Please welcome Meg Benjamin to the virtual offices today! Meg is here to tell us about Bolted, the second book in the Promise Harbor Wedding continuity.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Meg Benjamin] I’m a late-blooming romance author, specializing in contemporary and paranormal with a bit of comedy. Romance on Wry, that’s me.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Bolted?
[Meg Benjamin] Bolted is the second book in the Promise Harbor Wedding quartet, four books (Jilted, Bolted, Busted, Hitched) by four different authors (Kelly Jamieson, me, Sydney Somers, Erin Nicholas). All four start with the same disastrous wedding ceremony, with heroes and heroines who were all involved in the wedding. My heroine is the matron of honor, Greta Brewster, who’s also the groom’s sister. Greta’s got a secret: her own marriage has just ended in divorce and she doesn’t know how to tell her mother. She takes off for a few hours and ends up taking a week-long vacation at an eccentric hotel in another town. Oh, and she finds the love of her life stuck in a hole nearby.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Meg Benjamin] The four of us brainstormed the central concept of the series, the idea of the wedding that goes south when the bride absconds with her ex. Then each of us decided how our characters would be related to the wedding. I grabbed the matron of honor because I had an idea about a woman who runs away from a wedding wearing one of those awful, Gone With the Wind bridesmaid dresses.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Greta?
[Meg Benjamin] Impulsive, Conflicted, Delicious
[Manga Maniac Café] If Hank had a theme song, what would it be?
[Meg Benjamin] Ain’t Gonna Let You Go
[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing Greta is never without.
[Meg Benjamin] A great recipe for oatmeal cookies
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things will you never find in Hank’s glovebox?
[Meg Benjamin] A J. Crew catalog, a Dustbuster, a copy of The Pick-Up Artist
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Hank’s greatest regret?
[Meg Benjamin] That Greta didn’t arrive sooner at Hotel Grande. He put up with a lot of very bad cooking before she rescued him from his own dig.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Meg Benjamin] Writers who combine romance and comedy without losing either one: Jennifer Crusie, Loretta Chase, Susan Elizabeth Philips, and Barbara Metzger among lots of others. Plus writers who didn’t let a late start keep them from pursuing their dreams, like my friend Desiree Holt.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Meg Benjamin] My trusty MacBook Air, my Ikea Poäng chair, a glass of something or other (wine is nice, but I can go with iced tea earlier in the day).
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Meg Benjamin] Tess Gerritsen’s Last To Die. Really, really spooky and intricately plotted. Not a lot of romance, though.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Meg Benjamin] Probably Bambi. Don’t judge me! It was the first book I stayed up half the night to finish reading at age eight or so.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Meg Benjamin] I love to cook and I love to travel. My favorite things to do are to drive around the country, eating at good restaurants and visiting cool places like wineries and art galleries with my hubs.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Meg Benjamin] All kinds of ways. My Web site is http://www.MegBenjamin.com and my blog is http://megbenj1.wordpress.com/. You can follow me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/meg.benjamin1), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/megbenjamin/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/megbenj1), Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2869971.Meg_Benjamin), and with my friends at Nine Naughty Novelists (http://ninenaughtynovelists.blogspot.com/). I also love to hear from readers—contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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About the author:
Meg Benjamin is writes contemporary romance for Samhain Publishing and paranormal romance for Berkley InterMix. Her books have won an EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the New England Romance Writers Beanpot Award, and the Holt Medallion among other honors. Meg lives in Colorado.