Monday, June 13, 2016

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Maisey Yates!

The last time Maisey Yates was a guest on the blog, it was for the release of her second book, An Accidental Birthright.  Fast forward five years and more than 60 BOOKS and now she's a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author! 

Maisey lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.


"I own your company. I own you."

Fury is all Elle St James feels when she looks at the man she once thought of as family. Apollo Savas has mercilessly destroyed her father's company, but she holds the last little piece!

Elle is determined to stop the stepbrother who is both sensual fantasy and darkest enemy. But their forbidden desire gives way to one illicit night that leaves untouched Elle with a life-changing consequence.
Now that she is irrevocably bound to Apollo, will nine months be long enough for Elle to redeem this brooding Greek?

When one night…leads to pregnancy!


Jan Schliesman: How often do you Get Lost In A Story?
Maisey Yates: As often as possible! Whether it’s a great romance novel or a TV series.

Jan: You have TWELVE BOOKS releasing in 2016!  Let me just absorb that for a minute. Okay, what’s the secret to being such a prolific writer?
Maisey: The secret is really boring. *takes a deep breath* Write. I mean, that’s kind of all there is to it. You sit down and you write. I have no magic tricks, beyond the fact that I sit and I write five days a week, and work at being a writer like I would work any job. It helps when you love what you do, and I do. It makes it feel like a joy and not a chore. SOME days it does feel like a chore, but I do it anyway because I like the result of the labor.

Jan: It was love at first sight when I met my hubby. How about you?
Maisey: I’ve known my husband for YEARS and he’s almost 8 years older than me, so I can honestly it was NOT love at first sight, since I was 12 and he was 20. But (small towns!) we ended up working at the same job when I was 17 and became really good friends, and from there it turned into romance.

Jan: Did you always want to be a writer?
Maisey: Yes and no. It was something I thought would be amazing, but realistically I thought…nobody does that! So I always had something else I ‘wanted to be’ too. I’ve always been a big reader. I’ve always loved books. The fact that I ended up a published author is incredible to me.

Jan: How exciting was it to make the NY Times Bestseller List for the first time?
Maisey: It was surreal! I was in Hawaii, on a 5 hour time difference to NY and so I woke up at about 6 and saw my editor had emailed at 4 in the morning with an all caps NEW YORK TIMES!!! in the subject line. It took me forever to process that, and my husband and kids were sleeping. But we were in the best place ever to celebrate.

Jan: Like most authors, you are writing while raising kids. What sort of balance have you found works best?  Do they help with the non-writing side of the business or do they even realize what you do?
Maisey: I feel like balance isn’t a destination so much as a constantly evolving thing. Sometimes you just have to spend more time working. The hours aren’t flexible. The deadline is firm. Other times your kids need more and you have the choice to leave the office for a day. The great thing about being a writer is that it’s made my kids see that with hard work and drive you can achieve your dreams.

Jan: I keep a case of Dasani in my office. What’s your go-to beverage of choice?
Maisey: Coffee in the morning, Diet Coke for lunch, late afternoon coffee. Powered by caffeine. 

Jan: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Maisey: The Disney resort in Hawaii, hands down. I’ve been three times it’s pure magic every time.

Jan: Will you be attending RWA in San Diego? The book signing? What’s the best part about meeting fans?
Maisey: I will be in San Diego and participating in the Lit signing and the Harlequin signing. When I meet my readers I just want to fangirl right back at them. My readers are everything to me. They’re the reason I get to do this incredible job that I love. Meeting anyone who’s read and enjoyed by books is very humbling.
(Note: The 2016 Literacy Autographing event will be July 13, 2016, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego, California. The event will feature over 450 romance authors who will be autographing their latest works.) 

Maisey’s GOTTA ANSWER: Anything with caramel. :D

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UP NEXT: Tough Luck Hero, the 5th book in Maisey's Copper Ridge Series.  

PREVIOUS RELEASES: One Night Charmer, the 4th book in the Copper Ridge Series. 

THANKS SO MUCH, Maisey, for sharing a little bit of your writing world with us! Maisey is giving away a copy of One Night Charmer and The Greek's Nine-Month Redemption to ONE lucky reader. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter for more details.

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  1. Both! I like a guy in a suit and in jeans! :)

  2. Great having you here, Maisey! I love a man in blue jeans:)


  4. depends how it's written

  5. Tough to choose, kind of depends on what's inside! :)
    A good suit might edge out jeans a tiny bit.

  6. Suit ;) though do like your cowboys, a suit gets me every time. Hi Maisey. Especially if a Sheikh is wearing it. lol Hmm Might need a Sheikh cowboy.... *whistles innocently*

  7. Great interview! I can't believe Maisey has 12 books out this year, that is so awesome. My wish list is definitely much longer now thanks to her, lol. BTW, I'm a sucker for a guy in a suit!

  8. Hi Maisey

    Woohoo you really work hard :)

    Either for me love them both

    Have Fun

  9. Such a tricky question, I do love a cowboy in Wranglers but I also love a guy in a suit. So it's a tie for me! :D