Welcome to the Nice Girls Writing Naughty version of the A-Z Challenge! Today’s featured guest author is Gina Maxwell.
Get to know Gina Maxwell!
Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.
When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do.
Hot for the Fireman
When ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady’s chief at the Boston FD says he either takes mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. But letting a stranger inside his head is the absolute last thing in the world he wants…until his doctor turns out to be the sexy stranger he had the hottest night of his life with.
Now for the crazy interview portion of this interview!
1. Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
I’m an introverted extrovert. It’s a thing, I promise. I used to be a straight-up extrovert. I was all about being the center of attention and grew up performing, even majoring in musical theatre and dance in college. But the older I got, the more I sought out my solitude and started hanging back at the edges of the crowd. Nowadays, I’m pretty much a self-proclaimed hermit until I’m forced to venture out of the house for things like groceries or taxi-ing the kids around, which isn’t very conducive to my writer brain. Because while you’d think that staying home all the time would be great for writing, I’ve found that getting out and experiencing the world is when I get the most fresh ideas for characters and backstories and plots. Essentially, to write about life, one must experience it. I hope that sounded super profound. LOL
2. You like high-risk alpha heroes. What types of heroines draw you the most?
You know what’s weird? I didn’t even realize that I gravitate towards “high-risk” heroes until you just said that. Mind. Blown. LOL But you’re absolutely right, I definitely do.
As far as heroines go, I’m not as picky. I read and write romance for the heroes—they’re what make or break a story for me. As long as the heroine complements that particular hero, then I’m good with her. I suppose if I had to pick a type, I really enjoy a heroine who’s badass on the outside and a little vulnerable on the inside. Like my heroine Addison Paige in RUTHLESS. She calls herself a honey badger and she’s my favorite heroine I’ve ever written to date.
3. What’s the most common ‘theme’ found in your stories?
That everyone deserves love. It doesn’t matter what happened in your past, whether you feel you’re damaged goods, or what you fear might be coming in your future. If someone is brave enough to love you, then be brave enough to accept that gift and return it in kind because you are worthy of it.
4. What’s the weirdest thing about you that most readers don’t know?
Back in my high school and college days, I used to eat condiments. Plain. Mayo, mustard, ketchup, cream cheese, taco sauce, barbeque sauce—whatever was around or convenient to grab. I could make $5 a pop just by betting people that I could drink straight from the soy sauce bottle. My boyfriend (who’s now my husband) used to joke to his friends that I was a super cheap date because all he had to do was hit up a drive-thru and toss a couple ketchup packets at me. The truth is, I can still eat condiments straight. I just hide it better by using other foods to hide my gross quirk. But if you look carefully, I’m really just using the fries as a spoon. 😉
You can find Gina’s latest release here:
I hope you enjoyed today’s visit with the letter G… You can find out more about Gina Maxwell and her hot-as-sin Fireman at these places around the web: