1. What made you choose to write in the contemporary romance genre?
Let’s face it, human relationships play a very big role in fiction. I write contemporary romances because as a reader, I love love stories - all of my favorite books, whether genre or literary fiction, have an element of a love story in them.
2. Which character really spoke to you when you were writing On the Rim of Love?
This is a tough question to answer because I relate to all of my characters - even the minor ones, but I’ll stop at the two leading characters, Maggie and Taylor:
Taylor’s character spoke to me because he leads the life of his choosing and refuses to compromise. Taylor has many good qualities, but some of his strengths are also his weaknesses because, at times, he tends to take them to the extreme - this conflicting quality is the part about Taylor’s character that I enjoyed writing the most.
Maggie’s character spoke to me because she is at the point of her life where she is unsure of her choices – both personal and professional, as she transitions into a woman from a girl. While I never had to face the exact same choices that Maggie is confronted with in On the Rim of Love, I can certainly relate to the daunting undertaking of making a life-altering decision.
3. Describe your ideal reading space (no expense spared here).
I will probably sound boring, but my ideal reading space is in my living room in my favorite recliner chair – there is nothing better than putting one’s feet up and getting lost in a story!
4. What is the area you write in like?
I do my best writing at my desk at home – that’s where I am most focused, but I also love grabbing my laptop and heading to a park on a sunny day – I may be less productive sitting on a bench under a tree, but the sheer pleasure of the experience is worth it!
5. What is your current favorite romance novel?
I recently reread Love Story by Erich Segal – this heart-tugging love story never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
About On The Rim Of Love - Goodreads, Amazon
Twenty-two-year-old Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking Jeffrey Preston for a year. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage to her a week after her college graduation, Maggie finds herself wondering if she wants to spend the rest of her life married to a workaholic TV show producer.
Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia she meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier.
Maggie’s attraction to Taylor is undeniable, but she is engaged to marry Jeffrey. Will Maggie have the courage to follow her heart?
About Marie Astor - website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre.
Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.
In addition to being a writer, Marie is an avid hiker, an excellent swimmer, a good skier, and a capable badminton player.
Currently, Marie is working on her next novel – stay tuned for details! If you would like to receive updates about book releases and events, please visit Marie’s website or visit Marie at her Facebook page.
Contest Info: Marie is offering a Kindle Touch skinned in her beautiful On The Rim Of Love cover art.
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