Friday, February 28, 2014

Interview with Author Jeanine McAdam

Jeanine McAdam
New York City

Good morning, Jeanine, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Artists.
Hi Carol!  Thanks for hosting me.  My name is Jeanine McAdam and I’m from New York City, specifically an area we locals call ‘Upstate Manhattan’.  Our little neighborhood on the northern tip of the island feels like ‘old New York’.  We actually greet each other on the street and chat with our shopkeepers. 

Sounds charming.  What have you written?  
I write cowboy/bull riding stories.  Yes, even though I live in an urban area I love the American West.  My latest release is called THE BULL RIDER WEARS PINK. 

What is your favorite genre to write? 
Contemporary romance in a sports setting.  I like writing about the problems of athletes.  Bull riders are competitors like any other football or hockey player.  But their sport can be perilous.  Bull riding is often called ‘the most dangerous eight seconds in sports’.

Favorite food?
That is a tough question, sushi I think.  I’m having it for dinner tonight so it’s on my mind.

Tea or coffee?  
Herbal tea.  What can I say—I’m married to an acupuncturist.

Pizza or ice cream?
Apple pie a la mode made by my mother.  Her crusts are divine.  It’s a word I never use but it completely describes my mother’s crusts.

Where would you like to visit?  
Since I’ve been watching the Olympics, it’s Russia right now.  I also want to go to Australia.  I have a friend who lives there and I signed a contract promising I would visit her in the next five years.

Favorite musical artist. 
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  Love, love them!  Plus Bruno Mars, he was incredible at the super bowl halftime show, wasn't he?

Yes, he was.  Do you listen to music when you write?
No, I find the lyrics get stuck in my head and I can’t focus on my writing.

How old were you when you started writing?  
I was forty and at home with two young children.  Plus, one was sick.  I had to do something to keep my mind engaged so I started writing short stories.

Describe your perfect evening.  
I love watching television with my husband.  Yes, I live in one of the cultural centers of the world with theater, dance and all sorts of stuff offered every night but I love cable T.V.  A few favorites: Friday Night Lights, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead and Modern Family.

Where do you get your inspiration?  
I’m always reading on the Internet and watching You Tube videos.  My next series of books is about hockey players so now I’m watching hockey videos.  Like the bull riders those guys are super cute!

What do you do when you get a writer's block?  
Go to You Tube and watch videos.

Who is your favorite author? 
I have more than one.  Suzanne Brockmann, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Chadwick (historical), Paullina Simons.

Best book you ever read? 
OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon.  Now they are making it into a series on STARZ.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?  
Eleanor Roosevelt.  She believed in human rights and she never gave up even when life got tough.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?  
Write short stories first.  I started writing for the ‘confessions’ market and sold my first words to them.  Those stories are 5000 words or less.  They allowed me to learn dialogue, characterization, plot and how to use a tag line.  Plus, it’s a great ego boost for a writer to consistently sell.  They were buying a story from me every month.

Do you have some links for us to follow you?
"Stories About Imperfect People Finding Perfect Love"
THE BULL RIDER WEARS PINK Sweet Cravings Publishing (February 2014)
THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY Sweet Cravings Publishing (SSLY July Book of the
COWBOY'S TOUGHEST RIDE Secret Cravings Publishing

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Jeanine, for stopping by to chat with us today. Your books sound interesting and unique. We at Vision and Verse wish you continued success in all your writing endeavors. Come back to see us again.