Today it’s my pleasure to welcome debut Mills&Boon Modern author and F1 fanatic, Maya Blake, to CABR. 😀
She’s here to talk about her first book for M&B, “The Price of Success” (TPOS) which was released by Mills&Boon Modern on December 1, 2012.
On to the interview…
CABR: “The Price of Success” (TPOS) is your debut novel for M&B Modern right? Tell us how you came to write race car driver Sasha Fleming and her boss at Espiritu racing team, Marco de Cervantes? Are you a fan of stock car racing and/or F1?
MB: Yes, TPOS is my first M&B Modern – still can’t believe it! I don’t know a lot about other forms of racing, but I do know A LOT about F1! It started back in the late ’90s when I lived with two older brothers who are absolute F1 fanatics.
At first the soporific sound of the cars going round and round was a great aid to a Sunday afternoon nap, lol. Then I slowly began to take an interest. The more I watched, the more I loved it – it had glitz, glamour and hot men in tight race suits – what’s not to love? But then I also noticed that ALL of the drivers were male. That didn’t sit right with me, so last year I decided to write about a female race driver who conquers a male-dominated sport!
CABR: Knowing Sasha Fleming was an actual F1 driver and not the usual ‘chick on the sidelines’ was one of the things that peaked my interest in TPOS. 🙂
Can you give us a sneak peek at the cover for your next book – “The Sinful Art of Revenge“? I know it’s due out from Harlequin Presents in March 2013. That’ll be a cool birthday present to myself 🙂
MB: Unfortunately, I won’t have the cover for another couple of months but I can summarise the story for you. It’s a reunion story between staid French Baron and billionaire art gallery owner, Damion Fortier, and live-life-on-the-edge Reiko Kagawa, a half-Japanese art retriever he seduced and betrayed five years before the story starts.
Damion needs Reiko to find three missing paintings of his late grandmother before his grandfather passes away. They have serious issues to work through because once Damion realises how much he hurt her, he tries to make amends but Reiko can’t accept him back because she afraid of being hurt again. She also has newer, more heart-breaking issues of her own which she feels she can’t get over. Are you intrigued yet?
MB: Although I’ve been published with other houses before I received the famous Call from Harlequin, the ambition to write for Mills and Boon Modern was what burned brightest.
My journey involved a lot of hits and misses, starting in early 2006 when I sent off my first partial. I received a few rejections along the way until they transformed from form rejections to rejections with notes and then requests for full manuscripts. My second try with a full revised manuscript was with “The Price of Success“, which luckily sold in April of this year.
CABR: A lesson in never giving up on your dream. 😀 How has your life changed since then?
MB: I’ve met some lovely and supportive people who have given me great advice about the publishing industry, which is basically – don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s also truly mind-boggling to know people are reading my book and liking it. I’ve had some awesome reviews this past week that’s humbling but incredibly thrilling. Other than that, I’m having to manage my time a bit more efficiently because deadlines are real, y’all!
MB: Definitely Sasha (although I love Marco to bits, too!). Sasha is truly kick-ass and came up with some hilarious one-liners that had me in stitches as I wrote them. She’s also fearless and goes after what she wants. I’d love to hang out with her any day! Also, Marco’s brother, Rafael (whose story I’m writing now) is a BAD, BAD boy. I’d wouldn’t mind going out for a drink or three with him.
CABR: Another book to look forward to. 🙂 If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?
MB: Hmmm, that’s a tough one – some many great icons from history! Okay, since I’m a movie buff, I’m going with the iconic movie star, Ava Gardner. I watched and obsessed over her movies in my teens. I only wish I had a single ounce of her cool elegance!
Thank so much for inviting me to your blog, Sasha!
CABR: My pleasure. Feel free to come back anytime Maya 🙂