Heads up! MJ Compton has a new novel out. Check out that cover. Sa-MOKIN! Oh, AND she granted me an interview that includes photos of her favorite writing spaces.
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Caroline Maplethorpe spent a summer as plaything for a minor league baseball team…and oh, how Win Winston played. Seven years later, she’s respectable, and he’s in the big leagues. Now that he’s found her again, he still wants her in a major way. But their second-chance relationship attracts too much publicity, and the third member of their long-ago fling threatens to destroy the respectable life Caroline so carefully reconstructed after that crazy summer.
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Thank you so much for being here, MJ.
If this is not your first novel, what keeps you motivated?
I’m a story teller, first and foremost. There are stories in my head longing to be told. I wish I had more time to get to them all.
Do you require complete silence for writing, or do you like white noise?
When I’m in my zone, it doesn’t matter. I was on a writing retreat in June, and two people next to me were talking—and I never heard a word they said because I was completely involved in my story. There are two things that disrupt me: direct interruptions, such as my husband wanting something or no one answering the ringing phone; and TV. I’m not a huge fan of TV (never have been) and when one is on around me, it is distracting, annoying, and disruptive.
Would you be willing to share a photo of your favorite writing spot?
I have a couple. (photo of woods is Erie, PA; photo of lake is Auburn, NY)
Beautiful. My husband and I just visited Erie, PA. We loved it.
How do you feel after a long bout of writing?
Happy and excited. I do need a little downtime, but if I can get back into my zone, the next day can be as productive.
How do you fit writing into your schedule?
I get up “an hour earlier” and try to sneak in half-an-hour before day job, if not more. I will sneak in 20 minutes or so during my lunch hour; I write when I get home from work. Weekends. Writing retreats. Now that I’m published, I can justify more writing retreats. My children are grown and gone. And now that I’m published, my husband is more respectful of my writing time.
Who is your favorite character in the book you are showing us today, and why?
The heroine, Caroline. The story is told completely from her perspective. I like her evolution from someone who allows herself to be led into a woman who makes her own decisions about her life.
When a reader reaches THE END in the book you are showing us today, what do you hope sticks with them in the days (or months) that follow?
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Who is MJ Compton:
Although her 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting her husband, MJ never lost her dream of writing her own stories.
MJ still lives in upstate New York with her husband. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of her passions, and she enjoys baseball and college basketball, but she’s primarily focused on wine . . . and writing.
Website & Blog www.comptonplations.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/MJ-Compton/e/B00J9DFFIG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1