Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease M. Homer
Your Name or Pen Name you use: M. Homer
Title of the book you are promoting: Dare to Breathe
Genre: New Adult romance
Welcome MH…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
MH: Hmm, tough question! Well at first I wanted to be a vet, but as I grew up I discovered how smart you had to be. Then I wanted to be an FBI agent, until I realized that first off, you had to be American and secondly, again you had to be smart!! Finally as a teenager, I decided I wanted to change the world, so I became an early childhood teacher. 🙂
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
MH: Actually, buying a Kindle opened my eyes to the possibility. I have always wanted to write but had no idea where to start. Seeing self published, amazing authors coming through via Amazon, inspired me to give it a go, so I did!
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
MH: I hunted and hunted to find a publisher after I self published my first book. I decided that I needed some expert support to set myself up properly. I’d say about 9/10’s of the challenge is knowing how to market your book. Finding Eternal Press and getting the support from them and the experienced authors in the group has been a huge support for me.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
MH: Err, I’d possibly invite Channing Tatum and not discuss his wife (lol).
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?
MH: I think the shock factor always seems to get people talking and that is what Hollywood and the media use to drive sales. Of course, the more we see the shocking events, the more immune we become to them so the ‘more’ shocking the events become. I come from well grounded family. We are open to new ideas and situations but always have robust conversations about what is fair and just. I want my children to grow up aware of the world around them and be active contributors to it but with the intention of making a positive impact on their world. That is my ultimate dream for them.
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
MH: Myself. I found this amazing quote and I think it is so valid. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi
Image what place the world would be if we all thought that way instead of trying to change others J
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
MH: Actually when I scour shelves for books via Amazon, I do look at the covers. For example the book Wallbanger, by Alice Clayton. I saw that book on the bestsellers list forever BUT I hated the cover. Finally, after seeing review after review, I bought it and loved it. So, I guess it is still important, not everything, but still an important part of the marketing.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
MH: Yes I have. I spent many a New Year making a promise (to myself) to get published. Twenty years later, here I am! I did write some articles for parenting magazines when I had my children which gave me a taste for success. I was pretty pleased when those were published but writing a novel has always been my dream.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
MH: Truthfully? The romance. If it feels genuine, and you can see the emotions driving the story, then I fall into it. I am pretty easy to please, really J
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
MH: I come up with a concept but it seems to me the story evolves as the characters take on personalities of their own. I wish I could see the bigger picture before I start but truthfully I start with just the bare bones and the story just seems to grow and grow.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
MH: Yup, I have written a romantic comedy which I am tweaking. It is about an American/ Italian family who plan a yearlong wedding in Bologna Italy. It has me laughing out loud but I have to make sure I can transfer that so that others get it too 🙂
LH: I have written and published 6 books… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
MH: I have written 3, working on the 4th with my cousin and have published 2! It’s been a busy year at the Homer household.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
MH: Firstly fun but if I could make money, I’d be a happy camper too. What I love most right now however, is hearing feedback on what I have written. Even the tough critique gets me thinking on how I could do it better.
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
MH: I had the exact same problem as you! My first book, Treading Water, is very loosely based on me. The story that develops has nothing to do with my family at all, but I originated the initial concept from experience. I know that my family have found that tough and take it personally. I am glad I wrote the story as it broke my fear of completing a novel but it did cause some uncomfortable moments…
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
MH: Yes I have. I have written a thousand starts to books and stopped. I guess this is because unlike you, I start with a concept that I develop, whereas you (lucky you) have the whole story mapped out from the start. I get over it by a) throwing away the story or b) sucking it up and working out how I can move forward. My cousin is a great help when I get stuck!!
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
MH: Yes, give it a go! It does take some guts to ‘put yourself out there’ but until you do, you’ll have no idea if you can do it. Oh and expect the rejection letters, they WILL happen but keep trying to learn from them and keep giving it a go.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
MH: I totally agree with you. I love my life, even the crappy moments have helped me to grow into the person I am now. I feel truly blessed with all I have and all I am. I know I still want to grow and develop but I love living and learning. I would change nothing!
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
MH: I’d go back and tell my Granddad who died a few years ago that he is the one person in my life who I will always remember, love and talk about. He was my inspiration and I miss him every day.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
MH: I would completely flip out too and the first person I’d call would be my husband J Then my cousin Amanda, who loves reading my work.
Thank you for that intimate and informative interview MH…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Jacob’s Creek bubbly wine.
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Totally the bubble bath!
Favorite Color? Blue
Take out or Dine in? Take out
Camping or Hotel? Hotel
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate (preferably in the bath tub!)
Dogs or Cats? Both! I have two cats and a dog and love them all to bits.
Favorite Food? Pasta (I am half Italian, after all!)
Favorite Song? Err…I love many but one that sticks in my head is Beautiful Day by U2 as that was when my son was born.
Favorite Movie? Another tough one… I really enjoyed; She’s the man, Dirty Dancing, Avatar, Lord of the Rings. Anything besides horrors really.
Favorite Car? Not really into cars but if I had lots of money and could choose one, would be down the Audi car lot!
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Chocolate, sex and bath tub? 😉
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
MH: I’d go back on holiday to Mauritius (just been there a few months ago). I’d do nothing but eat and sit on the beach and I’d go with my totally awesome husband. Told you I was boring and easy to please 🙂
Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of M. Homer ‘s
Dare to Breathe