Q&A with Maisey Yates, Take Me, Cowboy

How did you first get started writing romance?

I had always fiddled around with writing, but didn't know what I wanted to write until I picked up my first Harlequin Presents. That was when it clicked for me. So really, I started writing romance almost as soon as I started reading it. I fell in love, and that was it.

If you could be any villain from your favorite novel, who would you choose and why?

I think I would have to be Narcissa Malfoy, from Harry Potter. Just because she has awesome hair and I have a thing for Lucius. (Well, as played by Jason Isaacs)

Out of all the books you’ve read, which one would you turn into a book to film adaptation, (if it has not been done before)?

That's a hard one. I'm going to have to go with Megan Crane's Edge of Obsession. I love the world that she's created in that series, and I would really enjoy a chance to see these dystopian Vikings on screen.

List five adjectives to describe yourself.

Caffeinated. Busy. Creative. Hungry (typically). Bad dancer.  

What’s your favorite place for inspiration?

I get inspiration from everywhere. Music, the view, good weather, bad weather. That's the great thing about writing. If you really look around, and listen, inspiration is everywhere.

Do you have one thing that can completely distract you while writing?

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My virtual social life. I have a few friends that I text way too often. And I can get involved in a conversation and forget that I'm supposed to be on task.

What is your trick to getting over “Writers Block”?

Writing through it. That's the only way I know to solve a problem with the book. If I leave it for too long, it becomes easier to stay away from it. I have to face it head on, or avoidance can become an issue.

When it comes to book covers, what inspires you?

Pinterest. I put together a board of visual inspiration when I plot my books, and then I usually send that board to the publisher.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

None of my characters are ever me exactly. But, I definitely borrow from real-life experiences and feelings. Particularly various issues and insecurities, though, I usually apply them to situations I've never been in, just to keep it removed.

If you could ask any character in Take Me, Cowboy a question, what would it be?

I would ask Anna where she got her great collection of old musicals on Blu-ray.

What are you working on next?

Right now I'm working on finishing up edits for Tough Luck Hero, and upcoming book in my Copper Ridge series.