Interview with romance novelist Maggie McConnell

My
special guest today is romance novelist Maggie McConnell. We’re
chatting about her new romantic comedy, Spooning
Daisy
.





During her virtual book tour, Maggie will be offering a Nordstrom “Daisy”
vegan leather clutch, a Nordstrom turtle pin, or a Rebecca Minkoff star
pendant/necklace to three (3) randomly drawn U.S.-only winners. International
winners will receive a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift
card. To be entered for a chance to win a gift, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free
to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:
Golden Heart
nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US
diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA
while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat
into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23
years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal
rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all
creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat
Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every
year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.

Welcome, Maggie. Please share a little
bit about your current release.

Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen
after a “bit of trouble” at her last job. Now blacklisted from
Seattle to San Francisco, Daisy’s sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge in
Otter Bite, Alaska, where the end of the road is just her beginning.

What inspired you to write this book?  
The original idea (and
opening scene) was inspired by my own garage sale, right down to the sheets
covering the makeshift plywood tables and the silver-plated chafing dish. As
the day progressed, I started thinking “what if…” and the book was born. The
primary location of the story, Otter Bite, Alaska is inspired by the very real
Kachemak Bay village of Seldovia where I spent summers during my 23 years
living in Anchorage. Anyone interested in learning more about this special
place can visit Seldovia.com.

Excerpt from Spooning Daisy:
“I had apple strudel. I never have apple strudel. It’s not my
usual.”

“You
came here to tell me you had apple strudel?”
“The
thing is…I liked it. For a change, I mean. Once. Not every day, of
course.”
“Max–”
“The
truth is…” He stepped toward her. “The truth is…I feel bad about
giving you such a hard time at breakfast.”
“Ohhhh.
This is an apology.”
“No,
absolutely not.” Max retracted the step he’d just taken. “This is
absolutely NOT an apology.”
Daisy
huffed. Normally, she’d take great satisfaction in Max’s guilt and take equal
pleasure in the banter that would surely follow. However, she was a woman on a
mission, and she didn’t have the time, not with Otter Bite hanging by a manila
envelope. “Fine. Thank you for coming here NOT to apologize and for that
apple strudel thing. And–” She momentarily softened. “–the money.
But I just don’t have the time for whatever this is.”
Once
again he stepped toward her. “You’re making this extremely
difficult.”
“This?
This what? What am I making–“
“This.”
The word melted into her mouth.
The
two hundreds floated from her hand to the floor. Then, her arms wrapped Max’s
neck, his body pressed hers, and Daisy was lost in a kiss she never expected to
own.


What exciting story are you working on
next?

Embracing Felicity, also set in Otter
Bite. Thirty-five-year-old, part-Alutiiq Felicity Arhnaq lives on Bobrovie Spit
and has a curio shop in town named FLuke Eleven-Nine. Enter Ian MacIntyre and
his 10-year-old daughter Emily. Ian is an oilman whom we met along with Emily
in Spooning Daisy. Now he and Emily
are back in Otter Bite for the summer, but what’s Ian up to? Looking for the
next drilling site where it otter not
be? Not on Felicity’s watch! Throw in the legend of Sedna, a 200-year-old
mermaid, and it’s romcom with mystery and environmental undertones.
And for those familiar with Spooning Daisy, we see what’s happening
with Max and Daisy since their Happily Ever After.
Anyone
wanting to read the first chapter can visit my website.
Or, if you sign up for my Once in a Blue
Moon
newsletter, I’ll be sending out the first three chapters to
subscribers.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

Interesting. Maybe
when I put “writer” as my profession on my tax return and started deducting
expenses! My first royalty check made it legitimate.

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
live on a (no-kill) ranch and spend 6-8 hours a day taking care of ranch and animals,
including wildlife that wanders through and sometimes stays, like the skunks
under my back deck. I try to get in at least 6 hours/day writing so I’m up
early, 4-ish, and write until 7:30 when I start my ranch day. I fit in another
3 hours of writing in between ranch work, usually in the afternoon before I
return to the barn for evening feeding. After that, I have dinner and watch
some television, usually PBS (including Grantchester, Call the Midwife, Nature,
The Great British Baking Show, A Place to Call Home, Miss Fischer’s Murder
Mysteries, Father Brown, The Coroner, and Murder in Paradise, Last Tango in
Halifax, My Mother and Other Strangers, Home Fires, and assorted documentaries
that might catch my interest. Currently loving The Big Pacific.) I try to spend
a little Facebook time before bed, where I read a bit, then lights out, and I
do it all again the next day. I’m an hour out of town so I only go in about
once a week and try to get all my grocery shopping and errands done. Every day
is pretty much the same as the next.
On
my personal Facebook page I have photos and videos of ranch and critters.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I
don’t think I have a quirk, but then would it be a quirk to me? I always
meditate in the morning before I write—would that be a quirk? In general, I
think I write “normally.”

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

A
horse. Seriously. I’m not sure how old I was before I realized that wasn’t
going to happen. Then I switched to veterinarian. But I have horses now so I
feel like part of the herd—perhaps I’ll have to rely on reincarnation.  BTW, Queen Elizabeth II (when she was a
child) also aspired to be a horse. So I’m in good company.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

With so many books competing for
attention, I’m grateful to all who notice Spooning
Daisy
, and especially to the tour hosts who make Daisy noticeable. Thank
you and good luck with the giveaway. BTW, each giveaway item has a connection
to the book.




Links:

Thank you for being a guest on my blog!

Thank
you for having Daisy and Max, and me.


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5 thoughts on “Interview with romance novelist Maggie McConnell

  1. Maggie McConnell says:

    Thank you, Lisa, for the interview and the great presentation of Spooning Daisy. It's much appreciated! Good luck to all who enter the giveaway–each prize is connected to something in the book.

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