What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Wow. Writing? Lol Okay, I’d say putting yourself out there. Just because I love something (I am totally biased about my own work) doesn’t mean anyone else will. You sort of take a risk, a leap of faith, whatever you want to call it, and hope that at least someone else out there in the world likes it. For me, just one, maybe two, and I’m happy. But it’s still totally scary!
Can you give us a short synopsis of Capturing the Muse?
Since this is a collection of short stories, I’ll be general. Think of this as a fun inside look at writers and their muses. All writers talk about them, but what if they took on a more corporeal form? What if the voice inside your head suddenly became more real than you ever imagined? These writers lost their way, just like I did, but manage to get it back by taking some very interesting (and steamy) turns.
What inspired you to write this book?
Wow, okay, so a few things. Me. That’s number one. I WAS the writer that lost their muse. I couldn’t figure out how to put pen to paper anymore, couldn’t hear the voices, imagine the scenes, and tell the tales. I’d lost my way.
I met this amazingly talented writer (of sorts) at a conference I attended. We had shared a few super fun moments at the Con, like building a huge fort out of tables and tablecloths in the lobby of the hotel (yeah, writers, a few drinks and we get WILD!) Anyways, once the Con was over and done with, this new friend and I stayed in touch. When I’d told him I was I’d lost my way, he was determined to help me get back on track. As sort of a fun exercise, he gave me a writing prompt, write about a writer who’d lost their Muse, and found it at a Conference. And the first story was born.
How many hours per day do you spend on writing?
I used to spend hours. That trickled down to not writing at all. To writing a 60k collection of short stories in about a month, to working back up to a happy medium. I know that not every day is a good day, but I try to do at least an hour, or a few thousand words, whichever I can manage. I’m happy with anything. Words on a page are far better than no words.
Name your top five favourite books.
Impossible! How about favourite authors? I couldn’t probably do that. Maybe. Wow, I look at my shelves of books, I’ve got a few hundred, and I couldn’t possibly single any out.
Since my alter-ego, Avery Olive, writers Young Adult, I split my time, and read from both the Young Adult and Erotic sections of the bookstore, here are a few of my favourites this week, it changes with every book, I swear. You’re my favourite, no wait, now you’re my favourite… no wait, not you’re my favourite…
I’m a huge Susane Colasanti fan, she’s like a mix of Sarah Dessen and Nicholas Sparks… Whom are both writers I love to, and would make the list for sure.
Katie McGarry is awesome. She’s more New Adult. A great mix of older characters and more mature subject matters.
I have a soft spot for the slightly more macabre, so Mark Leslie is on the list, he writes some really awesome ghost story collections.
What are you working on now?
I hate talking about what I’m working on. I’m always afraid I’ll jinx it.
I’m working on a follow up collection to Capturing the Muse… This one was about writers, but I’m thinking, next, what about Musicians? Or Artists…
And I’ve always got a number of half-finished novels on the go, just waiting for me to be re-inspired and pick up where I left off! I’m terrible for starting, and not always getting to the finishing part.
Title: Capturing the Muse
Author: Madison Avery
Genre: New Adult Erotic Romance / Collection
In this mixed genre, erotica collection, Capturing the Muse, find out just how far these writers are willing to go to gain back their creativity, or keep it from shattering their perfect world.
Through tragedy, life lessons, mentorship, and even a hint of the paranormal, these writers will find one thing in common, steamy romance comes with consequences.
Luck Be a Penny:
A bestselling author is unable to finish her series, and figures out the kindness she shows to a stranger can unleash more than just the plot to her upcoming book.
Dances with Muses:
One writer discovers the prince charming she created might just be better than the real thing. But coping with her delusions of the perfect romance interfere with the reality of real life.
Filling in the Blanks:
When a Muse doesn’t know she’s lost, a connection with a writer yearning for inspiration, brings her story to life.
Bookstores and Dreams:
Believing a “how-to guide” is the key to her success, a burgeoning writer will have to trust a handsome bookstore owner when a devastating accident turns her life upside.
Beneath the Inhibitions:
A depressed author collides with a prolific editor during a literary conference. And a one-night-stand becomes a source for new material, and regaining her confidence.
Capturing the Muse, Volume 1 in the Courting the Muse Series, will leave you breathless, aroused and inspired.
Madison Avery doesn’t kiss and tell. Except when it comes to writing. She lives in Red Deer, Alberta, where she spends way too much time reading, writing and avoiding house work.
Capturing the Muse is her first foray into the world of erotica, but where she feels right at home.
You can find Madison, and her counterpart, Yong Adult Novelist, Avery Olive, on many social media sites like Facebook, Twitter (@AveryOlive), Tumblr, Goodreads and on her website, http://www.averyolive.blogspot.com, which is currently under construction
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