JM Stewart recently dropped by the virtual offices to discuss her new release Her Knight in Black Leather. Please give her a warm welcome.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[J.M. Stewart] Writer of contemporary romance, reader, wife, mother, spiritualist, lover of puppies.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Her Knight in Black Leather?
[J.M. Stewart] The story is set in a small (fictional) town on the Oregon Coast. Cat Edwards has spent her life playing the wallflower in an effort to escape the repressive weight of her mother’s tarnished name. Dragged to the local pub by her best friend in an effort to get over a broken heart, she longs to be someone else for the night, but gets in over her head. She’s “rescued” by dark mysterious stranger wearing a black leather jacket and mischievous grin that proves exactly what she needs.
Michael Brant has come home to settle his debts. His first night in town, he’s captured by a damsel in distress with bright green eyes he can’t resist. Cat’s temptation is made all the more alluring when he realizes she has no idea who he is. He can’t resist spending a single night in her arms. With her, he’s only a man, disconnected from his family’s name and the past that haunts him here.
They find freedom in each other, but the next morning, the town erupts with news of Michael’s return. Pictures of them keep ending up in the paper, Cat’s safety is threatened. Michael is desperate to keep history from repeating itself, and offers her his family’s name in order to keep her safe. But the lie spirals out of control as they find themselves caught up in the charade.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[J.M. Stewart] For me, I always say I don’t create my characters. They come to me and they tell me their stories. I just take dictation. I call myself a secretary. That’s about how this story came about. I actually started this story over seven years ago, and the original began as the sequel to my first novel, The Playboy’s Baby. What happens for me is that I sit down and I started to ponder the brother’s book, whose name was Logan. Cat shyly introduced herself.
As I wrote, the story grew beyond the limits of the first book, so I separated the two. I started by changing the hero’s name. It just popped into my head one day, and Michael stepped out and introduced himself. The minute I changed his name, Michael finally came to life for me.
Plot wise, all I knew when I started the book was that they would share a single night. I had help with the plot. Somewhere between critique partners and my agent and a revise and resubmit, the story finally ended up where it is.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Cat?
[J.M. Stewart] wallflower. bookworm. strong.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Michael had a theme song, what would it be?
[J.M. Stewart] Bad to the Bone… No, seriously. This was a tough question. Usually I get one or two songs that represent the story or a character, but I’ve never found one for Michael. Doing a search, though, I found the lyrics to “Unbreakable Heart” by Three Day’s Grace fit for him. Also, “Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin’ Park.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Cat is never without.
[J.M. Stewart] Her keys.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Michael’s bedroom?
[J.M. Stewart] Another hard question. Michael’s a simple guy. It’s a bit easier to say what’s in his room, but for the sake of the question… Anything pink or frilly. Extra pillows—as in throw pillows. A desk and/or other furniture outside of a dresser.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Cat’s greatest regret?
[J.M. Stewart] Letting her fear (of becoming her mother) rule her life.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[J.M. Stewart] Life. And books. Everything I read, every person I pass or interact with, is all inspiration for me. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s a song or something I read in passing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[J.M. Stewart] Oh gosh, I can only think of two that I absolutely need: Coffee and a quiet house. Everything else is negotiable. lol
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[J.M. Stewart] Those Violet Eyes by Vonnie Davis. Her hero, Win Fairchild, is a war veteran, and she had me in tears by the end of the first chapter. He really touched me. I’ve read some great books since, but this one really got to me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[J.M. Stewart] I couldn’t recall one particular book, but it was those Romana Quinby books. I found one in the school library in I think it was sixth grade and I’ve been hooked since.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[J.M. Stewart] Read. Play games. I’m a sucker for those mind numbing computer games, like Diner Dash. Cause that’s what they do—they numb the mind, so I can shut down for a while.
Also watch TV, and movies. For the same reason.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[J.M. Stewart] Website: http://authorjmstewart.com/
Amazon Author Page—http://www.amazon.com/JM-Stewart/e/B004SJPT6O/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
Her Knight in Black Leather is out NOW. You can order it from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below.
About the book:
Title: Her Knight in Black Leather
Author: J.M. Stewart
Editor: Jennifer Lawler
Cat Edwards has spent her life playing the wallflower in an effort to escape the repressive weight of her mother’s tarnished name. Dragged to a bar by her best friend in an effort to forget a broken heart, the shy bookworm is determined to be someone else for the night, but quickly gets in over her head. She discovers chivalry isn’t dead after all when a mysterious stranger comes to her rescue. He’s wearing black leather and a mischievous smile that promises to be exactly what she needs.
When his terminally ill father suffers a setback, Michael Brant returns to the town he swore ten years ago he’d never return to. He’s come home this time determined to make peace with the past that haunts him, but being home brings up memories he doesn’t want to remember anymore. His first night in town, he’s captured by a damsel in distress. Cat’s beauty is made all the more alluring when he realizes she has no idea who he is. He can’t resist spending a single night in her arms. With her, he’s only a man, disconnected from his family’s name and the past that haunts him here.
As the town erupts with the news of his return, Michael’s dark past comes back to haunt him, putting Cat danger. Someone is threatening her life and the life of her family. Desperate to keep history from repeating itself, Michael offers her his family’s name in order to keep her safe. When the lie spirals beyond their control, can they stop their hearts from becoming entangled as well?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Author Bio: J.M. writes what she likes to call sweet and spicy contemporary romance. She’s a stay-at-home mom who lives in Seattle Washington, with her husband, two boys, and their two very spoiled puppies. She’s been devouring romances for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her passion. Find out more about her at http://authorjmstewart.com/
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