Ten Things about AG Meiers, an Author Interview

We're a little shy of the typical Ten questions interview with AG Meiers, but we got chatting and ran out of time for more questions and she's a busy lady with a new book out today so you'll just have to comment at the end of the post or visit her social media if you want to ask anything else, but I'm sure you'll see that with follow ups, we get to know a lot more than ten things about AG Meiers...

Indie or Traditionally published? - Tell us how this works for you...
Currently, I’m traditionally published with Painted Heart Publishing, a smaller LQBTQ+ publisher. Writing is at times a pretty lonely profession and I love that there’re people at PHP who have my back. I can’t tell you how many times they have talked me off the ledge when imposter gremlins try to take over or I’ve bitten up more than I can chew. It’s good to have people, even for an introverted cat lover like me…

I still do a lot of my own marketing and social media posts, but there are a lot of the mechanics of publishing a book that I don’t have to worry about. It helps to make sure I stay on top of my busy life.

Do you write full time or part-time?  
Part-time. In real life I’m a project manager and I actually love, love, love my day job.  
Where do you find the time to write?
That’s usually the first thing I get asked when I tell people I’m an author. And the answer is usually “between always and never”. Like most of us I’m pulled into many directions. I have a day job, a family, friends and a lot of things to get done every day.
My favorite time to actually get words on paper is in the morning when the house is still quiet (yup, got a lot of pics of the sun rising in my social media) and then I’m lucky I’m married to a pretty awesome guy who is super supportive. 

Plot or Character-driven?  And then, do you pre-plot your books, use an outline, fly by the seat of your pants or some combination of things?  
Well, these days I write mostly romantic suspense, so it’s the best of both worlds. My stories are fast-moving suspense plots, but my romance is usually character-driven. 

For End of the Line I actually had the two main characters in my head before I had any of my storyline complete. And when that happens I plot a lot less, but let my character tell the story. So, I guess I’m somewhere between a plotter and a pantser.

The End of the Line is an opposites attracts romance. Jake is a lone wolf. He is guarded. He keeps his past and his secrets close to his chest. Con is impulsive, emotional and has something to prove. Con is like a firestorm racing through the defensive walls and barriers of Jake’s heart. 

But, I also equip Con with some solid communication skills… if you like your heroes to have an adult conservation every now and then, besides sizzling hot attraction, you’ll like End of the Line. 

What was the most fun about writing End of the Line?
I’ve been writing romantic suspense for a while, but I didn’t even know I needed to write a story about a bar as my central location until I started with End of the Line, and now I can’t stop. It’s like a writer’s dream. 

Jake’s Bar is a special place. It’s a safe haven—free of judgement and hate. A place to find support when life spins out of control. The staff is fiercely protective of their home-away-from-home. And, of course, a bar is also a great place to find the one and fall in love…

And writing Jake’s Bar is like people-watching at the mall or a busy airport—only better—because as the author, I’ve a license to invent backstories for every single person walking through the door. It’s not daydreaming! No, it’s what I’m supposed to do: WRITING. So, I admit I’m pretty addicted to this series.

Something people would be surprised to know about you
I’m an immigrant. I’ve only been in the USA for about twenty years. English, even though I have released 4 romance novels and 3 short stories in ENGLISH, is actually not my first language.

When people find out, they often ask me where I call home: Germany, where I come from, or US, where I live now? And in truth I don’t really have an answer. Of course, I love my family. And I miss them and I love to visit home and I’m just as happy to leave again. 
And in the US? It’s a tough one. Right now, it’s my home of choice. 

For my story, End of the Line, I simply borrowed my husband’s family roots. Second and third generation Irish immigrants, raised in South Boston and Dorchester, his mom is one of eight children, his grandfather a truck driver who put all his kids through college. When the entire family gets together, it’s loud, boisterous and yes, at the end of the night they sing… sad Irish songs. It’s true.

For Jake’s Bar, I stole some of husband’s background and weaved in some of my own experience as an immigrant.

Con meant to speak up, but he got distracted. The bar had been dark and crowded when he walked in last night, plus he’d been too busy freaking out, so he’d never actually taken a minute to look around. Originally, it must have been an Irish Pub. There was a row of high bowed windows in the front, three still with original stained glass and bold, colorful patterns, while the replacement windows were monochrome, gray and milky-white patches defusing the sunlight into a soft, hazy glow. It reminded him of going to church with Nana Conway, the last member of his family who could actually claim Irish descent. After her, it all got murky and American—ending with Con, the baby of the family, with brown hair, dark eyes, and olive skin.

What are your writing goals for the next year?  The future?
Next year? Oh wow, yes, uhm, I used to be a planner and think ahead, but if the last two years have taught me anything it’s not to try and plan that far out…right?

Right now!! I’m finishing the second book in the Jake’s Bar series: Crossing the Line 

Broken Trust doesn’t give Second Chances…
Holden Wright had it all—and lost it. 
Brent Northwood has it all—except the man he loves. 
The two men forge a volatile truce to stay one step ahead of danger, but is it enough to mend the broken trust between them?

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