It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you all to my friend, author Meggie Tolkland. Her newest book, The Mayhem: Roan’s Story, was released in June, and if you love a steamy, supernatural romance then Meggie has just the ticket for you!
Meggie is truly an Indiana writer! She grew up in Evansville, which she coins "the home of crazy-good barbecue." She is signed with Asteria Books, based out of Indianapolis. Her books reflect her love of Indiana – and Chicagoland – where she now lives. Meggie and her family share their home with an American Eclectic Feline (alley cat) who looks like the Cheshire Cat but is eerily friendly.
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Jen: Meggie, you write some steamy stuff, girl! How did urban fantasy find you as a writer?
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Jen: Do you know that due to my responsibility to think for my husband, children and dogs, I have no memory power left in my brain for myself? That’s why I love reads that allow me to escape too!
You keep the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation close to your heart. Tell us why that cause is important to you.
Jen: I remember those early days of the AIDS epidemic crossing newswires and jarring fear in people across the globe. As a family, we sat down together last year and made the choice to financially support a little girl overseas who has lost family members to the disease. Instilling compassion for others in my children, and awareness they can make a difference in another’s life, is important to me.
I love the fact that we both fell in love with reading as young gals. The two books that left imprints on me were, Are you my Mother? and Where the Wild Things Are. Tell us about the book that shaped you from your childhood and why it made an impact.
Jen: Gosh, I love that book too! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…
You and I are locked inside Bazbeaux’s Pizza in Broad Ripple, Indiana overnight. I am going to make you my favorite pizza, followed by eating their delicious Greek salad. Why would I lead our meal with salad, and waste stomach space for less pizza, right? I am going to make you the PIZZA ALLA QUATTRO FORMAGGIO (Romano, cheddar, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, bacon and mushroom). What kind of pizza would you create for me to try?!
Oh my holy yumminess!
Jen: I kind of think you just cheated and didn’t make me dinner! What’s up with that girl? Ha!
I noticed that in the credits for, The Mayhem: Roan’s Story; you thank Kate Collins for teaching you to write. Tell us about Kate and your feelings about how she has helped you.
Jen: That is definitely a truth I have discovered as well. I have found the majority of authors I connect with to be supportive cheerleaders who want nothing but the best of success for other authors.
I am all about digressions in life, so here goes a fabulous one. Think of it more like playing the game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Your “groomzilla” in the novel is named Roan Wynne. Roan Wynne instantly brings gaming and resort tycoon, Steve Wynn to my mind. My husband, Mike, and I have stayed at The Wynn in Las Vegas a few times, and they tempt you with THE BEST chocolate covered cherries in the minibar. Vegas is our kind of town when we want to get away; just the two of us. Where is your ideal weekend away with no Happy Meals available on the menu?
Thanks again to Meggie for stopping by! You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook. You can also stop by her website and visit her here.