Join us in welcoming, Fiona McGier as she answers our interview questions and introduces us to her novel- The Reluctant Bride.
What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
When our kids were very young and I couldn’t work even part-time, my husband used to count his pennies for gas to get back and forth to work. One year he gave up the money he normally used to buy himself lunch once a week, and for Valentine’s Day he bought me a single rose. The gum-cracking checker in the store raised her eyebrows at him, while being sarcastic about how much he must care to buy one rose. He felt terrible until he got home and presented it to me. I was thrilled he remembered, since I often was covered in various baby fluids when he got home. That he still thought of me as the sexy woman he loved, made me cry as I got out the bud vase and put the rose into it. Money isn’t the point…the love behind the thought is!
When is your favorite time of the day to make love?
Honey, ANY time of the day is great for making love! That is, any time the kids are either out of the house, or too busy doing something in their rooms, preferably with headphones on or loud music playing, so we can “play”!
What type of music do you listen to?
I love anything with screaming guitars and a back-beat. I love industrial metal so much that husband, and 2 of our sons are going with me this summer to see Nine Inch Nails. I haven’t been to a concert since before the first one was born and I’m stoked! I also love blues and anything that I can do a cha-cha to–I’ve seen Santana and I danced through the whole show!
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
I enjoy reading a lot of non-fiction. I’ve been on a Cultural Anthropology kick for a while, so I’ve been reading anything by Desmond Morris and others who talk about how we evolved to be the people we are now. I’m getting into more Psychology now, so I’m starting on a new bunch of authors. I use a lot of what I learn in writing about how characters relate to each other. I also read lots of paranormal romance and I love a good fantasy series with complicated world-building. And I have some classics on my shelf that I mean to read someday.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Up in the north woods! We love to go camping in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and since one of our sons now lives in Michigan, we’ve been exploring some of the state parks there. Anywhere there are lakes with beaches, and pine trees, I’m there! I want to enjoy communing with nature all day, then see the stars in the sky so bright you feel like you can reach up and touch them.
What is your favorite body part on a man or woman?
The brain, always the brain. It’s what you use to think up new things to try with your loved one, or new ways to make him happy. Of course, that being said, I’m shallow enough to admit to watching men with broad shoulders, long legs and a nice, tight butt. Hey, I might be married, but I still like to look! Sometimes I dream up new heroes that way.
What dish, when you prepare it, has everyone asking for seconds?
My homemade pie. I’m known for my “from-scratch” pie crust and my pies. In fact, I used some of my favorites in the book, For The Love Of His Life, then put the recipes up on my website. So if you want to make someone (maybe yourself?) happy, bake one of my pies.
If your life were a movie, what would it be rated (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17)?
My younger self would rate an NC17 for being a wild and crazy gal! These days I’d still rate NC17 for language, because I like to spice things up when I’m talking. I don’t always use curse words, but when I do I enjoy how they roll off the tongue.
Why should readers consider buying your books?
I like to explore how men and women relate to each other, and I try to create realistic people. I write contemporary romance with “naughty bits”, but the sex is not the point of the book. Some, like my most recent book, Only One Man Will Do, (the sequel to my first Minnesota Romance with the pies), have more and hotter scenes, but I let the characters guide me–that heroine is a biker queen who needs a LOT of convincing that she can be happy with “just one man.” But my next book coming out later this year, Her Last Resort, is the 3rd in the same series, and both the heroine and the hero are in their 50s, so there isn’t as much heat as there is passion.
The Reluctant Bride: Veterinarian Pamela Wilson always used to run away from home to get attention from her status-conscious, preoccupied parents. Years ago she met a man who loved her unreservedly, but her parents didn’t approve of his blue-collar job, so she ran away from him too. When the ambitious lawyer she’s marrying answers a phone call while she’s walking down the aisle, it’s the last straw! She runs away again, this time to a cabin her parents don’t know about, owned by the mechanic. Does he still own it and is he still single? Will she finally stop running away and make the right decision for her future?
Pamela made a face at herself in the full-length mirror while she smoothed down imaginary wrinkles in the dress.
“I hope he stops texting and taking calls from his office long enough to notice that!”
Maribel raised her eyebrows in surprise, as Pamela shook her head.
“Mom, you know it’s true! I can’t ever get him to take his damn blue-tooth out of his ear! That crackberry of his is always taking his attention away from me!”
Maribel shook her head.
“Honey,” she began in a cautionary tone, “You know how close he is to making full partner in his firm. He’s thirty-five and not getting any younger. But he’s been doing so well, that he’s almost there. Once that gets offered, you two won’t have to ever worry about your finances again.”
Pamela turned to regard her mother soberly.
“But will I ever be able to get his undivided attention again? Ever? Mom, he even keeps the crackberry on the nightstand next to the bed! If it beeps at him while we are making love, he tries to hide it, but he looks at it, to see how urgent it is! For crying out loud, even while he is trying to pleasure me, he’s worrying about his damn job!”
Maribel shook her head again.
“Pam, that’s what it’s like being married to a driven, career man. Your father was like that in his younger days. Many’s the times he missed dinner, or canceled our dates, because he had to stay in the office to deal with clients. Your father was the first black lawyer to make full partner in his firm. You’d better believe that if he had had a blackberry back then, he’d have had it on even while we were in bed. And I would have supported him doing it! It’s a cut-throat world out there. You need to grab every advantage that you can, if you want to succeed and get ahead.”
Pamela sighed heavily.
“I guess so…but I just wish that I could feel like I’m as important to him as his job is.”
Maribel lit a cigarette, looking around for an ashtray. When she didn’t see one, she pulled a tiny gold box out of her purse and opened it up to reveal a small holder for her to rest her cigarette on while she poured herself another glass of champagne out of the bottle they had opened earlier.
“Pamela, you are important to him. Every partner needs to have a wife. You will be expected to help him to entertain his clients, and to go with him to company functions. There’s so much to do once he makes full partner that he won’t be able to keep up with everything without your help. So you will know just how important you are to him then. You’ll see…”
Pamela made another face at her mother, then drank the rest of her glass of champagne in rapid gulps. She belched in a most unladylike manner, shooting a guilty look at her mother as she poured herself another glass also.
Maribel glared at her.
“Was that really necessary?”
“Yes. It was to remind me that I’m still me…that in spite of this gorgeous dress that you designed for me, and this ridiculously fussy hairdo that you insisted on, and this perfect makeup that I’d never be able to recreate even if I wanted to, that I’m still Pamela Wilson. I’m the bi-racial daughter of Joseph and Maribel Wilson, and I’m a vet who takes care of people’s overly-pampered dogs and cats. I don’t smoke, though I sometimes drink too much, and I’ve been known to belch and fart in public, when the spirit moves me. My mother has been trying for years to make me over into the kind of lady that she brought me up to be, but I’ve been resisting her for as long as I can remember! So there!”
She defiantly stuck her tongue out at her mother, who smiled and shook her head in return.
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About the Author:
I’ve always been all about words. I’ve been reading since before I started kindergarten. I’ve always amused myself with inventing characters and events and watching them unfold. But life has a way of keeping you busy in the “here and now”, so it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I began to actually write my stories. It took a while to get my first one published, but I’ve been creating happily-ever-afters ever since. My husband and young adult kids support me in my creative endeavors…as long as dinner’s on time and I bake them an occasional pie! In fact, since I’m known for my pies, I worked pie-baking into the first book in the series I’m working on now, and I’ve put some of my best recipes up on my website so you, too, can show someone your love with a pie!
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