I met Maisey Yates three years ago at the Rose City Reader’s Luncheon in Portland, OR. She’d just sold her first book to Harlequin Presents – at the very young age of 23. Today Maisey is one of the biggest, brightest voices in the Presents line and I think she’s simply awesome. I adore her and am so happy to introduce her to you on my Jane Blog. Maisey has recently branched out from writing her deeply passionate alpha stories to also writing light and sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. Here’s Maisey!
Is there anything that has surprised you about writing or publishing your books?
I think what’s surprised me most about publishing is how much there is to learn. I learn something new all the time!
What’s your typical day like when you’re between writing projects?
I’m rarely between projects! But when I’m taking time off, I usually just hang out around the house. Sometimes I feel adventurous and take a day trip with my husband and kids.
Was there anyone or anything that helped inspire you to be a writer?
Books. I loved to read books, I loved to be surrounded by books. I wanted to help create what I loved.
Do you have a writing schedule or any writing rituals to help you achieve your daily writing quota?
I have a playlist for every book, and I have scented candles that I light while I work. It helps me get in a good frame of mind!
Tell us about your new release in 2 – 3 sentences. What do you personally love about this story?
Unexpected, as told by Carly Rae Jepson: “I just met you, and this is crazy, but there was a clinic mix-up and you’re having my baby!” (Now it’s stuck in your head!) What I really like about this book is that Cole and Kelsey, the main characters, have something crazy happen to them, through no fault of their own, and it’s up to them to try and make it work, not just for them, but for their baby!
What are you working on now?
I’m working on Unbroken, the third book in the Silver Creek series.
What do you love most about being a writer? What do you hate?
I love writing. The act of sitting down and creating a new story. I hate the politics. People can be hard to navigate, and I would rather not have to worry about that!
Name five items sitting on your desk right now.
A candle, an iPhone, a coffee mug, a laptop and a lamp!
Name 3 books you hope to read soon.
A Royal Without Rules by Caitlin Crews
Man Drought by Rachael Johns
Ink by Amanda Sun
Title and author of the latest book you read?
To Sin With a Viking by Michelle Willingham. (LOVED it!)
What’s your astrological sign?
Are you superstitious?
I would like to say no, but I think I really am. I tend to believe my thinking is magical…
If you could meet one person who has died, who would it be? What would you want to discuss with him/her?
LM Montgomery. We would have to discuss Anne. Because her character meant the world to me. 😉
Five favorite things to do on a weekend?
Read, road trip, watch TV, sit on the deck, sleep in.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without if you were stuck on a deserted island?
There are so many things. I’m a high maintenance creature. But if I could only pick one? My husband would have to come with me. I love that man.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
It’s actually marriage advice from a friends mom. In a fight, don’t say ‘you always or you never’. Because neither is true, and it will only make things escalate. I always think of that, just before I’m about to say BUT YOU NEVER and then I think better of it!
Five things every writer should know?
1. You have to do the work. After you get published there’s only more work, and you have to keep doing it.
2. Working hard pays off.
3. Being a diva doesn’t.
4. It’s okay to love what you write.
5. If you love what you write, you need to be willing to revise it to make it better.
Your favorite dessert or snack?
Hmm….a hard question. Dessert is cake. Snacks are chips. I don’t like one more than the other, it just depends on if I want sweet or salty!
What do you do in your spare time?
Trick question. I have three kids. I don’t have spare time.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is measured in a few ways. I have a lot of ambition, but I also feel I’m successful now. I’m happy doing what I do, and my family is taken care of. That’s success to me.
Rock or country music?
Last song you listened to?
The One That Got Away by The Civil Wars.
Sweet or savory?
That’s HARD. I like food. Can we leave it at that?
Favorite ice cream flavor?
I make a chai ice cream that is pretty darn good if I say so myself!
Maisey, I’ve loved having you join us today. I’ll have to try the Chai ice cream soon. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us! Friends, be sure to stop by Maisey’s website and learn more about her books. To add more fun to today’s post, I’m giving away, to one lucky winner, an ebook download of one backlist book by Maisey Yates, an ebook download of one backlist book by Jane Porter (anything up to The Good Daughter) and some fun JP goodies. For a chance to win, leave a comment and you’ll be entered. Contest ends Monday – Good luck!