Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Author M.M. Roethig

Day Twelve: M.M. Roethig

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’ve been married for almost seventeen years to a wonderfully supportive man. We have three children and we have the ‘his-hers-ours’ scenario. Our oldest two are in college in Idaho and we live in Broomfield with our son. I love to bake, I love to take photos, and I secretly want to become a computer hacker like Penelope on Criminal Minds.
  2. What do you do when you are not writing? When I’m not writing, I love to watch movies, any genre, any time, any place. Movies are my secret passion. I also enjoy walking, and listening to music. I love to dance, but I don’t get as many opportunities as I’d like to dance anymore. I also enjoy sporting events and walking around the Aquarium and Zoo, 
  3. What is your favorite smell? A chlorine filled pool. I know, it sounds so crazy, but I spend a lot of time poolside watching my son swim and writing and the smell really lifts my spirits. I also love the smell of peaches. 
  4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I have always written poems, short stories, or even songs, but I started my first book in 2009. I finished it, after at least six full re-writes, in 2014. 
  5. If you had 24 hours to live, excluding spending time with your -family, what would you do? That’s a tough one. In an ideal world, I would book a flight to one of my bucket lists places, Germany, Ireland, England, Paris. However, I’d probably die on the plane ride over seeing as it takes that long to book the flight and make the trip. So, I’d settle for a rousing day at Harry Potter World in Florida. Much closer and I’m ‘dying’ to go there. 
  6. Do you ever experience writer’s block? Yes! Dang it! Sometimes my brain refuses to work regardless of how many different things I try to clear my thoughts. In those moments, I usually watch one of my many movies and let my mind go numb. 
  7. Do you work with an outline, or just write? I’ve tried both and found that if I have an outline to keep me on track, I can just let the words flow with confidence. The outline method really works for me. Plus, if anything ever happened to me, someone, somewhere could finish my work because they would see where I was going. Yes, my brain works like that. 
  8. What is your favorite kind of cheese? American. 
  9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you growing up or as an adult? I’ve read many books in my lifetime and aside from the classics, Jane Austen and Emilee Bronte being my favorites, I have to say Stephanie Meyer influenced me to write. After reading her books and seeing how her vision came to life from a dream, I wondered why I wasn’t brave enough to do the same thing with all the stories in my head. 
  10. Would I find anything growing in your refrigerator right now? Sadly, yes. With only three of us at home, two most weeknights, we end up with many leftovers and not enough days to eat them. 
  11. How would you describe yourself in three words? Creative, Loyal, Tenacious.
  12. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? My book is all imagination, minus the name of my Elemental Princess. She’s named after my niece. 
  13. Who is your favorite author? Since most of you will probably say me ;) please tell me then, who is your second favorite author? 
  14. What was your favorite part of writing and why? Escape. When I’m writing, the world tends to fall away and I’m left with a world that comes out of my head. I love having the opportunity to live in that moment.
  15. Chocolate or Brussels sprouts? What kind of question is this??!!  Chocolate, of course! 
  16. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? This is a hard question to answer. Criticism is hard to take, no matter who gives it and what frame of mind you’re in. Most want to help you become a better writer and with that in mind, the pill is easier to swallow. When criticism comes as a personal attack, those are harder to work through. I once had someone tell me they couldn’t put it down fast enough. That was rough.  
  17. What has been the best compliment given to you as an author? I’ve had a few people tell me they laughed, cried, swooned, and imagined my book playing out like a movie in their head as they read. That’s a real stroke to my author ego.  
  18. What is your least favorite smell? Chaps cologne. Yuck!!
  19. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Keep writing. There will be times when you want to give up, times when you’ll cry and feel like a failure, but never give up. Keep writing. You have a story in your head that needs to be given to the world. 
  20. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers? Thank you, thank you, thank you. Without your support and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am now. YOU keep me going!

Author Bio:
Author M.M. Roethig is a ‘happily-ever-after’ author whose guilty pleasure is a swoon worthy romance. Growing up, she spent her youth on various Air Force bases in many different states, which encouraged her imagination and love of make believe stories with each new city, scenery, and situation.
Finally settling in Idaho, M.M. Roethig finished her schooling years and eventually met and married her very own Prince Charming. A recent move took her to Northern Colorado, a place she has instantly fallen in love with and embraced as her home.
When she is not swooning over romance stories or writing, M.M. Roethig enjoys spending time with her husband and son who also call Colorado home. With two grown daughters and one son-in-law living in Idaho, she finds every excuse to travel back as much as possible.
Other hobbies M.M. Roethig enjoys is running, photography, baking, watching her son swim, and cheering on the Denver Broncos.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon

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