CEO Jaunty Quills: Hello! This is Jaunty P. Quills, Porcupine Extraordinaire. Today I am interviewing author Mia Marlowe for a spot on my illustrious blog. No one gets on this blog without my paw’s up.
Mia Marlowe: Pleased to meet you, Jaunty. However, I must confess I thought the Quills referred to an elegant 18th century writing implement, not a member of the rodent family. Oh, dear! I fear this interview may have gotten off on the wrong foot…or in deference to you, should I say wrong paw?
CEO Jaunty Quills: Deference to me? That’s the attitude I like. Mia, tell everyone all about me—I mean, you. You’ve led an interesting life—rode an elephant, sang at Carnegie Hall, worked in Greenland. Have you ever blogged with a porcupine?
Mia Marlowe: Not even in my wildest imagination. And believe, I have a pretty good one. But in the interest of full disclosure, that list of accomplishments you reference on my website has one bald-faced lie in it. (Readers can click here to see if they can spot the whopper!)
CEO Jaunty Quills: Why should I hire you to blog for me? I have Kristan Higgins writing about me in all her books and Emily McKay and Robyn DeHart cooking pine nuts for me—well, they forgot to invite me to dinner, but that’s a small detail. Katherine Garbera offered me a vacation spot in England. What can you offer?
Mia Marlowe: I can arrange for my next Viking hero not to kill you and roast your little carcass over his camp fire. Oh, but you mustn’t consider that a threat if I’m not hired. I haven’t killed anyone in my books lately . . . unless they deserved it.
CEO Jaunty Quills: (gulp) That’s a persuasive reason. Ah…Your resume is impressive. But I’ve seen other impressive resumes, like Terri Brisbin’s. And, I ask you, what has she done for me lately? How do you intend to keep writing so many books and entertain a famous porcupine like me?
Mia Marlowe: Well, I didn’t want this process to sink to offering a bribe, but I do know a fellow who keeps exotic pets in his backyard. He’s got this really cute little female hedgehog. I’d be happy to arrange for the two of you to do lunch. Nothing fancy. Nice little salad bar, a few insects on the side and you’ll get her to lower her spikes before you know it.
CEO Jaunty Quills: Hedgehog? Hedgehogs are cute, I must admit.
Credit: Adam Foster
My subordinates, Margo Maguire and Nancy Robards Thompson, tell me I have to ask you something about your books or where our readers can find out more about you.
Mia Marlowe: I write historical romance for Kensington and Sourcebooks along with self-publishing ebooks with the gang from Rock*It Reads. I’m not locked in to any one time period. I’ve written stories set in the 9th century and the Victorian era (and most of the centuries in between!). Love works whenever it’s tried. And speaking of love…I’d love to invite readers to visit my cyber-home. They’ll find my truly gorgeous covers, excerpts from all of my books and my active blog.
CEO Jaunty Quills: Last question, Mia. This one is extremely important. Cindy Kirk and Shana Galen can’t cook. Can you cook, preferably with pine nuts?
Mia Marlowe: My DH always says the best thing I make for dinner is RESERVATIONS. We can always look for a place that serves pine nuts! Hmm… I’m not sure any of them will serve porcupines though. I’ll bring you doggie bag. Er, should that be porkie bag?
What do you think, readers? Should we add Mia to the blog?
Mia: Oh, please say yes everybody! I haven’t interviewed for a job for a long time and I think I really blew this one. If I’m going to make the Jaunty Quills, I’m going to need YOUR help!
Mia Marlowe’s work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display in the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012. But the accolade she really loves comes from her readers. Find her at http://www.miamarlowe.com !