*****MY MAGGI MAY*****
Rod Stewart’s song Maggie May was playing the other day when Maggi and I was talking about misc fun things such as rock stars, boys, kicking boys and ummmmm… porn star boobs. SOOOO I thought it was only fitting that I included the youtube “video” of the lyrics to her Indy Author Talk. ONE because her book did steal my heart (I will get to a review when I replenish my supply of post it notes ~ don’t ask I lost a bunch in the wash), TWO it’s September (maybe not late September but still), oh and THREE she wrecked my bed with her d**n book! And LASTLY I couldn’t leave her as a friend or a fan even if I tried!! There is a part that says “I suppose I could collect my books and get on back to school” lol… I could right? I am listening to the lyrics over and over again as I am typing this as true to form I am kinda babbling… I do love Rod Stewart and his sexy raspy voice!
SHE STOLE MY HEART, BUT I LOVE HER ANYWAY! My Maggi May… This weeks installment of Nerd Girl’s Indy Author Talk was a lot of fun to do and organize. It was a mix of giggles, laughs and um lots of girly talk!
♥ Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl
PLEASE NOTE: Here books have been removed from Amazon so the cover can be reworked. If your interested in purchasing what she has in stock, please hurry as she only has about 50 left. They will come signed of course and you can get your special first run edition copy directly from her from her author fan page. The links is at the bottom of the talk! :-)
*****Indy Author Talk with Maggi Craft ~ I Am A Book Loving Dork*****
Growing up reading was something that never appealed to me, so who would have thought I would have wanted to write. I did read my fair share of Sweet Valley High book but then again who didn’t. Other than that, I never read anything that wasn’t assigned to me for a grade. Even then, I probably only read the Cliffs Notes and watched the movie. I know GASP! Reading just wasn’t for me. I was a cool kid. Reading was for dorks!
Then I hit this thing called “Motherhood” and realized the only place I had all to myself, was in between my two ears. I decided a book may just be what I needed. Turns out I AM A DORK! Based off my earlier definition anyway. I began my adventure, into motherhood and into the library.
Reading gives me that time to leave the monotony of everyday life, and to be a part of someone else life, in someone else’s head and I get to chose that somebody.
So now I find that I am constantly cramming as many books into my brain as possible. Searching for as many new authors and books to let me into their world and fitting their world between my world.
Then one day it finally hit me, that list is HUGE. I could live my whole life and never run out of amazing things to read. So if that makes this cool kid a dork…. I’m a proud dork! So if Gladys is a proud Nerd, then I in turn can be a proud DORK! I am her Maggi May!
*****Maggi Craft Bio*****
Maggi Craft was born in Baton Rouge, LA. She attended Southwest Mississippi Community College, and the University of Southern Mississippi, where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations.
Maggi never had any interest in writing until her early thirties when she was discussing, over drinks with her lifelong best friend, the stories in her head. Stories that had kept her entertained growing up in a small no red light Mississippi town. Stories she thought were similar to what went on in everyone’s head.
After listening in great detail her friend begged her to write them down. She shared them with friends and coworkers who urged her to do something with them. To not let these characters die in her head. Therefore giving life to The Price of Love, and the rest of The Price novels.
Maggi now lives outside Jackson, MS with her mother, six year old daughter and husband Jon. They share their beautiful home with their nine-year old Boxer, Marley and Lucy, the psychotic Chihuahua.
*****Q&A with Maggi Craft*****
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I really never dreamed of being a writer. I wasn’t even much on reading until I was about 28. But for as long as I could remember I had a “story” going on in my head. Any time I was bored or couldn’t sleep, I would just let it play itself out and entertain me.
I thought everyone had this going on in their head. However when I mentioned it one night over drinks, with my life long BFF, she assured me that I wasn’t normal. She asked me to tell her about this “story” or these “people” in my head. She then asked if I could write it down.
Eleven books later she’s pushed me to do something with it. Not keep “OUR friends” in my head anymore.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
I love Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Molly McAdams, Charlaine Harris, CC Hunter, Meg Cabot, and Sophie Kinsella. Easy reads. Light and fun.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
They’ve been in my head as long as I can remember. I don’t remember them not being there. Out of all of them I only have 2 that are actually based off of a real people.
I like to see the flaws in people, and find the beauty in their flaws that makes them who they are. So I don’t like to have a character that seems perfect. I like to show their insecurities, their human qualities, and their annoying characteristics.
Q. What motivates you to write?
I don’t really have any certain thing that motivates me. I do feel like music and mood influence me when I am writing. But when I am in a writing mood I stop and do it then before it passes.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing?
Editing. I hate it. I have terrible grammar, and I find myself slaughtering the English language daily. I’m not a genius. I’m just creative!
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
WOW! I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned to see things from others perspective in all situations. I’ve learned that if you believe in yourself others will also believe in you. I’ve also learned that we don’t all like the same things, and that’s OK!
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
They just pop into my head. I never know how a book that I am writing is going to end. It just works itself out somehow in the process.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
At first they thought it was a distraction from reality. Like maybe I was wasting too much time doing that instead of what I needed to be doing. Now they support me. Neither my parents nor my husband have actually read my books, but I’m pretty sure that’s for the best. My husband doesn’t read anything that doesn’t involve war or cars, my father reads old westerns (you know the ones that all have a Marlboro Man look alike on the cover), and my mom only reads her devotional. So I don’t see them falling in love with Slayde Price like everyone else has.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Do what you love, and don’t let anyone else choose your path for you.
Q. What book are you reading now?
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and I just discovered Abbi Glines. So I have a good little list waiting on me.
*****Maggi Craft’s Links*****
NOTE: Katie #NerdGirlKTLBLY reviewed The Price of Love
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