Maureen Mayer was born, raised and currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her loving and supportive family and boyfriend of 9+ years. She’s always had a love for the outdoors, and when the city isn’t buried under snow, she can be found hiking, fishing, camping or lying on the beach. She’s a sucker for off-color humor, but holds a sweet spot for sick and twisted horror films. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in bed with her kindle, diving into a steamy romance novel and falling in love with the latest book boyfriend.
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Q&A With Maureen
1. What was you fav book from your childhood?
It’s hard to pick just one because I read so much when I was younger, but If I had to choose, it’d have to be The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I read this book in 6th grade, after already having seen and loved the movie, but I enjoyed the book so much more. There are just some feelings and emotions that aren’t portrayed as well on screen, but I was immediately immersed into this book and instantly fell in love with the characters. That’s one thing that even now I look for in books. If I feel a connection with the characters and the story can evoke some emotion within me, then the author is doing their job.
2. Who inspires you?
For me it’s not a “who”, but a “what” that inspires me. Life inspires me. Every day that I’m alive, I’m inspired by the world around me. Whether it’s a personal experience, a book I read, a picture I saw, a person who crossed my path, or a conversation I overheard…everything around me inspires me. I try to write my stories based on real life situations, and what better inspiration is there than the natural occurrences that happen around you?
3. If you could bring to life any one character who would it be and why?
Harry Potter! I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to run around casting spells with their own personal wizard friend? I know I would!
4. If you could be a man for the day what would you do? Crazy silly answers are welcome ;)
Oh boy! *giggles* I’m sure any woman would want to know what it feel like to have an extra…ahem…appendage. No lie, I would want to test out peeing while standing up. Definitely jerk off a few times. Maybe bang a chick or two…or three. You said only one day, I’ve got to make the most of it!
5.If you could live in a book which book would it be?
Again, definitely Harry Potter! The books portrayed a world like no other, and if I could go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and be friends with all of the characters in the books, I would be in heaven. I’m still patiently waiting for an owl to arrive with my letter!
6. Celebrity crush?
Paul Rudd. The guy is 45 and still so damn sexy! Plus his sense of humor makes him even more attractive. If a guy doesn’t have a good sense of humor, then he doesn’t stand a chance of registering on my radar.
7.What are you currently reading?
I actually just finished Here With Me (The Archer Brothers #1) by Heidi McLaughlin, and holy hell, what a cliffhanger! The book was fantastic and now I’m dying to get my hands on the next one.
8. One thing most people don't know about you?
I’m actually really shy, to the point that I have social anxiety when I’m in unfamiliar places. I attended my first signing as an author this year in Tampa (it was also my first time flying), and to say I was nervous is an understatement. Knowing people were coming there to see me was so surreal, and I wasn’t sure how to handle that. I’m just a regular person like anyone else, and I’ve always hated being the center of attention, but once the signing was under way and they started letting the fans in, I found myself coming out of my shell more. Now that I’ve experienced that, I can’t wait to attend more signings. It was so much fun!
9. Are any characters in your books similar to you as a person? personality, traits so on?
I think the one character I can relate to the most is Liberty from my Second Chances Series. I’m only twenty-seven (I was twenty-five when I started writing her story), and while she was growing as a young woman and trying to find her place in the world, I was as well. I found writing to be very therapeutic, and I think in a way I was pouring a bit of myself into her character. A lot of authors will suggest that you write what you know, and I think that definitely proved to be true while developing Liberty’s character. Not to mention we’ve both grown as the series progressed. I like to think of her as my fictional BFF.
10. Fav book of all time?
Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. Ugh, I’m STILL not over it. That book was one of the worst ugly cries I’ve ever had, and my heart breaks just thinking about it. That’s one story that will stick with me for a long time to come. #TeamChase4Life
11. Fav tv show and/Or movie?
Hmm favorite TV show is without a doubt Friends. Favorite movie…that’s a tough one. I’d have to go with either Anchorman or Stepbrothers. I’m a sucker for anything with Will Ferrell in it, and I love to laugh, so his movies always come to mind first.
12. If you could be any paranormal being for a day which would you choose to be and why?
In all seriousness, I would love to be a ghost. Ha, I’d be the asshole playing tricks on everyone, especially those who treated me poorly while I was still alive. That’s karma for ya!
13.Which book would have loved to have written?
That’s a toss up between Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan and Bright Side by Kim Holden. Both such talented authors and amazing books in their own way. They wrote some of the most unique characters I’ve ever read, Mia’s hero Archer and Kim’s heroine Kate, and I couldn’t help but wish that I had come up with them myself! Sometimes it’s not just the quality of the author’s writing that draws you in, but the creativity behind the story and characters, and these two authors nailed it.
Books by Maureen Mayer
Relinquishing Liberty (Second Chances #1):
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Unforeseen Heartbeat (Second Chances #2):
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Bittersweet Catastrophe (Second Chances #2.5)
Her Greatest Mistake