Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Interview and Kindle Fire Giveaway Then Came Love by Mona Ingram
Thanks, Wenona. Glad to be here.
Please share a little about yourself and your genres.
I’m an incurable romantic who retired early to write full time. I’ve always wanted to write. I used to make my friends laugh by pretending to worry about what I was going to wear on the Johnny Carson show – that’s how long I’d planned to do this! I’ve now been writing for thirteen years.
I write contemporary romance, and most of my books are set in Canada. We have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world right here in British Columbia, and romance novels seem to fit right in.
I haven’t strayed from the contemporary romance genre, but I do have a pile of research that I’ve been collecting for years, along with a historic romance. That would be a long project however, and right now I’m dancing as fast as I can to keep up with current commitments.
Tell us a little about Then Came Love.
I’ve heard from a lot of readers who say that this story touched them. Amanda is a young woman in a loveless marriage. She meets Jackson, an undercover RCMP officer, and the attraction is immediate and powerful, but she’s afraid of her husband.
We identify with Amanda, and respect her when she honors her marriage vows. Jackson also wins our hearts when he professes his love for Amanda. His edgy good looks don’t hurt, either.
As usual, this story has a few surprises on the way to... you guessed it... a happy ending.
Are you a mom (or parent?)
I married late in life and my husband, who is one of eight himself, had six grown children. They all feel like mine, and have brought much joy, along with all of their own children and grandchildren. There are a lot of stories there, but my lips are sealed.
Have you ever based a book or character on actual events, or people from your own life?
Friends and family have confessed to reading between the lines in my books to see if they can spot themselves, but I can honestly say no. The only time I allow myself to think about actual people is when I need a ‘nasty’ person. I am, however, a keen observer of people. I’m always jotting down interesting phrases, or taking notes on certain facial expressions, or hand movements. If someone has an unusual name, I ask them how to spell it. I get lots of odd looks, let me tell you.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m intensely private, and don’t want to become famous, or rich. I love the idea that people are reading my stories, though, and to continue my career I have to ‘put myself out there’ to a certain extent. It’s worth it to be able to continue writing.
When you’re not writing, what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
I read a lot, but then you probably already knew that without asking. All writers read a lot. I love bird watching, and anything to do with nature. It’s amazing how much you can see when you open your eyes. Okay, that sounded corny and self-important. What I mean is that I’ve been bird-watching in the same areas for about twenty years now, and as time passes, things like climate change and what we’re doing to speed it up are right there, before my eyes. Don’t get me started.
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
Sorry, it’s not a romance, but I wish I had written To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
That one’s easy. I wrote a novella (20,000 words) called Fixing Freddie, and I swear, I fell in love with Freddie. I’m smiling now, just thinking about him. Freddie is my kind of guy.
What’s next for you? Do you have any new releases scheduled, or works in progress?
I’m in the planning stages for a trilogy set in – you guessed it – British Columbia. Three women who know each other, with interwoven, but stand-alone stories. I already like it, and I haven’t even named the characters yet!
What book are you reading now?
In My Sister’s Shoes by Sinéad Moriarty. She’s very talented and the characters leap off the page.
What’s in your ‘to read’ pile?
I’m going to take a break from romance and read Russell Blake’s Assassin series. He really brings it!
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Then Came Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Number of pages: 103
Word Count: 31,200
Purchase Links: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080SDHWC
Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Amanda Reimer grabs the opportunity to go on a short holiday by herself. An undercover cop, Jackson Galloway is a member of the RCMP Green Team, and he’s in the interior of British Columbia to find a marijuana grow-op. Jackson gives Amanda a lift to Loon Lake Resort and is intrigued by the gentle woman. The chemistry between the two is immediate and powerful, but Amanda is determined to stick to her marriage vows...besides, she’s afraid of her husband. Jackson is just as determined...to see Amanda again when the drug bust is over.
But will the growing love between Amanda and Jackson survive the pressures of finding the grow-op?
Join Amanda and Jackson in a journey of discovery, where the ultimate destination is love.
About the Author:
Mona Ingram was born in Ontario, Canada. Her family moved to British Columbia when she was twelve, and she can't imagine living anywhere else. In recent years she has lived in the Okanagan Valley and on Vancouver Island. In addition to reading and writing, traveling and bird watching are among Mona’s favorite pastimes.
Mona writes contemporary romance novels and takes great delight in creating unexpected twists and turns in her story lines. She frequently sets her books in areas which are familiar to her, immersing the reader in the setting. One reader recently commented that “after reading Fixing Freddie, I felt as though I’d been on a trip to Vancouver.”