Maya Banks is one of those authors I’ve ‘worshipped from afar’.
If you look for her at your local bookstore you’ll find her books amongst the Silhouette Desires: The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress, The Tycoon’s Rebel Bride; Berkley Heat: Sweet Persuasion, Sweet Surrender (whose cover is so hot a reader was asked to put it away when she started reading it on an airplane), Be with Me, and For Her Pleasure; her soon-to-be released Berkley Sensation’s The Darkest Hour (I got a sneak peek at the cover of TDH on Twitter yesterday – Yummylicious and drool-worthy); Loose Id’s Golden Eyes; and Samhain’s Red Hot Summer, Amber Eyes, Into the Lair, Reckless, Stay with Me, Into the Mist, Love Me Still, Brazen, Undenied, Understood, Seducing Simon, and the best selling title of 2006 and Reader’s Choice Award 2006-2008 – Colters’ Woman. (There are too many to link to, so here’s a link to her Author Page over at Samhain.)
Phew! What a list. She can write from the sweet to smokin’ hot sexy. Paranormals, contemporaries, menage of the trois and quatres variety. No matter the genre, Maya’s got a book for you. And that’s not including the books she’s written as Sharon Long.
I went out with a (non-writing) friend last night – we meet every other week at our local bookstore’s Starbucks and talk about our favourite books. When Maya’s name came up, my friend said “I’ve never read a Maya Banks book I haven’t loved.”
So I was thrilled when Maya agreed to be a guest on my birthday bash. I sent Maya a list of ten questions, and asked her to answer five. I took the questions from both ones I’d written and ones you asked JK Coi when I challenged you to come up with interview questions. (I’ve credited the person who asked the question in brackets.)
Here are Maya’s answers:
Do you ever get fans asking if you “do” what you write about? (Leah)
God no! I’m sure if they ever did I’d just stare dumbly at them.
What is something unusual that you do or have done that people would be surprised to know about you. (Something like being an avid ghost hunter or that you once took sky diving lessons.) (Lady Vampire2U)
Dude, I’m so boring. I mean seriously. I can’t think of anything that would surprise people other than maybe I’m a really conservative person. For some reason I get snickers when I share that little tidbit…
If we could ask your best friend “What the funniest thing about Maya”, what would they say?” (Cathy M)
She’d say I’m a complete and utter bitch (she means it)
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? (Inez Kelley inspired that question on another blog post)
You know I really hate that term. I’ve never figured out why pleasures have to be guilty 😉 I’m pretty irreverent when it comes to things I like. And I’m so not into guilty.
You recently took a trip to England and Scotland – any funny tales to share? Something that surprised you? (Leah)
They’re obsessed with roundabouts. You can’t go half a mile without one. And they love curbs. Even on the M. I can’t figure that one out. Where the hell do you go if you’re trying to avoid a wreck? No shoulders. Hell they barely even have roads. It’s more like bike trails …
If you could go back to meet yourself as you were just getting out of high school, what advice would you give yourself? (Leah)
Oh sweet mother…I don’t have all day. I was such an idiot back then. But then I have to consider that if I hadn’t made such a career out of fucking up in the old days, I wouldn’t be where I am now and since I’m pretty darn pleased with the way things have turned out I just have to suck it up and try not to dwell on how screwed up I was as a “young adult”
Salon owner Julie Stanford wanted Nathan Tucker ever since she gave him his first massage. Getting paid to feel every inch of his body, stripped, oiled, and spread out in front of her? Stuff dreams are made of. But the sexy lug was oblivious to the signals she was sending—until she finished off his final rub-down with something extra. In fact, the best extra he ever had. Unfortunately, he came around too late. Now Julie’s moving on…
She was everything he’d dreamed of
The woman was driving him crazy. She lit fire to his insides then ran like a scalded cat. And now she’s going to someone else to have all her fantasies fulfilled? Over his dead body… He’s more than willing to give her what she wants, and as soon as he pins the little minx down, he’d show her his own brand of sweet seduction.
But that’s not all Maya’s got releasing in the next few months – there’s also The Tycoon’s Secret Affair from Silhouette Desire next month, Songbird over at Samhain in September, and the follow up to Sweet Seduction, Sweet Temptation releasing from Berkley Heat in April 2010. (Tired yet? I know I am)