Happy Endings is pleased to welcome special guest and fellow Wild Rose Press author, Mona Risk today.
Welcome to Happy Endings. Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
BABIES IN THE BARGAIN is a sweet and spicy medical romance that garnered several wins in contests. Imagine Grey’s Anatomy or ER in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The story is based on my daughter’s professional experience. Needless to say, the book is dedicated to her for her professional input.
Contest nominations: The Beacon; Launching A Star; The Suzannah; Great Expectations; Golden Gateway; Gotcha; Enchanted Words; Winter Rose; Duel on the Delta; Linda Howard Award of Excellence….
What inspired you to write romance?
In a different life, I was Director of the Analytical Division of an environmental company. A monotonous predictable life that suddenly changed when I won a contract to refurbish military laboratories in Russian countries. I traveled fifteen times to Minsk, capital of Belarus, and was well received by everyone. I fell in love with the country.
Five years later, I took early retirement to write my first book, TO LOVE A HERO. Through my novel, a fictional story about an American chemist and a Belarusian officer, I relived my fantastic trips to Belarus. My story highlights the hospitality and warmth of the gorgeous, gallant Belarusian officers who sing, toast with vodka and make a woman feel like a goddess.
Over the years, I traveled to fifty countries on vacation or business trips. I wanted to share my unusual experiences by setting stories in the beautiful places I was fortunate to visit. You can discover an authentic chateau of the historical Loire Valley in my romantic suspense, FRENCH PERIL. Unpublished yet, ISLAND OF PASSION, is a sizzling romance that takes place in Mykonos, Greece.
My medical romances are inspired by the many doctors in my family who are more than eager to help me research my medical cases and laugh while correcting my medical mistakes.
What romantic genre do you write?
In addition to BABIES IN THE BARGAIN, I have three medical romances that are part of a series called Doctor’s Orders. Rx FOR TRUST will be released by the Wild Rose Press on December 04, 2009.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
I read contemporary romance, medical romances and romantic suspense. A pencil in hand, I critique and analyze as I read.
Now if I read to relax, I favor historical romances, mostly Regency by Stephanie Laurens and Tracy Grant, or the oldies by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Heather Graham…
Have you always dreamed of being a writer? Did any other careers get filtered into that goal?
From as far as I can remember, I have been a dreamer and a writer, staring at the blackboard during a math class while re-plotting Cinderella and Aladin tales, or hiding from the coach during gym to pursue my latest self-told story. At night, I was the one entertaining my mother with my own bedtime stories after she tucked me in bed.
By the time I was a teenager, I wanted to be a doctor and messed it up because of the damn rabbit I had to dissect in premed biology lab. Even anesthetized, he was so cute I couldn’t stab him with a scalpel and cried during the whole lab session. It was easier to shift to Pharmacy and Chemistry than hurt the poor thing. But I never forgot my medical dream and indulged in creating gorgeous doctors and handsome specialists for my medical romances.
If you could possess the body of a historical person for 24 hours, who would it be, when would you choose to do it (in their time), and what would you do?
Uh…someone taller than I am. I don’t know if Cleopatra was tall but she was beautiful enough to bewitch Cesar and Marc Anthony, change the course of history and destroy those poor guys. Instead of fighting a hopeless war against Rome, I would keep Marc Anthony entertained and live a longer happily-ever-after with him, rather than taking my own life with a snake’s bite.
If they made a Made For TV movie of your life, who would you want to play you? Would this be a comedy? A tragedy?
Comedy. I hate tragedies. Maybe I can convince Kate Hudson. to play ME. Forget that we don’t look alike at all.
If you could become the heroine in a favorite book, which book would it be and how hunky is your hero?
I HAVE been a heroine in my own book. General Sergei, my hero in TO LOVE A HERO, is every woman’s dream according to my readers and fans. By the time I finished writing this book, I was madly in love with Sergei.
If you could “party like it’s 1999” with a celebrity or personality (alive or dead) who would it and where would you party?
I’ll take George Clooney or better Pierce Brosnan to the Seychelles islands for a rum cocktail and a swim.
Because this IS Happy Endings, I have to ask: What is your favorite fictional romantic happy endings — either from a book, a movie or TV show. Why that one?
The Cinderella ending as in Pretty Women, or My Fair Lady are very romantic. But I prefer the ending of “laws of Attraction” with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore where two lawyers competing against each, or in that case, pleading in court against each other, fall in love.
BABIES IN THE BARGAIN coming July 3rd from The Wild Rose Press.
A video trailer:
With only one year left to complete her medical training in Neonatology, Dr. Holly Collier vows not to let anyone mess up her sacrosanct schedule. Especially not the drop-dead gorgeous Dr. Marc Suarez who broke her heart seven years ago.
When a tragic accident transforms the carefree playboy into a dedicated but novice father to his nephew, Holly gives in to her maternal instincts and turns her structured life upside down for the orphaned preemie. But can she learn to trust Marc again and believe in true love?
Thank Jeannie for giving the opportunity to guest blog at Happy Endings.