Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Mandy Baggot Takes Charge

I was fortunate enough to meet Mandy last July at the RNA Conference, and we have been 'friends' ever since. I'm pleased to have Mandy over to talk about her new book, Taking Charge.
Mandy Baggot writes strong contemporary romance and characters you’ll fall in love with. She is the author of five novels Excess All Areas, Breaking the Ice, Knowing Me Knowing You, Strings Attached and Taking Charge. In January 2012 she signed with Sapphire Star Publishing and joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
1)      Give us your elevator pitch (to the reader) for what your book is about? (i.e. if you were stuck in a lift with a publisher/agent and they said, what's your book about? You've got two minutes till the door pings - but imagine instead your selling to a reader, not a publisher - as you've already done that :D)

Feisty lead female and hot, gorgeous, intelligent and sensitive ice hockey player. Secrets, drama, fun, humour, love, all wrapped around characters that will stir your emotions.

2)      My 'Twitter' question - Describe your heroine in 140 characters.

Strong on the outside, vulnerable on the inside, loves beer, monster trucks and junk food, gets things done, can’t stop talking, fixes cars.

3)      Obviously you're in love with your hero - you wouldn't have written him otherwise - but why do you love him, and think your readers will too? No character limit this time!

Cole Ryan
Well, what can I say about Cole Ryan? He’s as gorgeous as they come for a start. He’s tall, athletic, has glossy black hair, dark dark eyes and resembles a young Freddie Prinze Jr. But he’s more than just a hot guy, he’s a sensitive soul with strong morals. When we first meet him he’s been through a very bad time and he’s letting those memories cloud his judgement on his future. He’s a deep thinker, he’s extremely intelligent and there is no hidden agenda with him, he’s a straight up kind of guy. Are you in love with him yet?

4)      And can you prove that all published writers are really human? i.e how do juggle writing with real life?

Oh yes we’re human! I am writing this while waiting for my washing to finish so I can hang it out to dry. Then because I spend so long with my bum on a chair I need to do some exercise so will be attempting boxercise a little later. Then at 3.00pm it’s the school run and I turn into mum, you know, cooking tea and washing up and doing spellings and reading (all at the same time!). My main writing time is between 11-3 each day but often it’s a case of fitting in ten minutes here and there!

Taking Charge blurb: 

Is going back Robyn’s only way forward?

American-born Robyn Matthers is going home. With her dad in hospital, his roadhouse in ruins and the ice hockey team slipping down the league, she needs to take charge. But does she have the strength to do it?

Cole Ryan is a hockey player on a personal mission. He’s tall, dark, hot and Robyn’s noticed! But can she trust her feelings - or his? And what will Cole do when he finds out the truth about her?

Robyn returns to Michigan and things aren’t quite the same. Her best friend has grown up and is thinking about marriage and babies, the ice hockey team is no longer the life blood of the community and her father is engaged!

When Robyn’s twin cousins drag up past events that hold painful memories for her, she and Cole are forced together. But are either of them ready to start something new?

With an ill father, a trailer trash almost step-mom and ex-boyfriend Brad desperate for another chance, does Robyn have time to contemplate a relationship? Does she really want one? And is it physically possible for two people to fall in love in just three days?

Buy here: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Thanks Mandy for popping along and sharing Cole Ryan with us! (We all approve of a bit of eye candy, I mean creative inspiration...). Good luck with your book. 

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  1. Great interview! Congratulations to Mandy on her new book.

    1. Brilliant answers, aren't they? As I write this I'm waiting... perfect. :D Proves how much us writing girls have to juggle.

  2. Thank you so much for having me Teresa! Looking forward to meeting up again!

    Mandy xx

    1. Yes, would be great to meet up again! I can't justify going to the conference this year... just so far away. With kids to juggle, and school, not so easy. Hopefully next year!

      You're not too far from me though... maybe we should meet in Bath or Bristol one time? Good luck with the book. Hopefully you might (one day) be able to return the favour :D x x

  3. Great interview, Teresa! Love the elevator and Twitter pitch question, lovely fresh angle, fast paced and punchy. Job well done Mandy, love finding out more about your writing routine... XX Taking Charge is teetering high on my ever growing Wish List... must take charge of that asap! (See-love your book title, can never resist playing round with it! Great job!!!)

    1. The idea is that then the writer/interviewee has to keep her answers short. Just from my own experience, I end up giving up reading an interview if it goes on and on forever. Blog posts need to be short... whatever the content. I try very hard to stick to that :D

      Thanks for stopping by, and following on Twitter! :D


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