Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you the magical, mystical M.R. Polish!
M.R. Polish was born in Idaho, a long, long, long, maybe not that long time ago…. Writing has always been there for her. Growing up, her mind was filled with stories, some she shared and others she filed away to write down later in life. It wasn’t until 2011 that she decided to publish her stories for everyone to enjoy.
Now you can find her enjoying life with her family – wrangling her four kids, setting traps in the house with toys for unsuspecting victims (aka, her husband) and writing down all her crazy and fun stories.
“Life is too short to stand by and watch everyone else live your dreams. The bigger the dream, the bigger the adventure!” ~ M.R. Polish
Without further ado, here’s M.R.’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Have you always wanted to be a writer? Yes. No. Maybe? Actually, I think I always knew it, as I would tell stories and “write” them for everyone to read even as a young girl. But, I wanted to work with animals too. So, putting spirit wolves and werewolves in a book counts, right? (Sounds right to me.)
Why did you choose to write Paranormal Romance? Paranormal Romance is my absolute favorite. I get so excited to read it and even more excited to write it. I LOVE magic and so I knew I had to have some sort of magic in each book. I think I like it so much because it helps me escape from reality into an imaginative one where anything can happen.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? The strangest? Not sure it qualifies, but a note from the Tooth Fairy to one of my kids explaining why “I” never showed up the night before. Did you know a toothache for a tooth fairy is equivalent to a stomach bug and makes it impossible to find special teeth hidden under pillows? (It was my story and I’m sticking to it) On a side note: remove tooth and leave a quarter BEFORE you go to bed or you *might* forget to wake up and do it. (Hilarious! And, I thought I was the only one making up odd stories for my daughter when she was little.)
What are you currently working on? HAHAHA…. That was the funniest thing I’ve been asked all day. No, seriously, it was. I work on many projects at once. I have to. I write one, while one is being plotted and one is being edited. That way I can rotate and get them out sooner to all my FABULOUS readers. It takes me about 3 months from start to finish for one book, so this way one is always in a stage from beginning to publish. BUT, next year I have a special treat because there is a series that I’ve been plotting and outlining all year (Can you imagine all the epicness that is going to come from a book that has a year+ of JUST outlining?) It is HUGE. And awesome. (Ooooh, I can’t wait for that series! I thought I was weird working on more than one WIP at a time.)
Okay. Let’s pick one of your WIPs. What motivated the plot for it? Okay, so I will go with Boots and Broomsticks because it will be released in August 2015. It is the third in a standalone series (Saddles and Spells). The motivation was easy. Saddles and Spells came to me and I KNEW I had to write it, but I didn’t know there would be more books until the whole story came to me and I was like… there are SIX of you witches? They’re killing me. Anyway, each witch has her own standalone book that follows the previous. They are better read in order, but not necessary.
Witches and sexy cowboys… what more could a girl want?
What was the hardest part of the story for you to write?
Besides this interview? Haha, just kidding.
The hardest one I ever wrote is under my pen name, Rose Morgan, called Soul Deep. It is a Christian Fiction. BUT, under this name, I think the hardest thing I’ve written is *spoiler* when Jarak died in Wolf Dream. I knew why I had to kill him, and that he’d come back in the next book, but it didn’t make it any easier.
What process do you use to plan your novels? There’s a process? Dang, I’ve been doing it all wrong.
Who has been your favorite character and why? Oh wow… this is just getting harder! I really loved writing Davin (The Death Keeper in my Wolf Trilogy), and I love all my cowboys in my Saddles series… Oh but all my witches are phenomenal. I choose the fifth and remain silent as I can’t answer this.
Do any of your character reflect facets of your personality?Yes. I’ve been told that Esmerelda has a lot of me in her. We are different in many ways, but people who know me have said they can see me when they read her.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I call up one of my two besties and start talking shop. Seriously, the best way to overcome any block is to just start talking about your characters and your story in no particular order or reason and it will just fly to you! (Good tip.)
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be and why? Western Romance or Historical Western Romance. Because that is my first love. My absolute favorite series is a HWR. I have a HWR with a paranormal twist planned for the future, but right now there is not date as to when I will start it. (If you’re writing an HWR, I’ll have to add it to my TBR!)
Which authors inspire you? Roseanne Bittner for sure. I mean, she was the creator of Zeke! And she is still writing and I am just in awe. One day, I hope to meet her in person. (Yes, I’m aware this sounds a little stalkerish). But, honestly? There are so many that inspire me daily: Misty Provencher, Bonnie Paulson, Amy Bartol, Chanda Hahn, JK Rowling (She is a huge inspiration, for not only her books, but they way she presents herself and where she is compared to where she came from. I always tell myself, if she can keep her dream alive that long, so can I!)
What novel would you read multiple times? I have read the Savage Destiny Series by Roseanne Bittner at least twenty times (All 7 books). No, I’m not kidding. The Archer series by Chelsea Fine would be on that list and I can’t wait to re-read them. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. And, of course the Scriptures, as I think those should be re-read always.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Well, Jesus, because I’d just love to be in the same room as Him and listen to Him teach. And, Zeke, from Savage Destiny Series, but he’d have to look at me like he does his “Abbie Girl” or I would just be disappointed hahaha…
What is your favorite quote? “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” [Polish proverb]
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Giraffe, elephant, wolf, and dragon. Yes, in that order lol.
What is your favorite color? Pink and silver. But I HATE to wear pink.
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Thank you so much for being part of A Center Stage Moment! You were a blast!
Join me next week for another “Center Stage Moment” featuring Susan Burdorf!