Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ask Five with...Janice Maynard!!!

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If you haven't discovered Janice Maynard yet, then you're missing out on some great (and hot!) reading. Beneath her sweet Tennessee smile is a woman who creates some wickedly hot stories.

Come and meet...Janice Maynard!

What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?

My latest release is called "Play With Me" - It begins with a toast between three best friends - and a pact to make their naughtiest fantasies come true before their thirtieth birthdays. All it's going to take is finding the right man, capturing the perfect moment, and stirring up enough courage to issue the most provocative invitation of the year.

Tell us about yourself. What do you do for fun?

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years. We got married between our sophomore and junior years in college and graduated together. I stayed home when my two daughters were babies. Then taught elementary school for 15 years. I started writing full-time in the fall of 2002.

For fun, I love to read, of course! I also enjoy going to movies at the movie theater (too many distractions at home!), and hiking - as long as it's not more than about 6 miles! I like card games like Rook and Spades. Actually, I love most games! Travel is high on my list of things I love to do!

Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?

Early in my writing life, Jan Powell (who wrote as Celeste Hamilton for Silhouette Desire) was a wonderful friend and mentor. We still keep in touch! Also - Lurlene McDaniel - who writes YA for Bantam has been a great writing friend.

As far as writers I loved and wanted to be like when I grew up (ha!) - I'd have to say Susan Johnson and Mary Balogh in historical and Lori Foster and Susan Elizabeth Phillips in contemporary. And it goes without saying that I have always loved Nora Roberts. JoAnn Ross - who now writes romantic suspense for NAL - is a more recent friend who is always willing to share her expertise and encouragement.

What is the hardest part of writing?

For me the hardest part of writing is turning in a book and knowing it won't be on the shelf for nine or ten months. I guess I don't like waiting! One of my favorite things is when my editor send me a new cover. Then the book seems "real".

What’s coming up in the near future for you?

My next book, IMPROPER ETIQUETTE, comes out the first week in July. I love my cover for that one! It has an Audrey Hepburn look to it... if Audrey was being really naughty!

To learn more about Janice and her books, visit her website


Jodi said...

I'm finally reading Play With Me! Another great book so far. Can't wait until July!

Janice Maynard said...

Hey, Jodi - I am so glad you are enjoying Play With Me! I had fun writing about three best friends and their yummy guys!