A Chat & Giveaway with Three Wishes Author Paula Millhouse

Posted May 13, 2013 by Melissa in Author Interview, Giveaway | 4 Comments

Interview

1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself.  
Paula Millhouse, here, and thanks for hosting me today, Melissa. I write Fantasy Romance, and Romantic Suspense.

2. When did you know that you wanted to write professionally and how did you take the leap to get into the business?  
Three years ago after reading The Twilight Saga, something exploded in my soul and whispered, “It’s Time.” I’ve always loved fantasy and whimsy and I figured, if an author could bring mythical creatures like vampires and werewolves out into the light for new audiences to enjoy, why not me? I joined Romance Writers of America, found a critique group I fit with, and that led me to my first published work with Boroughs Publishing Group, Three Wishes.

3. Can you tell me a little bit about your book and what inspired it? 
Three Wishes is a high heat fairy tale with a leprechaun who’s returned to claim the love of his life. Michael McKnight and Abigail O’Malley, childhood sweethearts, were separated when Michael was cursed by Dionis, the Fairy King.  After Michael served his penance, he returns to Abby to help her out of a sticky financial situation. Their long-lost love is rekindled, and she breaks his curse. It’s a feel-good story with a happily ever after, and a hot open-door love scene.

My desire to write fantasy romance inspired Three Wishes.


4. What do you hope that readers take way with them after reading your book? 
The feeling that, at least in fiction, wishes really can come true.

5. I find it interesting to know what environment authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling café? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?
Oh, that’s a great question, Melissa. I write some of my best scenes long-hand, with pen and paper. I like to write in absolute quiet – I could never do a Starbucks cafe. Rarely, I’ll play instrumental movie scores (Twilight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, etc.). Then, once the scene is hammered out, I rewrite it in my manuscript using MS Word.

6. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Ha! Criticism: I know we’re not supposed to read reviews of our work once it’s out there, but two separate reviewers said this on amazon: “Not enough sex and violence!” “Too much sex and violence!” Those priceless opinions came in two days apart and I was lucky enough to read them on the same day. Best compliment? My heroine gives as good as she gets. No shrinking violets here.

7. What book is currently on your nightstand? And who are some of your favorite authors?
 I just finished The Genie Ignites by Kellyann Zuzulo, a finalist in the Abalone awards.

My reading tastes are all over the place: Some of my favorite short story authors include Sherrilyn Kennyon, Jon Konrath, and James Scott Bell. For novels, James Patterson, Steven James, Amber Belldene, Tricia Skinner, Jude Deveraux, Deborah Harkness, and John Green.

8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I work on my small kitchen garden.

9. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Keep writing. Join your genre’s professional organization and find a group of critique partners who support you, and tell you the truth.

10. What can we expect from you next? 
Dragonstone, another Lunchbox Romance from Boroughs Publishing Group. Oh, and while you wait, I have two Romantic Suspense stories available on amazon, here.

11.  Do any animals share your life? Please tell us about them.

A one hundred pound American Bulldog, (picture a Jack Russel Terrier on steroids) and his three cats.

And now for a little bit of fun:)  This or That? 


Coffee or Tea?   Coffee – gotta have the Java

Sweet or Salty?   Both – salty pretzels dipped in dark chocolate

Beach or Lake?   Definitely the Beach – Tybee Island in Savannah, GA – my story’s set there.

Winter or Summer?  Winter please

Cats or Dogs?   Both

Zombies or Vampires?   How could anyone prefer Zombies?

Country or City?  Country to live, City to prowl

Shower or Bath?   A bath after a hard day at the keyboard

Morning or Evening?  Morning – if it’s not done by 2pm, it’ll have to wait ‘till tomorrow

M&Ms or Skittles?  Dark chocolate M&Ms!

Trains or Planes?  Planes.

Comedy or Drama?  Romantic Comedy

The Book

Title: Three Wishes 

Author: Paula Millhouse
Pages: 46

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781938876585
Publication Date: March 14th, 2013
Available Formats:  E-Book

Add the book: Goodreads  
Buy the book: Amazon All Romance | Smashwords


Synopsis:

Abigail O’Malley wants to find true love…which is about as easy as catching a leprechaun.

Abigail O’Malley’s world turns upside down when a rival Irishman threatens to take her bar, an historic Savannah landmark, mere days before the start of the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

When she captures a leprechaun, her three wishes include his gold, fairy magic, and the mystery of her One True Love.

Will Michael McKnight have time to prove he’s up to the task of granting all her wishes before the bad guys close in and destroy Abby’s dreams forever?

Excerpt

The afternoon had gotten away from her and twilight loomed, so Abby took the charms and strode across the yard to the old oak. Her imagination ran wild with thoughts of fairies dancing in the wooded area, fireflies though they might have been. She longed to see them again, longed for a time when she had the unfettered mind of child, when her world revolved around her parents, when she was safe and loved, and happy.


She approached the old live oak and placed the miniature fairy door at the base of the tree, just so. Next she settled one of the delicate little chairs beside it. Now the bench, and the remaining two chairs belong on the other side, on the old rock. She walked around the tree, set up the fancy little charms in an inviting arrangement, squeezed her eyes shut and asked a mighty question of the universe and whatever power imagination truly held within the world. She asked for hope, peace, and some way to solve this mess with her father’s bar.


“Please, little fairies, I need all the luck you can lend me today. I’m inviting you back to play. Please come back home and show me what to do.”


A mighty wind kicked up and swirled through the branches of the grand old oak, fluttering her hair with its force. Abby opened her eyes then frowned, surprised. Clearly, the stress of it all had finally taken its toll. The fairy charms vibrated and glowed with brilliant color, and a leprechaun dressed in a Kelly green suit, with a top hat and pointed shoes, stood waiting on the other side of the tree. A radiant smile lit his face.


Abby gasped, stepped back, and scurried around the oak toward the safety of the house. Then she shrieked. Her world closed in around her. Her heart hitched and her brain screamed foul. Her knees chose that moment to give way, and she collapsed into a heap at the base of the tree.



The Author

Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Georgia where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal chapter, the Mystery/Suspense chapter (Kiss of Death), and a member of Savvy Authors.


She lives with her husband at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies.


In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters in thrilling romantic fiction.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Blog  | Twitter   | Facebook  

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4 responses to “A Chat & Giveaway with Three Wishes Author Paula Millhouse

  1. candacerobinson

    This book sounds pretty good! I love her description of her book and it definitely made me curious about it!

  2. Samantha MacDouglas

    I couldn’t agree more, how could a zombie be sexy? Great interview. I love Three Wishes, such a great story!

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