author Meg Benjamin joins me today to
talk about her new paranormal, Away.
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Benjamin is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her newest series,
the Folk, is a paranormal trilogy set in Colorado. Meg’s Konigsburg series is
set in the Texas Hill Country and her Salt Box and Brewing Love trilogies are
set in the Colorado Rockies (both are available from Entangled Publishing).
Along with contemporary romance, Meg is also the author of the paranormal Ramos
Family trilogy from Berkley InterMix. Meg’s books have won numerous awards,
including an EPIC Award, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt
Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers, the Beanpot Award from the New England
Romance Writers, and the Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers.
Meg’s Web site is http://www.MegBenjamin.com. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Meg loves to hear from
readers—contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome, Meg. Please share a little bit
about your current release.
Away is the first book in a new
paranormal series, The Folk. My hero is a member of The Folk, a complex society
of magical beings living in the foothill suburbs of Denver. You might call them
fairies, but you probably shouldn’t do that in their hearing. My heroine is
mortal, but one night she sees her brother in the parking lot at the club where
she works—the same brother who disappeared and supposedly died in the mountains
ten years earlier. She hires the hero to find out what’s happening, thinking
he’s a private detective. He’s actually a police officer for the Folk rather
than a detective, but he decides to help her anyway. The search for her brother
turns up a much more sinister conspiracy that threatens my hero and heroine, as
well as the Folk themselves.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love writing paranormal books, although most of my other books are
contemporary romance. I love the idea of parallel worlds, that the supernatural
lies just beneath the surface. And the supernatural can appear when you least
would you like . . .” He stopped, squinting at something in front of him.
disappeared, leaving darkness behind. A peculiar kind of starless sky. She
swung her Cyalume farther in front.
snuffing out the light. The illumination from their chemlights seemed to bounce
back, unable to penetrate the gloom
“What is it?”
roaring grumble, like a distant waterfall. A distant waterfall that was somehow
getting louder. Annie bit her lip, piercing the dark with her suddenly puny
blanking out everything it touched. Annihilating the night around them.
What exciting story are you working on
2 of the Folk, Unseen, is tentatively
scheduled for an August release. It includes some of the same characters as Away, along with some new faces. It’s
set in a mountain town, Animas, which is based on Crested Butte and includes a
version of their famous Vinotuk Fall Festival. I love Crested Butte, and I had
a lot of fun writing a romance based there.
When did you first consider yourself a
I wrote romance, I was a college teacher, and I wrote lots of things that were
part of my job. I can still remember the first article I had accepted by a
journal, realizing I could actually do this for a living. Through all the other
ups and downs, I still get that feeling when somebody likes my work.
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’m retired from my day job now, so I do get to write full-time. I find that I
work better in the afternoon for some reason, so I usually get my chores done
in the morning. Then I spend the afternoon in my study, although I try to spell
myself so that I don’t spend the afternoon sitting down. I’ll write for thirty
minutes and then go do something else for five minutes, just to give my brain a
rest and my muscles something different to do.
What would you say is your interesting
a planner, more’s the pity. I have to know where I’m going and how I’m going to
end before I start. That doesn’t mean I won’t change things once I get going,
but I need that outline in my hand before I can actually get started.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I wanted to be the two things I ended up being: a writer and a teacher.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I really enjoyed writing The Folk, and I’d like to do more books set in
this world. Many thanks to Soul Mate publishing for taking the series on. I
hope everybody enjoys it as much as I did.
for being a return guest on my blog!