Welcome debut author Jeannie Moon to the virtual offices today! She is celebrating the release of The Temporary Wife, an InterMix title that is in stores now.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jeannie Moon] Mom, wife, romance author and librarian. I married my high school sweetie and I love hockey, baseball and sappy movies.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Temporary Wife?
[Jeannie Moon] The Temporary Wife is a story about Meg, a kindergarten teacher who becomes guardian to her best friend’s child. The child’s grandparents mount a custody battle and Meg’s former high school boyfriend, and the Campbell’s estranged son, offers her a temporary marriage to help keep the grandparents in check. But you know, nothing in these things every goes as planned…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jeannie Moon] Funny story. My agent was approached by an editor at NAL, who had read my work and asked if I wanted to take a crack at an idea they’d been bouncing around for InterMix (their digital first line) for a contemporary romance. I wasn’t so sure about it, until I started playing with ideas. Once the ideas started to hatch and I developed Jason and Meg, my hero and heroine, I couldn’t wait to get to their story.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Megan?
[Jeannie Moon] Smart, passionate, fun.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jason had a theme song, what would it be?
[Jeannie Moon] This was tough, but the song "Ever the Same," by Rob Thomas describes the journey he’s been on with Meg. It’s on the playlist I put together for the book. Love it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Megan is never without.
[Jeannie Moon] A hair tie. She has long, curly, sometimes unruly hair. The hair tie is a necessity.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jason’s bathroom?
[Jeannie Moon] Ha!!! Love this! Any waxing products, any hair product other than shampoo and no special skin care products.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Megan’s greatest regret?
[Jeannie Moon] That she didn’t stand up for herself when she and Jason dated in high school. He treated her like an afterthought and she allowed him to.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jeannie Moon] I love stories. My love of stories is rooted so deep I don’t know a time when I didn’t want to write. The other thing that influences me is my home. My books are set on Long Island and in New York City because I love where I live, with beaches being at the top of the list. And I’m not talking The Hamptons…I love the North Shore.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jeannie Moon] Coffee, music of my choice and no interruptions.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jeannie Moon] Kristan Higgins, THE BEST MAN. It’s her best book; a deeply emotional story that will make you laugh, cry and root for the characters beginning to end.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jeannie Moon] I had a beautifully illustrated copy of CINDERELLA when I was a child that I asked my parents to read to me all the time. I carried it with me. I would say that book made me love romance. The first book I stayed up all night to finish was CHARLOTTE’S WEB, by E.B. White. I was eight and I cried my eyes out.
I was hooked.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jeannie Moon] I love the beach and I love to read. So for me, summer is the best because I can read at the beach! My husband and I are both sports nuts so we do like to go to baseball or hockey games, depending on the season. It’s always good time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Jeannie Moon] If you head to my website www.jeanniemoon.com, there are links to all my social media connections. I’d love to hear from people!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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