Thursday, February 7, 2013

Author Interview: Melissa George

M. A. George, author of Proximity

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I was born and raised in small town Texas. Went away to the big, scary city for years upon years of school and professional training. Eventually, I shocked myself and my parents by returning home to set up camp. My husband (also my high school sweetheart) and I came to the realization that small town Texas isn’t such a bad place to raise our two boys after all. We are extraordinarily blessed to be surrounded by family and friends that have been a part of our lives from the very beginning. I love to travel— my husband and I share a particular love for national parks—but we’ve slowed down a little until the kiddos are a teensy bit older (SO not a fan of changing diapers while parked on the side of the highway)!

What is your favorite genre to read?

As much as I love a little bit of everything out there, my hands-down favorite would be a good romantic classic. I secretly wish I could inhabit Elizabeth Bennet’s body. LOVE Jane Eyre, but I’ll pass on living her life…an awful lot of hardship. I’ll just stand in awe of her instead.

What is one silly fact about you?

I could subsist entirely on peanut butter for an indefinite period of time…still haven’t found my limit.

What got you started on your writing journey?

Writing has always been a dream, but I kept it on the back burner while pursuing my “day job” and raising a family. It was a casual chat around the proverbial water cooler that sparked my motivation. I mentioned offhand that I always wanted to write a novel, and I was encouraged to give it a shot. The next day, Proximity was born! Okay, I didn’t exactly write a novel in one day, but I’ve written every day since…sometimes a lot, sometimes piecing two words together seems like a triumph (To refresh your memory, I have two boys under the age of five…Some days, brushing my teeth is a triumph).

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

Thus far, I am sticking to “clean” romance. I don’t really foresee myself deviating from that. I do occasionally read steamier romances, but as a writer I am always mindful that my children might someday be reading this. And I don’t think I’d ever quit blushing at the thought of my parents reading a smut novel with my name on it!

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?

The sequel to Proximity is currently underway. There is definitely more to the story, and I’m not ready to be done with the characters yet. I do have another project vaguely in the works, but it still needs to marinate while I complete the Proximity story.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

The creativity. I love to create characters and the world that surrounds them, then string together words in a way that pulls the reader into that world. I have so much fun with the whole process, it never feels like work.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

It’s critical that I admire the lead characters, both male and female. If I can’t put myself in the shoes of the heroine—or identify with what she sees in the lead male— it just seems pointless.

I’m not saying they can’t make any decisions that I don’t agree with…Heaven knows I don’t even agree with all of my own decisions in retrospect. But I have to find admirable qualities in the characters, or all is lost.

Please share about your book

Proximity is told from the perspective of the heroine, Palta Capal. She is a typical American career woman, with one conspicuously atypical feature…She’s not human. Her family heralds from a foreign planet, one which she has never seen. Having been born here on Earth, she spends her life trying to blend in with humankind. One important element, however, is missing…Mr. Right. When Aeron arrives on the scene, it opens the door to the romance she has always dreamed of…along with danger, adventure, and unexpected challenges that Palta never dreamed possible.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

Palta will always be a favorite. She’s someone I could easily see myself being friends with.  She’s quick-witted, humble, young at heart, adventurous, and hopelessly romantic. She’s at times timid, but sometimes can’t help herself from blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. She surprises herself when she sweeps Aeron off his feet.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

In my humble opinion, Proximity is a perfect blend of “believable” light science fiction, fast-paced action, unexpected plot twists, authentic characters, and a good old-fashioned love story. Hmm, one sentence left…I make a mean pecan pie—anybody want a slice?

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