Much of this business is spent in our writing caves–unless you’re a frequent best seller and then you write in the cozy confines of your beach house. So I love it when I get to meet other members of the writing tribe. Today I’d like to introduce you to author, Maria Geraci. She was kind enough to drop by and answer a few questions about her latest release That Thing You Do (coming Tuesday, April 28th). I had the opportunity to read this one ahead of time and if you’re fans of Kristan Higgins’ Blue Heron series, you’re going to LOVE Whispering Bay.
First, let’s meet Maria:
Maria Geraci was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised on Florida’s Space Coast. Her love of books started with the classic, Little Women (a book she read so often growing up, she could probably quote). She writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction with a happy ending. The Portland Book Review called her novel, The Boyfriend of the Month Club, “immensely sexy, immensely satisfying and humorous.” Her fourth novel, A Girl Like You, was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA ® award. Her current addictions include watching the STARZ adaption of OUTLANDER to drool over Sam Heughan, hitting the beach on the weekends, and searching for the perfect key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on Dexter).
Tracy: Where can readers find you?
Maria: They can find me on my website http://www.mariageraci.com or at Facebook (I’m addicted!) at https://www.facebook.com/MariaGeraciBooks
Or on Pinterest (another site I love) https://www.pinterest.com/mariageraci/
Of course, if you really want to find me, you can come down to north Florida and search the beaches. If it’s warm and sunny, I’ll be there!
Tracy: If someone wrote a book about you, what would the title be and why?
Maria: I’m totally going to rip this off from Mary Kay Andrews, who gave a great talk at the Washington Romance Writers Retreat this past weekend, but I’d say, LATE BLOOMER. Simply because I didn’t start writing until I hit 40 and then all those repressed stories just started coming out.
What are 5 things readers should know about you?
1. I hate mayonnaise (no really).
2. I’m a huge Survivor fan.
3. I cry every time I hear Over The Rainbow (best song ever!)
4. I must have some form of chocolate every day (yes, it’s an addiction).
5. Squirrels give me the creeps (you do know they’re just rats with cute tails, right?).
What is the significance to the title THAT THING YOU DO?
There’s a little bit of a sixties theme going on in the book, and I love the movie That Thing You Do, starring Tom Hanks, about a sixties band. Plus, there’s the play on words that I thought went well with the storyline.
Please share a few random facts about THAT THING YOU DO.
It’s set in the imaginary town of Whispering Bay, Florida, which I modeled after Port St. Joe, a small town in the Florida panhandle.
I actually downloaded the same ghost detector app on to my smart phone that Tom and Allie use in the book. It was great fun, and for a while there, I was obsessed with finding ghosts everywhere!
Ha! Ha! I wondered about that ap! I’m not sure I want to know if there are any ghosts in the room with me, though. 😉
Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?
That’s easy. Taylor Kinney in the role of Tom Donalan and Mandy Moore as Allie Grant. I have a Pinterest board with all my main characters. It’s so easy to envision them once I put a “face” to them.
If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?
Don’t hold grudges. Tom and Allie (my hero and heroine) both must overcome their past in order to build a future together. Easier said than done, sometimes!
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?
I have 2 more books in this series coming out this spring. THEN HE KISSED ME comes out May 19 and THAT MAN OF MINE on June 9. I’m currently working on a 4th novel in the series which will probably come out in winter of 2016.
Thanks for stopping by Women Unplugged today, Maria. Maria’s throwing a big party on Facebook on Tuesday, April 28th. Drop by and chat with us. There will be PRIZES! In the meantime, Maria is giving away a digital copy of THAT THING YOU DO. Just comment below by Friday, May 1. Here’s Maria’s question:
THAT THING YOU DO is a book about second chances. People seem to really love reunion stories. How about you? What do you like best them about them?
Allie Grant doesn’t believe in second chances. She does, however, believe in the power of a permanent paycheck. So when a tipster reports that the soon-to-be demolished senior center in her hometown is haunted, Allie hightails it to Whispering Bay to get the scoop that could secure her dream job at Florida! magazine. What she finds, though, is far scarier than any ghost. Cue her ex-boyfriend, sexy construction foreman Tom Donalan.
When Tom catches Allie poking around his construction site, he quickly realizes his former high school flame is just as feisty as ever. And, heaven help him, her irresistible, mile-high legs still take his breath away. But Tom isn’t about to delay the building’s demolition because of a silly ghost story.
With neither of the stubborn exes backing down from their opposing positions, sparks fly. And, underneath the surface, the fire of their old attraction burns as hot as ever. When strange things start happening with increasing frequency around town, even a tough skeptic like Tom is tested. The question is, can Allie and Tom stop fighting long enough to get to the bottom of Whispering Bay’s ghost problem—and the more important matter of mending their broken hearts?