Hi. Welcome to #Chat It Up. Today's guest is Mae Clair and she's here to talk about her book ECLIPSE LAKE, which you can buy-right now- from Amazon.
Welcome Mae. It's great to have you over for a visit. Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been writing since I was in grade school, married my high school sweetheart and hold a day job in real estate marketing. When I’m not writing (or have my nose buried in a book) I enjoy searching out stories about strange and bizarre creatures. I love cryptozoology, folklore and myths, browsing old photographs and delving into American history. I currently have two novels out with Kensington Books/Lyrical Press, a third under contract, and two indie releases that have recently published.
Two years ago I was fearful of stepping into the world of publishing and social media, but the reader and author community online is amazing. I’ve learned so much and connected with so many wonderful people. It’s great to be part of that.
I agree with you, MAe. It is a wonderful community:-)
Tell us a little about ECLIPSE LAKE:
Small towns hold the darkest secrets.
Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.
But memories in small towns are bitter and long.
Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.
Sounds amazing..and maybe one I read with the lights on:-)
Tell us about Mae, the writer. Where do you do write?
I have a den which my husband and I just remodeled. It’s “my” room top to bottom, so it’s great to have that space to hang out and concentrate on my latest work in progress. When the weather is gorgeous (like now) I’ll often take a laptop onto my covered porch or deck and enjoy the outdoors while I create. The only problem with that is sometimes I get distracted by what’s going on around me.
What’s your muse? Music, books, TV?
Definitely books. I read constantly. I know some writers find it hard to divide time between edits, writing and reading, but for the most part, no matter what I’m involved in (with my own writing), I end the evening with reading before going to bed. Even if it’s just an hour, I like to spend those closing moments relaxing with a good story and my Kindle.
You told us you are a big reader, what’s your favorite food to munch on when you’re reading?
Chips. I’m addicted to those bad boys! If, however, I’m trying to be “health conscious” I like to nibble on hummus, cheese and veggies. It’s kind of like the angel/devil on your shoulder thing, seeing which will win out :-).
I'd love to know your top 5 favorite books?
Despite writing romance, my favorite types of novels are thrillers and mysteries (although I read everything from fantasy, YA, horror and romance to non-fiction). It’s tough to pick five books, but these are titles that really made an impression on me:
FEVER DREAM by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (thriller/mystery)
THE TERROR by Dan Simmons (history/horror)
BLACK SUN RISING by C.S. Friedman (fantasy)
CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare (YA)
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Ray Bradbury)
So now just a little about you- the person other than the writer. What’s your favorite saying?
I’m going to cheat, because I have two 🙂 They’re at opposite ends of the spectrum, the first practical, the second idealistic and dreamy but they work together.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~ Stephen King
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” ~ Les Brown
Those are wonderful. I might have to ‘borrow' those from you:-)
What's in the works for you? tell us about your next project?
My next release, MYTH AND MAGIC, is a romantic mystery/suspense currently under contract with Kensington Books/Lyrical Press. It’s set over Halloween and involves supernatural happenings at a secluded corporate retreat.
My current WIP is also a romantic mystery/suspense spun around the legend of the Mothman—a giant winged humanoid that made national headlines when it was repeatedly spotted around Point Pleasant, West Virginia in the mid-late 1960s. I travelled to Point Pleasant in order to research the town and a horrible tragedy that took place around the same time as the Mothman sightings. Two weeks before Christmas in 1967, the Silver Bridge between Point Pleasant and Gallipolis, Ohio collapsed into the Ohio River during rush hour traffic. It’s still considered the worst bridge disaster in U.S. history. Both the Mothman and the Silver Bridge factor into my WIP, tentatively titled NEGATIVE REACH.
Sounds super interesting. I can't wait to read that too!
Any other place where we can hook up with you?
Yep! I’m active online and you can find me at any of the following haunts:
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Many thanks for having me as your guest, Kristi!
You're very welcome, Mae. It was a pleasure. I wish you great success in your current work and future endeavors.