Q&A (AND Contest) with Hildie McQueen

Hi there!!! I’m so excited to have Hildie McQueen on the blog today!!! I met her at Authors After Dark this year in New Orleans, and she was a total blast. I know you’ll all enjoy having her here today as much as I do. OH!!! And stick around, because at the bottom of this post is YET ANOTHER way to enter to win a free registration to Olde City, New Blood in February (where Hildie will be a Featured Author!!).

1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I write with the radio playing in the background. Usually I leave it on new country. I love listening to a cowboy’s deep voice as I tap away on my laptop, which works perfectly for the historical westerns I’m currently working on. When I work on the Protector novels, I tend to lean more towards soft rock.

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I just turned a room off the living room into my office, but I don’t have a desk. Instead I bought an oval table. I love it. I’m a lone ranger; I don’t belong to a group but do have a couple of critique partners.

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

This is funny, for my last three books, I kinda just winged it. I freaked out when my first book came out, since I was in Scotland at the time. For my upcoming release, Where The Four Winds Collide, which comes out in January 2013, I’m doing all kinds of planning for doing a bunch of appearances and ads. I plan to be calm and focused. We’ll see how that goes. I don’t watch or read numbers, now that stresses me out. (ha ha)

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

Once I dressed as a guy, I was a bit too believable because a girl hit on me. That was strange.

5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

Definitely back to Scotland, I fell head over heels in love with the country, the people and the food. There’s so much I haven’t seen yet. I would take my camera, my journal and my husband.

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

Time of Your Life by Green Day, because it’s true, have to make the best of each day in this unpredictable life.

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

Wow, now this is a good question, I’m smiling trying to pick one. All right, I think I choose Protector Cyn Fraser. He’s easy going and a hunk to boot. We’d go on a motorcycle ride all over Georgia. That way I could hold on to that solid bod for a bit. I wouldn’t wear a tank top, you’ll understand why later on.

8) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

Hildie McQueen holds the record for the “longest and most extensive shopping trip…ever!” That would be the entry.

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

I’d remove “Buttocks”, that’s a silly word and I can’t pronounce it. I wanted add “Wonky” I love that word, but it’s already there, so I’m happy!

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

My friends love the story of my first long motorcycle ride on my husband’s Goldwing. I wore a tank top and it shifted, my boobs were flapping in the wind, truckers were honking and my hubby was waving back, thinking they loved his new bike. I didn’t know it because the wind hitting so hard felt like fabric to me. The worst part…we were riding behind my boss and his wife. Yeah, that story has been retold many, many times.

Bio: Hildie McQueen

 Hildie McQueen, author of the Protector novels, loves the strange and unusual, pair that with humor and you’ve got an idea of what her writing is like. She makes sure action, intrigue, and sizzling romance add up to an escape that her readers won’t soon forget.  Hildie is a member of Georgia Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. She resides in the beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and two unruly Chihuahuas.

 Website: www.HildieMcQueen.com

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 The Protector Novels

Desperate BetrayalAmazon  B&N

Desperate SurrenderAmazon  B&N

Desperate ChoicesAmazon

Where The Four Winds Collide – Historical Western – Jan 2013

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SOOO… who wants to come meet Hildie and the other Featured Authors in St. Augustine?

Don’t miss your chance to meet Hildie at the Olde City, New Blood mini-convention in St. Augustine, FL this coming February 8-10th. Need MORE of an incentive to come chill out with some awesome authors by the beach?? How about if you win FREE REGISTRATION?? That’s right… this week we’re having a blog-hop-style contest and you could win your way in!!To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form, AFTER you answer the blog question in the comments below. All of the featured bloggers for the event will be hosting special guests from Olde City, New Blood this week (September 30th – October 6th) and every post is another chance for you to enter to win. There will be additional chances to enter at some of the featured authors’ websites, as well. There will be 3 winners, who will be chosen randomly from all entries, announced on October 7th. (Winners will be responsible for their travel and hotel costs, but their registration fees will be covered by the mini-con!!) For a complete list of blog posts and extra author entries, please see the official contest announcement on the website.

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