I met Meghan at the 2013 ACFW conference in Indianapolis. We have met every year at the Indiana Chapter meetings of the ACFW. We have so much in common, like we LOVE snow and suspense books. Meghan is such a sweet lady, and I'm really glad to call her my friend. So of course, when she announced on Facebook that she signed a book with Love Inspired Suspense, I jumped for joy along with her. I couldn't wait to have her come on my blog and share her writing journey with everyone. Plus, I had to give away a copy of her book (that I bought). Anything to support my writer friends :).
Thank you for stopping by, Meghan. I'm really glad to have you here!!
About Meghan . . .
Where to connect with Meghan . . .
Goodreads: Meghan Carver
Facebook: Meghan CarverTwitter:@MeghanCCarver
1.) Tell us a little bit about yourself: How did you start writing? What has kept you writing?
I fell in love with writing in the sixth grade during an all-school essay-writing exercise. Perhaps, at first, I just loved the scratch of the pencil across the paper and the fact that the paper was stapled into a cute little Blue Book. (Who remembers those? J) But I also loved being able to express myself in a thoughtful way. Then, a few days later, a teacher handed it back to me with an encouraging comment written in red, and I was hooked.
2.) What draws you into contemporary romance stories?
Definitely the characters. I love to find characters with whom I can identify, and a quirk or two or unique circumstances also help my interest.
3.) My latest story can be described by these 5 adjectives . . .
I asked my 16yo this question, since she's one of my biggest supporters and always the first to read a new story, assuming she can wrestle it away from the 14yo. Her adjective choices are exciting, entertaining, amusing (in some spots), creative, encouraging.
4.) Where did the idea for this novel come from?
By education, I'm an attorney, so I like to have characters who are attorneys. A lot of lawyer jokes are funny because they're sadly true, but lawyers can be terrific, God-fearing and God-serving people, too. I wanted to write a lawyer character who had had difficulty in the past but was still focused on God's will. I ended up with two such characters! The particular type of practice was not difficult to nail down. I didn't want a divorce attorney or a bankruptcy attorney or a defense lawyer. I'm adopted, so I immediately thought of adoption law, and I loved the idea of an adoption lawyer adopting a child.
5.) What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?
God gives second chances. His mercies are new every morning!
6.) Is there any up-coming projects? What are they?
Of course there are upcoming projects! J Watch my blog or social media for announcements.
7.) What books are on your shelf or er-eader right now?
I decided this year to participate in a reading challenge, and I posted about it on my blog. [http://www.meghancarver.blogspot.com/2016/01/2016-reading-challenge-under-duress.html] I read about fifty books a year, although I'm always trying to add in more. (A pitiful amount compared to our host, Kelly! That girl can read!) Most books I decide as I go, but there are always Love Inspired books in the hopper. I also have queued up To Kill a Mockingbird, Jenny and the Cat Club (a children's classic recommended by my 10yo), and a bunch of novella collections.
Thank you so much for being my guest today, Meghan! I loved getting to know you better and can't wait to read Under Duress. Readers, if you haven't read any of any Love Inspired Suspense novels, you're missing out. They are GREAT books that will appeal to adults and young adults. I have LOVED every single one that I have read.
Okay, my reader friends, don't miss this opportunity to get your own copy of Under Duress. I am generously offering a copy of Under Duress to one person (limited to U.S. residents only). To enter: just leave a comment, and share this link on social media for more chances to win with my name in the comments, so I can count the shares and put your name more than once in the drawing. The contest runs until Thursday,February 11th at noon. I will pick a winner on Thursday, February 11th and announce it here on the blog Friday, February 12th along with my review of Meghan's book. :)