Family Size by Maria Hoagland – Blog Tour Interview

Welcome to Author Maria Hoagland

Maria Hoagland graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English where she married her especially-devoted home teacher. She and her husband have three children and have lived in Texas, Missouri, Utah, and Idaho. Maria enjoys watching anything her children are involved in, going to book clubs and lunch groups, long-distance running, walking barefoot in the green grass, and eating raspberries from her backyard.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
I’m excited about my next project, as I’m sure all authors are. I’m planning on playing with POV a little more, and of course, throw in another medical issue or two; but since I’m still in the researching/ outlining stage, I don’t want to say specifically what I’ve got in mind, because I don’t know if it’s going to work yet.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
In second grade, I read The Wizard of Oz six times in about as many months. As a preteen, my favorite book was Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
I would have to say there are little bits of me in all three of the main characters of Family Size, but in saying that, I hope that all of my readers will be able to relate to each of the characters at some point, and feel like I could be writing about their life.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? 
I’m looking forward to the movie The Host as well as buying Les Miserables on BluRay.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? 
Chocolate. Or sleep. No, probably Facebook 🙂

What’s your favorite season/weather? 
Summer. Definitely. I need sunshine and green grass.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? 
Well now, why would I admit it if it’s going to embarrass me?

How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book? 
While I’m writing, or usually while I’m editing the previous one, ideas come and I take notes. The one idea that sticks around longest and has the most possibilities when I finish the previous book is the winner.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music? 
I have to have silence or I can’t hear the voices in my head.

How many books are in your TRB pile? 
I have a TON of books on my Kindle that I’m waiting to read, but I get my favorite books as suggestions from friends. I’ve got a list going…now if I could find the time to read them all….

What one item would you eat for the rest of your life? 
Chili’s Southwestern Eggrolls

What is your view on self publishing? 
My favorite song to get me in the writing mood is “Defying Gravity” from the Wicked soundtrack. Some days it’s exactly how I feel about self publishing. In many ways I wish I didn’t have to self publish, but there are many things I don’t want to have to give up to pursue traditional publishing in the LDS market. I wish I had some way to meld the two together and I’ll keep working on it. Someday I’d love to have my book in an LDS bookstore.

How do you overcome writer’s block?
If I’m having trouble with a particular scene, I move on to another. So far, knock on wood, I haven’t been completely at a loss because I write what interests me.

Do your characters really talk to you? 
Okay, no, they don’t. But don’t tell the other authors that because I don’t want to be the only one.

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process? 
I love that just when I get sick of a particular part of the writing process, it’s time to move to the next: Tired of writing? Start editing. Tired of editing? Time for cover design.

This or That
TV or Movies? Movies
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl
Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
Regular or Diet? diet
Coke or Pepsi? coke!
Horror or Romance? romance
Action or Drama? drama
Pizza or Pasta? pizza
Summer or Winter? summer
Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter
Beach or Pool? Beach
Cats or Dog? cat
Cause or Effect? cause–it’s more fun
Heads or Tails? tails
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook. I can’t figure out Twitter, which is not good for a writer.
Text or Talk? text
Introvert or Extrovert? previous answer should tell you 🙂

Family Size

Jessica loves being the mom of an ever-expanding family, but when an ultrasound throws her a curve, can she adapt with grace?

Dragged away from home, Maya feels deserted by her workaholic husband in a land of confusing accents and church cliques. What will it take to acclimate and save her marriage—or does she even want to?

Sloane is an algebra teacher and runner who would give up both to be a mom, but no matter what she does, pregnancy remains elusive. Can she adjust her thinking and find purpose in her life?

As their lives intertwine, can friendship and faith help these women hurdle expectations of an ideal family size?

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