Where are you from? I am from the planet of Bethyea. Although it is almost deserted now, it was once a bright, peaceful place to live. Beautiful rolling hills and trees, creeks and meadows. It was idyllic when I was growing up. Now we have been overrun by slave traders and those who survived the raids have left one by one.
Tell us a bit about Lady of the Knight. It describes the many adventures Darius and I have had, then ultimately about how I had to make a choice: would I betray my husband in order to save him?
What did you think the first time you saw Darius? The first few seconds, I only felt his presence and tried to flee. When he tackled me and I twisted to stare up into his face, I was filled with this sense of calm. He just radiated serenity.
Interesting. And your second thought? That I should be running from this man. It was the dead of night and I was on the run some bad men. I ducked into Darius’ quarters, hoping they'd be empty.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? It was…something. Definitely something. There was this amazing connection, undeniable, and unchanged over the years.
What do you like most about him? His strength of character. He offers me the stability I’ve never really had. Even when times were good as a child, there was always tension and uneasiness. Perhaps I sensed what the future held, the awful time when our planet would be raided.
How would you describe Darius? Wise beyond his years. Loving, giving, warm.
Very nice. How would he describe you? Ha! Umm…flaky? No. He would never say that. That’s just how I feel sometimes in comparison to him. He would say I’m…what lightens him. What makes him happy. I hope.
Aww. What is your biggest fear? Being alone again. But I don’t think about that often.
How do you relax, Maggie? I like to do physical things, swim, workout, spar.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Trust your instincts. It has rarely failed me.
Great talking with you Maggie. Now let's chat for a bit with your creator, MJ. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Well my sci-fi, like Lady of the Knight, is definitely influenced by the Star Wars saga, and those like it: Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers. I’ve also read a lot of books in this genre. As far as the craft of writing goes, On Writing by Stephen King has meant a great deal to me.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? There is a scene with a child who is struggling to fall asleep. Her single uncle doesn’t understand why her parents are ignoring her pleas for water and stories, etc. This is based on an incident with my niece, Maddie, and my brother, Patrick. I think it just makes things more real, and shows the depths of some relationships.
What made you decide to self publish? I was originally published with Crimson Romance but now I self-publish my work. I enjoy being part of the entire process, especially helping with the cover art design.
And all your covers are beauties; this one is a winner! What project[s] are you working on now? After this blog tour I plan on getting some serious editing done on my next contemporary romance, Blackout which centers around how a blackout brings two people together and how another rips them apart.
What's up next for you? Well, my triplets graduate in May and will be going away to college in the Fall. I think there is a whole lot of adjusting in store for me!
TRIPLETS??!!!! Yup, a lot of adjusting for you, pal. Yikes.
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