Please say hello to special guest, USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard. Janice dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her latest release A Wolff at Heart.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Janice Maynard] I am an introvert (love spending time alone working on a book), but I am not shy. I love people, and I treasure friends I have made in the reading and writing community.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Wolff at Heart?
[Janice Maynard] A WOLFF AT HEART is the seventh and final book in The Men of Wolff Mountain series I have been writing for Harlequin Desire. It introduces a surprise character and wraps up several secrets. My editor tells me it’s her favorite story of the whole lot. ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Janice Maynard] In the fall of 2010 I was in South Carolina at a writers’ retreat. Although I was already writing for Harlequin, I had only done 2 books, and I needed a proposal for a new book(s). Through the grapevine I heard that my current editor was interested in big family sagas. Since my husband and I have spent a lot of time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I decided to use Virginia as my setting. After that, I began brainstorming “what ifs”. I started with a tragedy that happened back in the 1980s and then came up with a cast of characters in the present.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Pierce?
[Janice Maynard] Straightforward, honorable, fun-loving…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Nicola had a theme song, what would it be?
[Janice Maynard] Intriguing question! The first song that came to mind is “Bruises” by Train….
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Pierce is never without.
[Janice Maynard] Pierce is never without a natural tan, because he spends so much time outdoors.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Nicola’s bathroom?
[Janice Maynard] In Nicola’s bathroom you will never find expensive make-up, a man’s toothbrush, or a picture of her family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Pierce’s greatest regret?
[Janice Maynard] Pierce’s greatest regret is that he gave his parents so many sleepless nights when he was in high school and college.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Janice Maynard] My greatest creative influences… hmmm… I suppose my first would be silence. Although I adore music and can’t drive without the XM radio on, when I am home working, I love the purity of silence. It enables my thoughts to take free reign. Beyond that, I find that getting plenty of sleep and reducing stress helps my creativity immensely.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Janice Maynard] In order to write I need my MacBook Air (is it wrong to be in love with a computer??), usually a Coke, though I am trying to cut back, and a note pad and pen at my side to jot down random thoughts (or even a grocery list).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Wolff at Heart?
[Janice Maynard] A WOLFF AT HEART was due in the late fall of 2012. By that time of year, I am mentally gearing up for decorating, entertaining, shopping, wrapping, and generally getting ready for the holidays. It was very hard to stay focused on finishing the book, because I really love the Christmas season, and I wanted to play. ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Janice Maynard] One of the downsides of my current writing schedule (a 50,000 word book due every 10 weeks) is that my reading time has shrunk to almost nothing. I love reading and really miss it. Having said that, it is sometimes hard to read for pleasure without analyzing an author’s style, etc. My favorite books of all time: classic – GONE WITH THE WIND, modern – OUTLANDER. The writer I most want to emulate – Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Storyteller I most admire – J. K. Rowling.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Janice Maynard] I was an early and voracious reader. To give you an idea, in third grade I set myself a goal of reading every fiction book in our school library. To my credit, I made it all the way through the A section, which as I recall was easily over 200 books. Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson was one of the A books. I was particularly intrigued by it, because it was set in Edinburgh, Scotland.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Janice Maynard] I love to travel! My husband and I just returned from a vacation in the Tetons and Yellowstone. Not our first visit, but one of my favorite places. We did lots of hiking, and I was particularly proud when I managed to climb up Mt. Washburn, a six-mile hike that begins around 8700 feet and goes up to 10,250 feet. Breathtaking views…. Other than travel, I love to bake and spend time with family and go to movies.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
About the author:
Janice Maynard knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels in 1996 and 1997. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for sixteen years, Janice turned to writing full-time in the fall of 2002. Since then she has written and sold over twenty-five books and novellas. Her publishers include Kensington, Penguin/NAL, Berkley, and Harlequin.
Janice lives in east Tennessee with her husband, Charles. They love hiking, traveling, and spending time with their daughters, Caroline and Anna, sons-in-law, Jamie and Chris, three granddaughters, Anastasia, Ainsley, and Allie, and the newest addition to the family, Levi.