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5 Minutes with Maureen Fischer

In 5 Minutes on March 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

“5 Minutes with…” is a section of the blog that is a a set of questions that are pretty much the same give or take a few. That are meant for us to get to know our favorite authors a little bit more. Some are funny, some have nothing to do with their books; while others hopefully get to the “nitty-gritty” of what the author is thinking. Now let’s give her a Naughty Chick welcome.

What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)

My second book, Fur Ball Fever, is best described as, “Best in Show (with steamy sex) shakes paws with Twelve Sharp.” An impetuous pet spa owner loses her client’s prize poodle. Too bad the mutt is a hot favorite for the upcoming Fur Ball contest. Sparks fly when a former flame, the hunkiest PI north of the Mason-Dixon line, collides with the sassy crusader. Throw in an aging hippie aunt, a renegade poodle, a hit man, and a dominatrix or two for an explosion of murder and mayhem, culminating a Fur Ball extravaganza the locals will never forget.

The sequel, Krisis at Kinki’$, features a workaholic MBA and her client, a playboy-turned night club owner who is dipping his pampered toe into the murky waters of running a fetish-club-turned-casino. The pair soon discovers they’re wrestling with more than disgruntled drag queens and crooked dealers. When vandalism at the club escalates into sabotage and attempted murder, what else is there for a girl to do, but pitch in and help find a killer amidst the leather-and-lycra set?

What is your favorite snack?

Do you mean the snack I eat most, or the one I like most? Constantly aware of my weight, my snacks generally consist of almonds or fruit. If I followed my urges, though, I would head for French fries, pizza, and, of course chocolate. You get the picture.

I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?

My name is Maureen, and I’m a chocoholic.

Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?

I suspect they will, especially after the prices drop. I think younger readers will gravitate naturally to electronic readers. The older crowd (people like me) will probably stick to paperbacks, although there’s a lot of appeal to loading dozens of books onto a reader to take on vacation.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why?

I think I would like to be Grace Donnelley, the heroine of Fur Ball Fever, mainly because she’s lots of fun, with a quirky sense of humor and a heart of gold. Grace is spontaneous, competitive, and does not enjoy taking direction. The words, “You can’t do that” merely spur her on to prove she can, generally with disastrous consequences due to the fact that she never looks before she leaps.

Who or what influences you when you write?

I listen to yoga chants. Whenever I remember, before starting to write, I do some positive affirmations or meditate on tapping into the Infinite Spirit.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

For me, writer’s block generally means my subconscious is telling me something isn’t working. When this happens, I have to talk the problem through with someone. Anyone. My husband. My critique group. A friend. Sometimes, I just need to hear myself talk to discover the answer.

The other time I’m guaranteed to get writer’s block is at the beginning of every scene in the first draft. For that reason, I always work from a fairly detailed outline, so I’ve already done much of the thinking before I even start writing (purpose of scene, characters, location, protagonist’s GMC, etc.). Also, I never quit after I finish a scene. I go on to write the first couple of sentences of the next scene.

Something I haven’t tried yet, but intend to for a major re-write I’m doing, is to write through the block. That means putting down anything, uncensored, and as quickly as possible, while knowing that anything I write is a throwaway, but that it will point me in the direction I want to go.

Who is your perfect hero?  And why?

I love a charming hero with a quirky sense of humor and lots of other good stuff like loyalty, determination, courage, and persistence. Did I mention he has to be flat-out sexy? I guess that means I’m drawn primarily to beta males.

For me, the dark, brooding alpha males do little to make my heart pound harder. They have, in my opinion, way too many issues that, in real life, would lead to a co-dependent relationship, and take years of therapy to come to terms with.

What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?

I do research on a ‘need to know’ basis, and only as much as required to make the story plausible and avoid factual mistakes. For The Jaguar Legacy, I interviewed an archaeologist who could give me enough details to create a realistic dig. I read a few books from the library and gathered plenty of information from the Internet. Best of all, I visited south-west Mexico, Oaxaca and the nearby ruins twice, gathering realistic details about the location. On our second trip, our guide was an Olmec expert, and he provided little details that bring the race to life in my book.

In my next book, Fur Ball Fever, my heroine tracks the bad guy to a fetish club. What to do, what to do? I wasn’t sure I had the guts to sign up for a local fetish club, so I did the next best thing–I attended Sexapalooza. A topless young lady, who galloped through the hall, clad in bridle, bit, mask, boots, G-string, and not much else gave me the inspiration for Rodeo Night at Leather Heaven.

Who would you want to be tied/handcuffed to for 24hours?

Stephen King, and no, it’s not about the sex. I would pick his brain about writing until he’d be willing to gnaw off his own hand to escape my questions.

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

If I’m totally drained, my husband gives me a back rub and head massage. If I’m not too tired, I love to get together with friends to chat and laugh. A meal in a restaurant is nice too, because then, I don’t have to cook.

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

Frankly, I have no desire to go back in time. Life was uncomfortable, dangerous, and often painful.

Have you ever faked sick?

Yes, at work, but seldom, not recently, and only if there was nothing pressing to do. I detest being bored.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Nope. I believe in lust at first sight. That first overpowering rush of endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin, and other euphoria-inducing brain chemicals inevitably fades, typically within 6 – 12 months. Few people can maintain that level of intensity over the long haul. And for the lucky ones, what remains after the hormones burn off is love. Love requires friendship, trust, communication, respect, and a whole lot of work–as well as physical intimacy.

What is your perfect pizza?

Pineapple, hot banana peppers, green olives, and load ’er up with cheese.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Charley Underwood, the heroine of The Jaguar Legacy. Here’s an excerpt from Charley’s character grid:

Charley is a complex and independent woman with a passion for life and an offbeat sense of humor. She has a tendency to be bossy, obstinate and opinionated, and likes to be in control of a situation. She is totally dependable, and intensely loyal. She is courageous and resolute. If she believes in a cause, nothing will stop her from doing what she feels is right. She is extremely well-organized (some call her anal). When uncomfortable, she falls back on smart-assed comments, witticisms, and humor.

Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?

Is there any other way to go?

How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

Reader response is critical. It’s what sells books and brings readers back for more. I love hearing from readers. It makes me feel as if I touched her life through by writing.

If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?

I’d pick The Jaguar Legacy with Gerard Butler as my Scottish hunky hero.

Who is your favorite author?

I’m a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Diana Gabaldon. Also Stephen King.

What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

“Thoroughly researched, highly entertaining and well written… An intricately woven tale of mystery, romance and the supernatural. Maureen Fisher has redefined paranormal romance, breathing life into magnificent characters and scenarios that demand to be applauded. THE JAGUAR LEGACY creates images of what could be and what could’ve been in the mind’s eye. Thoroughly researched, highly entertaining and well written, this one is DEFINITELY a keeper!_ — Euro Reviews

“… Outstanding and Powerful! The Jaguar Legacy by Maureen Fisher had me hooked from the first word to the last. Fisher has woven ancient mysteries, past lives, and pure evil, into a story that left me begging for more. These characters were so well-developed, the storyline so well-written, the setting so perfectly described, that I felt I knew these people and followed them along their journey into darkness. I eagerly await Maureen Fisher‘s next release.” — Cheryl Malandrinos, Reviewer for The Book Connection

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are 2 things on it?

African safari, write a NYT Best Seller. The safari is doable, the other not exactly within my control.

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW?

Turquoise–that green-blue of the ocean on a sunny day.

Boxers or briefs?

Depends.

Red Pill or Blue Pill?

Blue.

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