**Ali: Maya, you just had your first release, For Her Pleasure, with a New York publisher... how did it feel the moment you heard the news you had sold to Berkley?
Maya: It was a bit surreal. I had just sold my first ebook (Seducing Simon) and this sale came right after, so in a very short time, I went from not having sold anything to selling to Samhain and Berkley in short order. And then came the panic. Wow, they're going to PAY me to write? What if no one buys my stories?? lololol
**Ali: Currently, three of your books deal with menage relationships, plus, you have one upcoming, with Love Me, Still... did these stories start out with the idea that there would be three or more in the relationship, or is that just how things worked out?
Maya: I can't say that any of my stories have ever been "just the way things work out" because the nuts and bolts of the story always come to me in the beginning, and once it does, I can't bear to change it around. With Colters' Woman the image of these three really gorgeous brothers having a really tender relationship with Holly just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Yes, there was a lot of sex in the book, but the story wasn't about the sex. At least not to me. It was totally about the love that developed between them all.
**Ali: What does your family think about having a writer in the family? Do any of them read your books?
Maya: My children, particularly my oldest son thinks it's the coolest thing ever. My husband has read a lot of my books, not all, but his favorites are my historicals. He really loved Her Majesty, My Love, but then I'm not surprised lol. It had all the stuff guys like. Action, adventure etc.
**Ali: When you're not writing (and for my sake, I hope that doesn't happen too often, lol) what do you like to do?
Maya: I read a lot. I binge read kind of like I binge write. I also love to hunt and fish. In fact, today, I'm not really here lol. I'm out in El Campo dove hunting with the hubby and kids. (I'll be around later in the weekend though to answer any questions!)
**Ali: Maya, I'm just so excited that you've written a werewolf story, which is currently a theme that I just crave, lol. How did you feel about writing a werewolf story, and would you do it again?
Maya: Hmm, I never set out to write a certain type of story. Meaning I didn't just decide one day to write a werewolf story. Again, it was one of those things that just came to me. Love Me, Still has an old west quality to it. I purposely didn't assign a time period so the reader can immerse themselves in the story and decide. I don't know that I'll write another werewolf story. I won't say no, but I can't say definitively yes either *g* How's that for a non answer? If a werewolf story grabs me by the throat, then yeah, I'll be all over it. I have some other shifter stories coming out next year, but none of them are werewolves ;) I have a heroine who is a cheetah. I'm launching a new paranormal action/adventure series in February with "Into the Mist" and the hero is an elemental shifter who can take the form of mist, water, smoke, etc. There are two secondary characters who are cat shifters and they'll get their story (think menage here *g*)
**Ali: Finally, when are some of your recent favorite reads and why?
Maya: I haven't actually gotten a lot of recent reading done :( Been busting hiney on the writing. The last binge I went on, though, I read Hannah Howell's entire backlist. I happened to pick up Beauty and the Beast and was hooked. Wonderful story. So I sorta went nuts on her backlist. I have some ebooks piled up that I really want to read, but I won't have time for a few more weeks. It's rare for me to actually have a To Be Read Pile, but right now I do. I have at least half a dozen ebooks waiting on me. *sigh*
**Ali: Ugh, I could go on and on asking you questions, lol... There's just so much I'd like to know :) But, I'll give others a chance to post any questions they may have for you :) Thanks again, Maya. I hope you come back here as a guest again sometimes soon... mmm, maybe around December to talk about your werewolf story, Love Me, Still? Just an idea, lol
Maya:For you? Of course *g* I won't be around today but I'll check in tomorrow afternoon and answer any additional questions. Thanks for having me!
I also want to thank all the visitors on my blog for stopping by :)
Be sure to ask Maya any questions you have and remember that'll count as an entry into this weeks giveaway of one of her print books :)
Winners will be announced this weekend.