Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Author Megan DiMaria - SEARCHING FOR SPICE

We're welcoming Megan DiMaria back to the blog today.

Welcome, Megan. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I write contemporary fiction because I connect so well with that genre. My characters are known to be very flawed people who are simply trying to follow the Lord and do the right thing.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?

Oh, what a difficult question! I’ve been blessed to have many happy days. Any day I can enjoy the love of family and companionship of friends is a wonderful day—and thank God, that’s often.

How has being published changed your life?

The biggest change is that I’m much busier. I still work a part-time day job and juggle work, writing and family. Whew.

What are you reading right now?

I just cracked open Every Good & Perfect Gift by Sharon Souza, and I was immediately captivated. I can’t wait to finish this novel.

What is your current work in progress?

Right now I’m working on edits for Out of Her Hands which will be released in October by Tyndale. I’ve got about 1,000 words written on book # 3 which has yet to be titled.

What would be your dream vacation?

I’ve been dreaming aboiut going to Ireland and Italy, to honor my heritage and my husband’s. Hopefully that will happen before too much time passes.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

My first two books are set in Pine Grove, Colorado, which is the original name of my town. Not surprisingly, it has a lot of similarities to my area. This makes the setting easy to write because I’m living in it.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

I know this sounds sappy, but my answer is family and friends. This life is but a season, and time spent in the company of loved ones is the best.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

In good weather, I love to be outdoors. I like gardening, walking and hanging out on my patio.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

My most difficult obstacle is staying on task. On some days even cleaning the yard of dog poo seems more interesting than writing.

I know what your mean. What advice would you give to a beginning author?

My advice to a beginning author is write regularly, read regularly, join a writers group or two, hang out with writers, have your work critiqued and attend conferences if you can. I confess, many times in my writing journey I was tempted to throw in the towel. But the moral of the story is, don’t give up. Hold on to your dreams. Press on. Trust God. Someone once told me writers don’t fail, they quit. And I decided to believe it.

Tell us about the featured book.

Searching for Spice is the story of Linda and Jerry Revere. Linda longs to experience a sizzling affair, with Jerry, her husband of nearly 25 years. Of course you know how life is—nothing goes according to plan. I’ve been thrilled with the great reviews I’ve been getting. So many women identify with the goal of creating a more romantic marriage. It was a blast to write and I’m happy that people are enjoying reading it as well.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you very much for letting me stop by and visit, Lena. Please feel free to check out www.megandimaria.com and chat with me via my blog at http://megandimaria.blogspot.com

Megan, thank you for spending this time with us.

Readers, you'll want to get a hold of this book. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.


Doreen said...

This sounds like an interesting read! :)

windycindy said...

Greetings! My marriage could use this book. We have been married almost 22 years. Seems we always let everything else in our lives come before us! I am ready to change that. Thanks for a marvelous interview and a wonderful book.....Thanks,Cindi

Grateful Gramma said...

Sounds like a fun book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!


Brittanie said...

Enter me please. :)
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Kathy at Sumballo said...

I'd like to read this book. Great interview. Thanks!
sumballo [at] gmail [dot]com

Megan DiMaria said...

Hi Lena,

Thanks for letting me visit your blog.

Ladies, thanks for the kind words. I hope you enjoy reading Searching for Spice.

A prisoner of hope,

Tina said...

Great interview. Thanks for giving us a picture of Megan's writing world.

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

I already have Megan's book :o), so don't put me in the running, but I wanted to pop in and say I enjoyed the interview! SO good to see you here, Megan!

Abi said...

Now this sounds like my kind of book. I thought that just by the title before reading the review. I'd love to win this one.

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Lena,
Searching for Spice sounds great. I would love to win a copy.
carrie at turansky.com

Eileen said...

Omygoodness, I'm late getting here! Great interview Megan and Lena. SO excited for you, Megan. What a journey!

Ruth Dell said...


I love the premise of Searching for Spice!

Please enter me in the drawing.

Best wishes

Ruth Dell

Cherie J said...

Sounds like a great story! I enjoyed the interview!

luv2read said...

I hop I win this book. It might be good for my marriage.

Carolynn W. said...

It sounds like such a fun read, please enter me, thanks!

Norma said...

Sounds interesting - please enter me!

Anonymous said...

looks like a good story to read... please enter me in the contest.

stampedwithgrace said...

sounds like a fun book to read!
I like the title :)
please enter me, thanks!

Bebemiqui said...

Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tara said...

yes please!
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Karin said...

Please enter me--thank you.

ChristyJan said...

Wonderful interview. Searching for Spice sounds like a great read ~ I'd love to be entered to win a copy.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great and would love to be entered in the drawing.

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