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Wednesday 7 June 2017

ℚ One Night in Minneapolis: City Nights [29] - Maggie Church

Today we have the pleasure of meeting up with author to talk about One Night in Minneapolis (26 April 2017, Tirgearr Publishing, 65 pages), a Contemporary Erotic Romance, book twenty-nine of City Nights series.

"Through the course of all their sheet gymnastics, the interaction at the reunion and the visit to Vince’s home, Skylar is faced with the possibility that maybe, just maybe, Vince is worth taking a chance on. I got the impression that a little seed of wonder and hope might have been planted. It’s how the author chose to wrap up One Night in Minneapolis that made reading this short story worth it. The ending left me feeling happy, optimistic and assured that a romance is born. Because of that, this is an easy recommend of One Night in Minneapolis to other erotic romance readers." ~ Long and Short Reviews

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A very warm welcome to Margie Church; thank you for joining us on BooksChatter!

What was the inspiration for One Night in Minneapolis?

"One Night in Minneapolis is part of Tirgearr Publishing's City Nights series. Each story takes place in one city anywhere in the world and the characters spend no more than 24 hours together. And there has to be a lot of steamy sex between them. I chose Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) as the setting because I live there and when I started writing the story, a class reunion loomed in my life. I cooked up a storyline from that!"
How much of yourself is reflected in this book, and how?
"The locations in the story are some of my favorite places in and around Minneapolis. If you come to visit, you must visit the Mall of America, where the book opens. It's very shoppable and fun. I think the heroine, Skylar, is similar to me in that she's got a lot of spunk. The hero, Vince, is definitely someone I'd like to date if I were in the dating scene."
Why should we read One Night in Minneapolis and what sets it apart from the rest? What makes your book unique?
"You should read this series if you enjoy clever, erotic romance. These novallas only take a few hours to finish and each is so unique. One Night in Minneapolis has a theme many of us can identify with. Many of us had high school crushes. I happened to marry mine, but there are others who got away. We also can identify with the anxieties high school reunions can bring. Some people never seem to mature and still make us crazy. Others who weren't part of the "in" crowd feel just as awkward and uncertain as when we were hanging out in the hallways. One Night in Minneapolis weaves together the opportunity to set a few things right. What's supposed to be a weekend of just-for-fun hot sex between Vince and Skylar potentially has greater impact on their lives. The story also has military undertones. There's plenty of story twists to keep you reading!"
Can you tell us something quirky about One Night in Minneapolis, its story and characters?
"Vince's point of view. Typically, romances are told in the heroine's POV but I really enjoy writing male characters and thought it would be fun – and it was. Skylar is a U.S. Marine Major in intelligence. She's not your stereotypical hard ass. She shows restraint in several instances but she is very three-dimensional."
Who would you recommend One Night in Minneapolis to and what should readers be aware of (any warnings or disclaimers)?
"You must enjoy erotic romance to really enjoy One Night in Minneapolis. The love scenes are very graphic – as erotica is. That includes graphic language and dialog. It includes anal sex. Lots of readers think that's disgusting. Frankly, my gay friends convinced me it's not, and in the whispers among my female friends, they agree it's pretty spectacular. So, please have an open mind. These are characters, not your neighbors. LOL"
If you could / wished to turn One Night in Minneapolis into a movie, who would be your dream team?
"That's always a tough question! The book would still need to be set in Minneapolis. I would choose Eric Martsolf from Days of Our Lives to play Vince. I've met Eric and watched him on Days for years. He's such a great guy – intelligent, a gentleman and funny. I would choose Jessica Chastain to play Skylar. In roles I've seen her play, she has the strength to play a demanding love scene and still be very much in control of herself as a woman and military officer. The other stuff? I really don't know. I don't pay much attention to directors and such."

What do you like to write and read about? Do you stick to a particular Contemporary Erotic Romance or do you like to explore different ones?
"I write what interests me. Two of my favorite books – Deep Enough to Bleed (about a young woman who's a cutter) and The Poet's Wife (a military-based romance about a grieving wife and her ethereal husband) are not erotic romance – and they’ve never sold well. Sex sells. I'm well known for my gay romances – I believe love is love. I've written several books with BDSM themes and those were fascinating to research and write. When people meet me, they are always surprised I'm not wearing either skin-tight black leather or a negligée. How silly is that? My favorite genre to read is historical romances – pirates and high seas romances are my thing. But I'd never have the courage to write one."
What is your writing process?
"m a plotter, not a pantser. I begin with a basic story premise. Then I research names that suit the characters I am imagining. The characters' names always have meaning when I choose them. They are never random in my books. I might also choose some photos so I can visualize them better and get to know them. I'll create a character sheet for each major character that includes their motivations and needs, their professions, relevant history, relationships, family, etc. I'll choose some basic elements of the story arc so that I know where the high points are going to be and make sure those get addressed. Lastly, I'll research the story setting so I understand what their world looks like, right down to the kind of house or apartment they live in."
What is in store next?
"I'm writing a roman a clef - collection of fictionalized biographical stories set in Germany. The majority of the stories take place in the years surrounding and during World War II. I'm not sure how this piece is going to turn out. It's very challenging to knit together and it's not a romance. Wish me luck! I've also thought Skylar and Vince might have a second story."
And as a final quirky thing, to get to know you a little bit better... do you have a pet or something that is special to you that you could share with us?
"I really enjoy riding an All-Terrain Vehicle – commonly called a 4-wheeler in America. My husband and I act like teenagers when we're driving our 4-wheelers through big puddles and muck on forest trails. This photos is me last October getting very muddy and loving every minute!"
That does indeed look like a lot of fun! :-D
"Contest one lucky person will win a $15 Amazon gift card for posting a comment or asking a question during my blog tour. Give me your impressions about One Night in Minneapolis – are you an erotic romance fan? Why or why not? Anything else you'd like to know? Please ask.

I'll be back later to chat!

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