MBA&M IS PROUD TO PRESENT…..
~REBECCA ROGERS MAHER~
MBA&M: Welcome to MBA&M! Please tell our readers a little about yourself?
RRM: Hi — thanks so much for having me! I write contemporary romance novels with bold, flawed heroines and strong, sensitive heroes. I like raw stories with a lot of grit and realism and I tend to prefer writing novellas so I can keep the stories tight and fast-paced. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my husband and our two sweet boys, and when I’m not writing, I read like crazy and ride my bike around the city.
MBA&M: What was your inspiration for writing “Hurricane Lily”?
RRM: Hurricane Lily started with this character in my head that stockpiled emergency supplies and was afraid to leave her house. It came to me right after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the U.S., and I was thinking about this new reality where weather events like Sandy could become more commonplace. I wanted to tell a story about two very real people facing this reality – one with anxiety and one with anger – and to see what would happen when they clashed against each other.
MBA&M: Who is your greatest inspiration in your writing career?
RRM: At this point in my career, I’d say I’m most inspired by Louis CK, the writer/comedian/director. He does exactly what he wants to do artistically, and what he does is both completely weird and totally original. He’s adamant about his own vision, and I think the best stories come from that place. They might not be perfect, but they are raw and beautifully unique. That’s what I’m aiming for in my writing – something new, independently produced, with a strong voice.
MBA&M: What do you hope readers will gain by reading “Hurricane Lily”?
RRM: I hope they’re entertained and inspired by the love story and I hope they leave the book thinking. I raise a lot of questions in Hurricane Lily, and I hope readers will engage with that and have fun with it.
MBA&M: How much research was involved in writing “Hurricane Lily”?
RRM: I watched a lot of Doomsday Preppers, which was wonderful! I also did some reading about disaster preparedness and talked to a lot of people who’ve worked with anxiety issues. Most of the research I do is toward making sure I really know my characters and depict them accurately. I love doing that kind of research, because even beyond the needs of the book, it helps me understand people better.
MBA&M: Which character do you feel the biggest connection to and why?
RRM: I feel equally connected to Lily and Cliff, actually, which is why I wrote from both of their points of view. Their feelings and worldviews make sense to me, and yet I see how their perspectives have limited their ability to love and be loved. I feel a lot of compassion for them, and also a strong desire to see them overcome their struggles and find happiness and love in their lives.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they may purchase “Hurricane Lily”?
RRM: Come on by my website! You can find links to all my books there, as well as my blog. I also spend a lot of time chatting with friends and readers on Facebook, so please join me there. I’d love to hear from you all!
Thanks so much again for having me here today!
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