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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Interview of Author Tammy Dennings Maggy

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author Tammy Dennings Maggy.

Latest Book: For the Love of Quinn

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After an amazing career as a veterinarian, I am now pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a published author. On September 13, 2011, the first book in my Now and Forever series will be released. For the Love of Quinn has been my baby for the last two years and I thank the gods daily that I listened to my friends and family who encouraged me to get off my butt and send it in to the publisher. Writing erotic romances has been a fantastic experience and one I hope to continue for many more years to come.

I am a Midwestern girl who lives in California. I feel like a fish out of water most of the time out here, but I have met a lot of people who help to make me feel a little less homesick for Michigan. I hope to explore more of the Pacific Northwest over the next few years and enjoy all that it has to offer. Who knows, maybe I will write another series set in this area!

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: I screamed. I was on the phone with one of my best friends from Michigan and going through my emails hoping to have some word from the Siren, and there it was. It was actually the second one they sent to me. I never received the first email and they were following up with me to be sure that I was still interested in being published. Boy was I!

Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write? Why?
A: For me the easiest part is the middle. I know that sounds odd, but let me explain. I don’t write from the beginning to the end. I write individual scenes that pop up in my head. I put them down and then rearrange them to basically fit the timeline. Oftentimes I don’t have a clear cut story in mind. I let the characters take over and tell the story. Sometimes they want a specific scene out of the way before I get to know how they got there.

Q: What part of the book is the hardest for you? Why?
A: The hardest part for me is a tie. Both the beginning and endings are hard for me. I want to start off drawing the reader into my world without giving away too much, but still give a little bit of background as to how the heroine got to where she is when we find her. The endings of my stories are hard because I can’t always keep those characters in my head quiet. They want their stories told, but I am learning to find a happy ending for the moment and then move on in the next book. That’s what series are for, right?

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as one of your heroes? Tell us about your hero.
A: If For the Love of Quinn became a movie, I would like to see the actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan play the Vegas tycoon Steve Eischer. He is exactly who I had in mind when I wrote the story. It’s his voice I hear when I read Steve’s dialogue and his smile alone would win anyone’s heart. Steve is a self-made billionaire who pretty much owns most of the strip in Las Vegas and several other holdings around the world. He is a sharp businessman who worked for everything he has and is more than willing to help friends and family succeed in their own business dreams. He goes out of his way to make sure the love of his life is happy even if it is with another man and he has no regrets along the way.

Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: I love to knit, crochet, cook and bake. Basically, I enjoy doing things that some would consider “happy homemaker” duties. To me they are not a chore but relaxing past times that put a smile not only on my face, but those around me.

Q: You’re on a remote island with a handsome man, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do?
A: I would wear the handsome man out indulging in my lost on a remote island fantasies. While he is resting up for the next round, I would write all about what just happened and what I wanted to happen next...I mean what my heroine would want to have happen next. (hehehe)

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
My webpage/blog Behind Closed Doors
My second blog Not Enough Time in the Day
Facebook Fan Page
Follow me on Twitter
Yahoo Group for Writers and Readers No Longer Behind Closed Doors
My Author page for Siren Bookstrand

Quinn Lee Hollis is a forty-three-year-old veterinary surgeon who has reached a crossroads in her life. Stuck in a loveless and emotionally abusive marriage, she decides that she has had enough and vows to cut loose and enjoy herself in Las Vegas with her sister.

There she meets and falls in love with two men. Both bring out the fire and passion in her that she has longed for her whole life. Steve Eischer is a Vegas tycoon who wants to fulfill her every fantasy, and Jake Hartley is a classic bad boy who awakens desire in her so strong that it nearly destroys her.

Both Steve and Jake have claims on her heart, but only one can share a connection so strong that nothing can keep them apart.
EXCERPT: Adult Language Warning
Derek kept on working on his tattoo and hollered up to the front. “Come on back, Quinn. We’re just about ready for you guys.” He stopped a second and spoke low enough just for Jacob to hear. “Just relax, Jake. I’m gonna hold you to your promise. Look but don’t touch.”

“Jesus Christ, D. You’re killing me!”

Derek rose from his station, peeled off his gloves, and greeted Quinn with a bear hug as she came back into the work area. “So you’re really gonna do this today?”

“Looks like it. Randi’s all set, and Steve said he’d get one, too, so here I am. You have some sketches you want me to look at while we wait? Hey, what are you working on now?” She walked over to his station and inspected Derek’s work.

Jacob couldn’t breathe. She was so close, and she smelled fucking fantastic.

How long did that take, Derek?”

“Let’s see, it’s been about two months off and on. Right, Jake?”

Goddamn him!

Now Jacob knew he was doing this on purpose. He sat up and turned to look at them. “Something like that, but it’s nearly done now.” Jacob looked into her eyes. “What do you think?” He clenched his jaw as his gut tightened up. “I sort of have a thing for dragons.”

Quinn smiled. That did it. Jacob wanted her, right there and then. “I love dragons, too. But I don’t know if I could ever sit still long enough to have something like that done to me, almost your entire back.” She lowered her voice to a husky whisper. “They’re beautiful. They look real, like they could jump off of your back and start flying around the shop.” She kept eye contact with him a little longer before she turned to Derek. “You’ve outdone yourself with this one.”

“Thanks, doll.” He kissed her on the cheek and handed her some papers. “Here are the sketches for you and Randi to look through. I’m still working on the one for Steve. I should be done with Jake in about fifteen minutes or so and then we’ll start with Randi so you can see how it’s done. Okay?”

She covered her face with the sketches for a second then looked at Jacob again. Those eyes bore right through him. “Okay. If Jake can sit through all of that work, then I can do it for a little butterfly.” She reached out and touched his arm with just her fingertips, setting his skin on fire. “Thank you for letting me look at your tat.”

She walked away from him, and Jacob nearly fell out of the chair. Those hips and that ass—damn it!

Derek looked back at him and just grinned. If he was anyone else, Jacob would have driven his fist through his teeth. Instead, Jacob just groaned and put his head back down on his arms. “You’re one sadistic son of a bitch, D.”

“You’ll survive. You always do. Besides, you‘ll get to watch her again tonight at the concert. Eischer told me earlier that he’s bringing Quinn and Randi to see us.” Jacob thought Derek was thoroughly enjoying torturing him way too much. “And with Eischer around, you’ve got no chance in hell getting her into your bed tonight.”

Jacob laughed along with his friend. “That’s cold, dude.”

“Maybe so, but I love you both and I think it’s best you don’t hook up now. Maybe somewhere down the line.” Derek rubbed away the last of the excess ink from Jacob’s back and then covered it with plastic wrap. “Here, let me help you with your shirt so you don’t dislodge the plastic too soon. It should be okay tonight, but remember to wear a dark shirt—”

“In case some of the ink bleeds. Yeah, I’ve been through this a few times.” Wait, did he just say that maybe I could hook up with Quinn sometime in the future? “So you wouldn’t be totally against me ever hooking up with her, just not now?”

Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m currently working on the second and third books the Now and Forever series. These pick up with the same characters introduced in For the Love of Quinn and we get to meet a few more. I also have a self-published book of poetry due out within the next month. It includes forty-four poems that I wrote over the last two years basically following my path to find myself and my soul mate.


Sandy said...

Good luck with your first sale, Tammy. I'm so glad for you.

Tammy Dennings Maggy said...

Thank you, Sandy! I'm having a wonderful time with writing and even more now that I am an "official published author." Just today, my stepmother sent me a message to let me know that she talked about my book to someone on her bowling team and he bought my book! What a great feeling!

jean hart stewart said...

Wonderful you've joined the ranks of pubbed authors, and I know you'll keep going and going.

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