Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart

Welcome to Author Mariah Stewart.


Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and enjoys country life. She is currently working on the next book in her bestselling Chesapeake Diaries series.

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If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Mom. Aren’t all moms superheroes?

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Yogurt and homemade granola (my husband makes the best!).

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird. Definitely.

One food you would never eat?
Anything that can move on its own.

Pet Peeves?
Not so many, but one thing that drives me mad: drivers who all but blow you off the road to get in front of you, then slow down to ten mph below the speed limit!

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Right now, I’m working on Home for the Summer, book 5 in the Chesapeake Diaries (summer 2012), and a possible short story (e-book only) that will bridge between books 4 and 5 in the series. I’d love for this series to go on for a while longer – can see books 6, 7, and 8 already!

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I’ve always loved good stories and found I love making up my own.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
There have been so many! The first time I actually held my first book in my hands. The first time I saw my book in a book store. The first letter I received from a reader who told me she LOVED my book! The first time I made a bestseller list…I could go on and on. Every step of the way has been so rewarding!

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
As long as I didn’t have to stay there forever – I’d like to spend just a little bit of time in the world that George R.R. Martin created for his Song of Fire & Ice series…just long enough to ride a dragon, then come home to tell my husband and kids about it!

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Anne of Green Gables.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read. Write. Read and write. Every day.

What is your favorite Quote?
I have several – all regarding writing:
Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad, and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers, and they do pretty much the same thing.
~ Anonymous ~

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
~ Elmore Leonard ~

Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting.
~ Pete Hamill ~

I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
~ Steve Martin ~

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A teacher – a writer – a mom. Lucky lucky me has gotten to do all three!

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Too many to count – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, James Lee Burke…

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
There’s a tiny bit of me in every one of my characters!

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
Haven’t had it yet.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Do whatever you have to do to get the job done to the best of your ability.

Hidden talent?
Alas, no…

How do you react to a bad review?
You mean, after I finish crying? (kidding). I really do try to be objective about reviews. I know that everyone’s taste in fiction is very personal – you might love a book that I couldn’t finish and visa versa. My favorite book might have been your wall banger. It’s hard sometimes, but I really do try to respect the opinion of the reviewer.

What do you do in your free time?
Not familiar with the concept of “free time”.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Mostly goes something like this:
Up early – let dogs out. Coffee, breakfast, watch some Morning Joe with husband. Let dogs in.
In office, at computer. Read and answer email. Let dogs out.
Work on current book. Let dogs in.
Break for lunch. Let dogs out. Answer a few more emails. Let dogs in.
Break for dinner. Let dogs out.
Watch some TV with husband. Let dogs in.

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Hometown Girl

Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis, and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she’s determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She’s equally determined never to fall in love again.
For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he’s spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he’s moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice, and he’s ready to find the right girl, get married, and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke’s resolve to go her way alone—despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Hometown Girl
Open to US & Canada
Ends 11/4/11