I’m so excited to introduce you to my good friend and newly published author, Carol Moncado. It was a proud moment to see it on their website, since Carol is one of critique partners. Since I’ve already read her book, I can tell you it’s a sweet love story with a romantic twist. I believe you will love reading about Jeremiah and Dorrie. I encourage you to click here and buy her book!
Carol, every great love story has a beginning point. In talking with other writers I have learned there is usually a fun story behind most books. Where did the inspiration for Finding Mr. Write come from?
The inspiration came from a conversation I had with Casey Herringshaw in the comments on Seekerville one day in mid-2011. We were planning for our first ACFW conference and debated whether or not we should stalk Julie Lessman while there. It turns out we didn’t need to, but the idea had taken root. The original concept had a much more Lucy-Ethel tone to it, but I love the way it turned out.
So why Mya Elizabeth Linscott? Mya… well, the reason is implied in the book so I won’t spoil it here. I don’t remember the inspiration for Elizabeth, but likely just looking for something with an “E” to make it MEL. Linscott comes from my favorite Mary Connealy hero, Tom Linscott in Sharpshooter in Petticoats.
Can we talk about the hero for a moment? Tell us about Jeremiah? Was he patterned after anyone?
My husband isn’t a writer, but he’s a lot like Jeremiah in a lot of ways. He’s incredibly supportive and I couldn’t do this writer thing without him. I don’t know where the whole “Prince Caspian” thing came from, but came it did. And I loved it!
Where did the inspiration for Dorrie come from? What about the skin cancer on Dorrie’s nose?
Dorrie embodies pretty much every author I know, myself included. The insecurities. The fears. The rejection. But with all of that comes friendships that transcend writing. Camaraderie. Growth. And I do know of at least one couple that met at a conference and married later. Her journey mirrors mine in many ways [though not the contest final/win – or the random conference wedding ;)].
As for the skin cancer… as I was working on a round of edits for this book, I was diagnosed with exactly what she was. Her experience there also very much mirrors my own – from the nickel-sized crater to the second surgery and the lasering. And yes – my eyelids were numb at one point ;).
Can we get personal? I would love for our readers to get to you a little bit better. Do you have a big family? What is your writing day like?
Okay, who else is the household? My husband, Matt, and I have four kids. Three girls – 13, 11, 9 – and a boy, age 7. They are all incredibly supportive! The 5.5lb Shorkie? He doesn’t like his snuggle spot in my lap taken up by the laptop or external keyboard.
My writing? Well, if I didn’t have four young[ish] kids at home, it would probably 9-10pm to 1-2am. That’s when I write the best and am the most creative – when I’m not up at 6 in the morning to get a 13 year-old to jazz band practice. That tends to zap any late-night creativity. Instead, I get most of it done on the days I don’t work [most MWF off] or when I hole up in the recliner in the office of my sister’s house for 10-12 hours a day on weekends.
It’s always great to hear about supportive writer’s families. I really do think that makes the biggest difference.
I’ve loved having you on the blog this week. Just one more question, can you tell us when your next book is being released?
This is the beginning of my “grand opening” as an author! Six books are releasing this year and I’m working to finish them up right now.
* Finally Mr. Write: CANDID Romance book 2; November 24, 2014
* Falling for Mr. Write: CANDID Romance book 3; December 2014
*Good Enough for a Princess: The Montevaro Monarchy book 1; November 17, 2014
*Along Came a Prince: The Montevaro Monarchy book 2; December 2014
*More Than a Princess: The Montevaro Monarchy book 3; December 2014
Thanks for joining us today. I wish you the best with your new book. God bless!
Readers, I encourage you click this link and check out Carol’s new book. Right now, it’s selling at a great price. 🙂