EQ Welcomes Missy Martine!
Author Interview Series
EQ: What has been the most exquisite moment of your life?
Missy: I spent twenty years of my life in a bad relationship. I lived with a man who convinced me that nothing about me was special, or worth loving. When I finally pulled together the courage to leave him I was convinced I would be alone for the rest of my life, and that was okay. Being alone is so much better than being lonely, and hurt. I was content living alone for the first time in my life when my best friend introduced me to the internet. It was an inexpensive way for us to keep in touch since she lived in another state. She directed me to a site called Friendfinders. They had this ridiculous chat room that looked like the ocean. You choose the color fish you wanted to be and then your words appeared under that fish. I thought it was ridiculous. They had other, more dignified chat rooms, but my friend loved the fish. One afternoon the ocean room was down so I logged into one of their other rooms just to see what it was like. There were two people chatting when I signed in. I lurked, watching their words, until nigel1960 brought me into the conversation. He showed real interest in what I had to say on many different subjects and pretty soon, we were chatting alone. That was in May of 1997. We exchanged email addresses and wrote long letters daily for the next month. Then, we exchanged phone numbers and our phone bills soared. He was living in Oklahoma and I was in Tennessee. In November we made the decision to meet face-to-face with each of us driving halfway. When we met in West Memphis, Arkansas we were already in love even though neither of us had seen the other’s face. I moved to Oklahoma in December and we were married the following July. We’re still together today. He’s my true soul mate in every sense of the word. I consider Nigel’s first message in that chat room as the most exquisite moment of my life.
EQ: Which of your characters do you most connect with and why?
Missy: I feel the closest to Cass Abernathy, the main character of “Table for Three”. That book was loosely based on my own first marriage. Like Cass, I had an abusive husband that pretty much controlled my life. I wanted people to understand that it’s never too late to turn your life around and find real love. You just have to be willing to open your heart to the possibility. Like Cass, I was reluctant to move on and have new experiences. And, like Cass, I found myself falling in love with a much younger man. The biggest difference in her story and mine—I ended up with one younger husband while she ended up with identical twins!
EQ: Describe how you came up with the plot of your novel.
Missy: All of my books have been different, but developing “Anna Doubles Down” is perhaps the most interesting. My husband and I were on vacation, taking our Jeep off-road all over Nevada. We stumbled across the sign for the ghost town of Hamilton by accident and couldn’t resist exploring it. There’s practically nothing left of the town itself. But the old dirt roads still remain and I followed one of them to the Belmont Mill while hubby explored the town’s old cemetery. The mill was still standing, at least most of it was. The windows were all broken out while the ropes from the ore car still ran from the top floor, over the tops of the trees, disappearing up the side of the mountain where the Seligman mine was located. It was eerie, standing there, listening to the wind. The upper floors of the old barracks had shadows I couldn’t explain, and it seemed as if the old building was whispering. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so alone. Then I began wondering what it must have been like to live back when the mill was full of hopeful young men, each yearning to make his fortune. I walked further down the road and stopped to listen to the sounds of the woods and the idea came to me. What would I do if I suddenly woke up in 1871 with all of my knowledge of the future? By the time I made it back to the cemetery, and my husband, Anna had been born. I took the names of the former residents of Hamilton from the headstones, and we headed home so I could begin my research on the old town. Many of the characters I created actually lived during the time I based the book. And that’s how “Anna Doubles Down” became a story.
EQ: Tell us about your most recent release.
Missy: My most recent release is the second book in my new Wind River Pack series. It’s called “An Officer and Two Gentlemen.” The series picks up twenty-five years after the last book of the Wolfen Heritage series with the children of the alpha’s family. In this book, Synia Wind River and Kinnith Kowana are asked to travel to Tennessee to protect a young woman. She’s the daughter of a close friend of the leader of the shifter’s National Council. Despite the fact that one of them is a wolf and one a falcon, the two men are mates. They’ve kept it secret fearing their pack won’t accept them. Both are surprised when they meet Kati and discover she’s also their mate.
Katherine Mathews is a New York policewoman who’s hiding out in Tennessee while she recovers from a gunshot wound she received in an undercover operation. She managed to take out her assailant, but he was the oldest son of the head of the biggest drug syndicate in New York and they want revenge. When she meets the bodyguards her father sends, she’s astounded. She’s just learning to accept their differences when her enemies make their move. She’ll have to make a hard choice to keep her new family safe.
Check out Missy's Books:
Table for Three
Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage
Denying His Wolfen Heritage
Changing Their Wolfen Heritage
Catch Her When She Falls
The Magic in Her Gift
Anna Doubles Down
When Kat’s Away
My Chameleon Loves
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