Monday, May 11, 2015

Marguerite Maggy Jones: Author Interview and Spotlight

I am very pleased to be featuring Maggy Jones on my blog today.  She is also an Eternal Press author (Go Team EP!) and she has been a real joy to get to know.  She believes in helping other authors as much as promoting her own book and is very active on social media.  Full of energy and aiming for success, I know you will want to get her book!

A stairwell provides refuge from a predator and is the place where fascination leads to something more with a man with golden eyes. 

Jesse Ash takes the stairs at work to avoid a predator and sees a man with golden eyes. He confronts her on the stairs and talks her into joining him for the evening. A game leads to sex and a relationship. His identity is revealed. 

Travis Daniel owns the stairwell and the company. When the predator resurfaces and Travis' ex shows up, their relationship is challenged. Jesse is tested to the limit. 

They must rise above the circumstances to find justice and love.

Ash on the Stairs is an erotic suspense and can be purchased at the following links:
Eternal Press


1. Is this your first book?  What made you decide on erotic suspense as a genre?
Ash on the Stairs is my publishing debut. I, like so many writers, wrote the book I really wanted to write and couldn’t get any publishing interest in it. I did get someone to tell me it needed work and to find a critique group or an editor. I joined a critique group. While I worked on that manuscript, I challenged myself to write an erotic romance to get my foot in the door. As I wrote Ash on the Stairs, the plot grew and twisted away from the standard boy meets girl and they live happily ever after. I knew I couldn’t write it any other way than with all the sub plots.
2. I always wondered what it is like to write an erotic novel. What do your family and friends have to say to you about this?
Writing an erotic novel was difficult at first. Simply describing a sex act is not erotic. How you describe it is. I am fortunate to have a critique partner who was brutally honest. As a result, I wrote scenes that do not require BDSM to be hot.
Erotic romance/thriller and my family, you ask. My family is behind me all the way. I endure kidding at family gatherings. At a recent family dinner, one of the older male relatives told me he reads in bed at night before he goes to sleep. He said he took his copy of my book and went to bed. He declared he read the first page and had to put the book down, go to the kitchen, and get oven mitts before he could hold it to read. That’s my family. My friends just shake their heads and ask where they can buy it and will I autograph it. One friend bought it, in spite of it being erotic, skipped the sex scenes, and loved the story. That’s my friends.
3. Who are your favorite authors and what books influenced you growing up?
I grew up reading everything including the dictionary and encyclopedia. One of my favorite authors is Ray Bradbury. He saw what we were heading for and wrote about it in The Pedestrian and Fahrenheit 451. We now have wall sized televisions and a person walking down the street is suspect. Thank goodness we haven’t banned reading. Obviously he influenced me strongly. My favorite go-to author for a laugh-out-loud is Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum novels. When asked if I could live in a book, which one would I pick, I frequently answer, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I learned a lot about how to tell a tale from Tolkien; how to tell it in such a way as to draw the reader in and make them believe.
Oddly enough, I used to read very little romance. I’m reading more now that I write it.
4. Any plans for a sequel? What are you working on now?
I do have a sequel for Ash on the Stairs in the works. It is set in the Galveston, Texas area and has a kidnapping in it. My twisted mind is still working out the details.
The other book I mentioned is being published by Eternal Press later this year. Slant Well is a contemporary fantasy tinged with magical realism. A strong romantic theme runs through it, but is secondary to the murder and mayhem surrounding an illegal slant well, the Federal Oil Reserves, and a goddess.
5. It's so hard for new authors to get readers to take a chance on them. What can you say to readers here that might convince them to try your book?
Aside from the fact that you can read the first four chapters for free on Amazon?

Ash on the Stairs grabs you and carries you along through almost non-stop action as Jesse Ash and Travis Daniel build their relationship while they solve a corporate theft and deal with a sexual predator. The antagonist is introduced on page one and as Jesse says, “It always comes back to Jack.” This is one time you don’t want to know Jack.

Connect with Maggy at the following links:

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