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Author Interview – Meg Benjamin

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

“Don’t look back—something might be gaining on you.” The first person to say this was Satchel Paige, the legendary baseball player. But it’s probably most associated with Bob Dylan, who repeated it later. It sums up something I think is important. Not that you never think back over what you’ve done, but that you don’t let yourself be obsessed with the past. Maybe you should have done something differently, but you can’t really let yourself worry about that now. Keep going, and keep looking forward.

Tell us a bit about your family.

My hubs and I have two wonderful sons, an accountant and a Web developer. Both of them live in Texas, although I’ve been trying to get them to move to Colorado ever since we moved here ourselves. We also live with two cats (people with cats know the futility of saying we “own” them) that we got from the Foothills Animal Shelter here in Colorado. They’ve got some Maine Coon Cat in their background, judging from their size and their tufted ears, but they’re strictly non-pedigreed. They’re also strictly indoors dwellers since we have a backyard full of finches, chickadees, and tufted woodpeckers. As for the hubs, he’s a scientist, but I try not to hold that against him.

What book genre of books do you adore?

I am, of course, a huge reader of romance, just about all genres (although I’m not big on science fiction). Within romance, though, I have a special fondness for historicals—particularly those that take place in the regency period and later. I think it’s because I know I’ll never write one. The research involved in writing a historical romance is just too daunting. But I really love reading what other authors have been able to find, particularly when it’s both true to the period and somehow modern at the same time. My current favorite? Sherry Thomas’s Ravishing the Heiress.

Are you a city slicker or a country lover?

I’m not sure I can make that distinction. I love cities. They provide lots of things that I adore—restaurants, boutiques, museums, galleries, gourmet shops, etc. But I live in Colorado, which means the “country” is the mountains, which I also adore. It sometimes amazes me that I live in a place where I can drive for ten minutes and be in the kind of scenery that just takes your breath away. I don’t think I could live far from other people. I like having my roads plowed in winter and my garbage picked up every week. But I love traveling to places where I couldn’t live, particularly when those places are spectacularly beautiful.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Actually, I wrote my first published book because I was annoyed at a contest judge. I’d sent in the first chapter of one of my early, early books (unpublished and very bad, but that’s neither here nor there), and the judge informed me that the hero and heroine had to meet within the first ten pages of a romance. If they didn’t, the book didn’t qualify. I really hate hard and fast rules like that, so I tossed off a first chapter where the hero and heroine deliberately didn’t meet (you can see it here). That was the genesis of Venus In Blue Jeans, the first book in my Konigsburg series for Samhain Publishing.

Medium Rare

Rose Ramos was a reference librarian, until she inherited her grandmother’s house—and the family talent for connecting with the other side…

Moving into the lovely Victorian in San Antonio’s King William District is a dream come true for Rose—and also a nightmare. That’s the only explanation she has for the man hovering above her bed. But Skag is a ghost who’s been part of Rose’s family for generations. And now he’s all hers.

When Evan Delwin, a reporter out to debunk the city’s newest celebrity, posts an ad looking for a research assistant to investigate a famous medium making his home in San Antonio, Skag suggests that Rose apply for the job. Delving into the dark side has its own dangers for Rose—including trying to resist Delwin’s manly charms. But as the investigation draws them closer together, the deadly currents surrounding the medium threaten to destroy them all…

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Genre – Paranormal

Rating – R

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