Romance Author Maggie Toussaint’s latest romantic suspense novel MUDDY WATERS is available now in both digital and trade paperback format. In the past five years, Toussaint has published six novels, four romances, and two mysteries, including the award-winning House of Lies. She has two more mysteries are scheduled for release in 2012.
The Teaser: MUDDY WATERS:
Roxie Whitaker is struggling to make her grandmother’s real estate business a success. When her coastal home is burglarized, her rosy worldview dims. Atlanta security expert Sloan Harding distracts her from her troubles, but is Mossy Bog’s former bad boy serious about her?
Never one to shy away from muddy waters, Sloan is determined to find his alleged missing inheritance. Sparks fly as he enters into a business arrangement with Roxie to oversee the restoration of his childhood home. With her help, Sloan resurrects old secrets while a dangerous predator stalks them.
When passion meets danger, will love win the day?
Southern secrets, hot gossip, and a bad boy in Muddy Waters
MUDDY WATERSin Digital format: Kindle and Wild Rose Press
MUDDY WATERSin Print: Wild Rose Press and Amazon
Q: Everyone’s received a great review or two–tell me what means the most to you and why?
A: Aside from the Publishers Weekly reviews, I had two different women track me down to find out who I’d used as the model for my hero in House of Lies. They wanted to find him in real life and marry him. To think I had pulled that character out of the story ether, breathed life into him, and made him so real people wanted to meet him gave me a real wowsa moment.
Q: How would you describe your type of book ?
A: My books are lighter. If you’re looking for dramatic, angst-filled stories, try another author. I’m descended from Scottish Highlanders way back when and there’s a strong sense of practicality and dry wit running through my veins and bleeding onto the page.
Q: Tell me about your early novelist career and how you got started:
A: A snow skiing accident in 1991 landed me flat on my back for weeks. I read everything in the house three times and my husband started picking up whatever book was at the grocery store checkout counter. During that crazy time, I realized I could write a better story than many of the ones I read. When contracts started coming my way, in some regards, it felt like I was living someone else’s life. It didn’t seem real until the moment I held that first book in my hands.
Q: How do you handle the isolation of being a full-time writer?
A: Like many writers, I’m a full-blooded introvert. I could live in my office for days at a time, more if I had a microwave, fridge, and john in here.
Q: On average, how many revisions of a ms. do you do?
A: Not as many as Jeffery Deaver who I once heard say he revised his work 40 times!
Q: Do you feel pressure to write fast?
A: I feel pressure to write good. Each time I start a new project, I feel the need to write a story that will rival or better the last book. In golf, I used to limit my practice swings during a round because I felt I only had so many good swings in a day. My new concern is my imagination bank. How many good stories are in there? I won’t know until I run out.
For some reason, I doubt Maggie Toussaint will run out of stories any time soon. Find out more about Maggie and her books at her website: www.maggietoussaint.com . Follow Maggie on her blog at Http://mudpiesandmagnolias.blogspot.com/.
National Romance Novel Examiner, Stephanie Giancola also writes romance novels as Stephanie Queen. Visit her website at www.StephanieQueen.com.