herself in the untenable position of having to trust Nick to bring the kidnapper to justice.
That trust is severely tested when, after only two months, the case is closed for lack of new evidence. Feeling betrayed by the system in which she works as a paralegal and by Nick, Silvie takes matters into her own hands. Contacting local news stations to generate interest in the case, allowing herself to be filmed hanging sketches of the suspect on telephone poles, she will risk her own safety to protect that of her niece. When her efforts re-open the wounds of her past, she is once again forced to put her trust in the one man who still has the power to hurt her – Nick.
“What’s this?” he asked, cupping her face in his hand and running the thumb along the lower edge of her too-full lips. “A little hint of maturity? Silvie Childs apologizing?”
She nipped his thumb at the jibe, not hard, just enough that he hissed out a breath in reaction. All hint of humor fled from him. He was intent, serious now, every nerve in his body on high alert. “Is that how you want to play it?” he whispered, his voice guttural. “Huh?” He moved a little closer to her, maneuvering her up against the open door. Slipped his thumb between her lips, parting them. “You think we’ve danced around this enough for one day, hmm?”
“I don’t know what you mean.” Her lips brushed against his thumb as she spoke, igniting a spark within him. Interesting.
“Liar,” he said as he dipped his head close enough to replace his thumb with his lips. But he didn’t. Instead, he skimmed his lips along her cheekbone to her right ear, flicked his tongue along the rim of the opening. Into her ear, he whispered, “When you stop lying to yourself, I’ll give you what you want.”
She grabbed the hand he still cupped her face with, the gesture almost – convulsive. Hmm, what was that about? Her breath in his ear sent a shiver throughout his body. “And what,” she whispered against his cheek, “do you think I want?”
He nipped her earlobe, smiled at her shocked gasp. Soothing the nip with a flick of his tongue, he murmured, “Oh, I don’t know.” Into her ear, “Think about it.” Sliding his lips along her cheek as he withdrew, he couldn’t resist allowing the tip of his tongue to flit across her lips in parting. When she opened her mouth as if in protest, he warned, “Uh-ah, you’ve got to stop lying to yourself first.”
She slipped her fingers into his hair, grabbing hanks of it to anchor his head and prevent his retreat. He resisted the urge to smile – and to kiss her when she made the overture to him. He merely slipped his thumb back over her lips, using it as a barrier between them. When she cast him a pleading look, he asked, “Do you still hate me?”
“Yes,” she admitted when he slid his thumb away, releasing her lips from captivity. “More than ever.”
He smiled and angled his head, as if preparing to kiss her. “Why?” he asked instead.
“You know why!”
“Mm,” he murmured, accepting that as her answer. “And who do you hate more right now?” He dipped his head a little closer. “Me, because I won’t do what you want – or you, because you want it?”
“Me, all me,” she whispered as she swooped in close and took what she wanted from him. What he allowed her to take from him. Voraciously.
Good Lord, he thought moments before she pulled away, shock at her own actions clearly written on her face. Where had she learned to kiss like that?
“Ah, Silvie,” he said, dragging his thumb over her full lower lip before he favored her with a lingering, open-mouthed kiss, “I don’t think you hate me as much as you think you do.” He pulled back before she could respond – to his words or his kiss – and jogged down the three short steps from her front porch to the walkway. “Goodnight, Silvie,” he called over a shoulder. “Lock the door behind me.”