Interview with contemporary fiction novelist M. Garzon

M. Garzon is stopping here today as she tours her contemporary novel, Blaze of
Glory
with Goddess Fish Promotions.
As part of the tour, M. is going to be awarding the entire trilogy on Kindle or Kobo
(winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. To be entered
for a chance to win, leave a comment below. To increase your chances of
winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too! 

Bio:
M.
Garzon rode horses professionally for ten years, until an injury prompted a
career change. She returned to school and completed a BSc; then for good
measure, an MBA. After several years of toiling as a business consultant, she
turned to writing in a desperate bid to regain her sanity. A mom of two fabulous
children, she lives in St‑Lazare, QC and considers herself extremely lucky to
be a writer.
Welcome M. Please tell us about your
current release.
Blaze of Glory is the first book of a trilogy set in
the horse world, more specifically the world of showjumpers. The main
character, Tea (pronounced Tay-a) starts the family drama rolling by falling in
love with the exact wrong person. She then proceeds to dig herself into a
deeper mess by making rash, impetuous decisions (thus angering her
step-father), ignoring sound, loving advice (thus frustrating her twin
brother), and being stubborn and clueless about her love interest (thus… no
wait, I don’t want to spoil it for you). Still, she’s only seventeen so we have
to cut her some slack. And she does redeem herself somewhat in the second and
third books, which are already out.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wasn’t
inspired so much as held captive and forced. My muse has a mean streak.
Excerpt:
“What
do you need, Tea?” he asked quietly.
The
question caught me by surprise. I needed a lot of things, but what sprang to
mind first was Jaden. The one thing I definitely could never have.
I
gulped. “Just be my friend.”
“I
will always be that.” He pulled into the lot where my car was parked. Julia and
Teri were following behind us.
He
turned to me. “Will you think about what I said? About telling Dec?”
Truthfully,
I had filed away his request as soon as he’d made it, under the heading of ‘not
in this lifetime’.
“Why
is it so important to you?” I asked a question rather than lie to him.
“Because
I think it will help to extirpate your feelings of guilt,” he said.
Only
Jaden could use a word like ‘extirpate’ and not sound like a total geek, I
thought with a smile. I turned toward him, still smiling, and found myself
being pulled into a hug. I hugged him back fiercely, my heart breaking into a
mad dash. His body was hard, but very warm. I pulled away first—I liked being
in his arms far, far too much to stay there. This was something I’d have to get
under control, and quickly.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’m writing
a kids’ book with my children. It’s called Panther and it’s been exciting for
me because I’m learning a lot about Canadian horses, our national breed. I also
found an awesome illustrator for it, which I think adds a lot to the story. I
never thought I’d write for children, but that’s what happens when you have
kids – you find yourself doing a lot of things you never suspected you would.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
Sometime
between my 2nd and 3rd books it just hit me one day that this is what I am now.
How lucky am I?
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I’ve been
writing “full-time” for about a year now, but I’m also a single parent and my
kids live with me 100% of the time. I write when they’re in school, but between
PED days (teacher days), holidays, and illness, it seems there are never enough
hours. I’ve tried to write at night after they’re asleep but what I produce is
mostly gibberish. This past January the kids had chicken pox one after another,
so I lost a whole month of writing, although I did gain some nice bonding time
with my kids.
School days
start with craziness – my kids are seven and nine but in the morning they
somehow revert to being preschoolers. Once they’re safely off, the dog’s been
walked, and the demanding bunny attended to, then I sit down and spend six
hours living in my imaginary world.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I wrote my
first book all out of sequence, and put it together like a puzzle at the end.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
A horse
trainer – and I was, for a while. I also, like many animal-loving children,
thought about being a veterinarian, but when I got older and spent some time
volunteering at vet clinics I realized it’s a very difficult profession for
those with soft hearts.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
If you read
the books now, you can be cool and say you liked them before they became a TV
series 😉
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Thanks for being today’s guest, M!


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