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Please Welcome Margay Leah Justice

mailgooglecomMargay, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

You’re welcome, Greta. I’m happy to be here.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I am a mother of two daughters and the author of Nora’s Soul, which is my first published book.

How long have you been writing?

For as long as I could hold a pen. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write. But I’ve been actively pursuing publication for about the last five years or so.

What is your writing process like?

A lot of planning. I like to have an outline when I start to write, which can be pretty detailed at times, including dialog – I affectionately refer to that as my first draft. Then I usually start writing it out longhand (sometimes I do the whole book longhand first, though not as often anymore), but once I sit down at the computer, I could be there for hours before I get up again. I once wrote almost 39,000 words on a work in progress in seven days. Crazy!

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Can you tell us about your release Nora’s Soul?

Here’s a blurb:

 When angels of light and dark collide on earth…

Once he held a favored position in the heavens. But one moment of weakness casts Dante out and now he is cursed to walk the earth, collecting the souls of vulnerable women to buy his way into hell.

All hell breaks loose…

But standing in his way is Peter, an angel of light. Peter is everything Dante is not. Pure, above reproach. And determined to prevent Dante from achieving his goals. Peter will stop at nothing to protect the souls in his charge, even if it means achieving the impossible – leading Dante back onto the right path.

And no one is safe from the fall-out.

Nora Kendall believed in angels. Once. But then she lost her brother to cancer despite all of her prayers – and she lost her faith in all things angelic. Now, she is a lost soul who wanders through life like a sleepwalker, playing it safe and leaving the risk-taking to others.

Kyle Cameron is one of those risks. Burned by a bad marriage, his only concern now is providing a stable life for his children, who are left motherless by the unexpected death of his wife. This means working overtime to grow his architectural firm into a viable business – and leaving the care of his children to the care of someone he trusts. Despite his past connection with Nora, Kyle isn’t certain that she’s the right person for the job. He also doesn’t want to reconnect with her and repeat history.

But fate – and the machinations of two angels – has other ideas.

What is the title of your next book and when will it be release?

The next book is called Sloane Wolf, but it’s still in the production phase, so I don’t have an exact date for it yet.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the next book in the Dante Chronicle series.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

My ideas come from everywhere! Nora’s Soul materialized out of two dreams I had one night that were so vivid, they demanded to be written into a story. Others come from a turn of a phrase that inspires an interesting title I then feel compelled to add a story to, or even from experiences in my own life.

Do you characters talk to you? If so who talks the most heroes or heroines?

My characters do talk to me, some more so than others! Currently, Dante from Nora’s Soul is the most vocal. After I thought I was done telling the story, he corrected me by showing up in my dreams until I realized that the story was really about him – and Nora was just a pawn to get my attention – and that it would take more than one book to tell it.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

Oh, absolutely! I am a shameless book junkie. I often say that if my to be read pile gets any bigger, people are going to start climbing it instead of Mount Everest. My auto-buy authors are Julia Quinn, Stephenie Meyer, Lisa Kleypas, and Luanne Rice, currently, but I’m always adding to that list!

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Anything by Julia Quinn and Stephenie Meyer. And my book of complete Shakespeare plays, of course.

Do you read books other than romance books?

I try to. YA is new to me and I’m finding that I love it; there are some really great YA authors out there and the stories that they have to tell are fabulous. I do read some reference books for research – right now, I’m reading up on Asperger’s syndrome for research purposes and because my younger daughter was recently diagnosed with it – and some thrillers, though not a lot. I have also recently discovered the paranormal genre; I’m really liking the different ways authors are depicting vampires and werewolves. Genius.

What was the first romance book you read?

I have read so many books in that genre, I am sorry to say that I can’t remember the title of the first one. I can tell you that the first romance author who became an auto buy for me was Jude Devereaux. I loved her Montgomery men!

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Oh, that’s not fair! I love them all. But since Nora’s Soul is my first published book – and Dante won’t leave me alone until every aspect of his story is told – I will pick Nora’s Soul as the book I’d like to see made into a movie. As for the actors…I could see Evangeline Lilly as Nora, Hal Ozsan (if you don’t know who he is, watch ABCFamily’s miniseries Fallen) as Dante, Simon Baker as Peter, and Patrick Dempsey as Kyle.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

I wouldn’t mind switching with Peter because he gets to change peoples’ lives in a positive way and who wouldn’t want to do that?

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Knitting! What can I say, I just love creating things. I also just like hanging out with my family, going to the movies with my daughters.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

Oh, that’s a good question! I would love to know this: If an author was running a contest to help her decide what to write about next, what would you suggest? What kind of book do you want to read that hasn’t been written yet?

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7 Responses

  1. Hi Margay! Is there a rooster here for the first commenter? Great interview! Thanks, Greta! Actually there’s so many books out there at the moment in so many different styles, I think my tastes are pretty well catered for. One thing I do miss is a variety of settings in historical romances, though. Love some of those exotic places I used to read about!

    Congratulations on Nora’s Soul!

  2. Always a pleasure to read about Margay’s exploits dealing with Dante!

  3. Greta,
    I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog.
    Margay

  4. Wonderful interview questions and answers. That Dante is quite the persistent character!! Best of luck selling tons of copies!

  5. Anna, thank you for your continued support. Hm, historicals…I do have some ideas churning in that direction…

  6. Claire, yes, he is quite the character – I just hope I’m up to telling his story the way he wants me to! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Thank you, Christine! Yeah, Dante is something else, perhaps my favorite character to write so far – hence, all the page time he’s going to be getting!

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