Our Author & Book Spotlight: Meg Harding on Inspiration and ‘The Last Favor’ (author interview and giveaway)

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The Last Favor

The Last Favor by Meg Harding
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reamspinner Press
Cover art by Bree Archer

 

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Meg Harding here today to answer a few questions and talk about her latest novel, The Last Favor.  Welcome, Meg!

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Hi and thanks, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, for having me 🙂 I’m excited to give readers a glimpse into the craziness behind me and how stories like The Last Favor get created.

• Where do you normally draw your inspiration for a book from?  A memory, a myth, a place or journey, or something far more personal?

For me, the inspiration for every book tends to be different. It’s whatever happens to pop out at me at the time. Normally it’s rooted in personal feelings and interests. I’m the type of person who, when I’m busy, thinks of eighty million other things I could be doing, and more often than not I get an idea that pops up, and I like to run with it.

• Are you a planner or a pantzer when writing a story? And why?

I’m a pantzer all the way. I’ve tried to do outlines for stories before and what that leads to is me focusing too much on “Well, when you started you said this was the direction you wanted to go” when the characters aren’t feeling it. I work based on what feels right at the time I happen to be writing it.

• Contemporary, supernatural, fantasy, or science fiction narratives or something else?  Does any genre draw you more than another when writing it or reading it and why does it do so?

Oddly enough, my preferences for writing and reading are different. I prefer supernatural/fantasy books for reading because I’ve always had a love for things outside of the box. I love the idea that there’s more to things than reality, if that makes sense. For writing I tend to veer towards contemporary. I’m honestly not sure why.

• Can a author have favorites among their characters and do you have them?

I think an author can. I do have favorites, and they tend to be the characters that are the most awkward and unable to understand their feelings.

• If you were to be stranded on a small demi-planet, island, or god forbid LaGuardia in a snow storm, what books would you take to read or authors on your comfort list?

This would be a ridiculously long list if I had all day to write it…. Off the top of my head, I’d say Falls Chance Ranch would factor pretty high up on the list. Gena Showalter and Lynsay Sands would be on there too. And anything by Margaret Weis or Tracy Hickman. Oh, and Shelly Laurenston.

• How early in your life did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since elementary school. I read a lot of fantasy and poetry when I was younger, and I’d tell these stories to myself when I was bored.

• Were you an early reader or were you read to and what childhood books had an impact on you as a child that you remember to this day and why?

I was. My mom and I used to alternate reading chapters together probably until I was 11 or 12. And before I could read, she’d read books to me every evening. Cornelia Funk’s books and the Magic Treehouse series are probably the two that stand out to me the most. I remember wanting to be Cornelia Funk at one point.

• What question would you ask yourself here?

How can you write normal conversations when you have such a hard time talking to people yourself? (I wouldn’t be able to answer, tbh. But I’d like to know.)

• If you were writing your life as a romance novel, what would the title be?

I Tripped and Fell.

 

BlurbThe Last Favor

Three years ago Andrew Wilson and Flynn Barnett were in a relationship, until Flynn made a mistake that nearly cost Andrew his life. Andrew walked away from the FBI, his home, and his partner, and started over back in Montreal, running a restaurant. 

Fast forward to the present and Andrew is knee-deep in preparations for his sister’s wedding. When an ex-colleague calls to ask for one last favor, the last person he expects to walk through his door is Flynn, in need of a place to stay. Only thing is, Andrew can’t say no. 

Two weeks of wedding hijinks bring back all the old feelings that have simmered below the surface. Caught in a cycle of fighting and making up, the two men try to figure out if there’s anything they can salvage. And even if there is, Andrew can’t be sure this time will be any different.

Buy Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe 

 

About the Author

Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF, and is completing a masters program for Publishing in the UK. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes.  In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.

Website: megharding.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/meghardingwrites
Twitter: twitter.com/cumberstone61

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A Stella Review: The Last Favor by Meg Harding

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Rating:  3 out of 5 stars

The Last FavorThree years ago Andrew Wilson and Flynn Barnett were in a relationship, until Flynn made a mistake that nearly cost Andrew his life. Andrew walked away from the FBI, his home, and his partner, and started over back in Montreal, running a restaurant.

Fast forward to the present and Andrew is knee-deep in preparations for his sister’s wedding. When an ex-colleague calls to ask for one last favor, the last person he expects to walk through his door is Flynn, in need of a place to stay. Only thing is, Andrew can’t say no.

Two weeks of wedding hijinks bring back all the old feelings that have simmered below the surface. Caught in a cycle of fighting and making up, the two men try to figure out if there’s anything they can salvage. And even if there is, Andrew can’t be sure this time will be any different.

The Last Favor was my first book by Meg Harding and overall it was  good reading. Being a fan of   second chance at love stories, I couldn’t miss this novella, plus I’m always looking for new to me authors.

The blurb tells you pretty much everything you need to know so I’m not going to linger on the plot more.

First of all what I liked: the secondary characters were the winners for me, I like big families like the one of Andrew’s, and in the chaos the preparations for his sister’s wedding, they were crazy, frenetic and a little protective and meddlers, just how I like families to be.

I liked how the author laid out the starting part, showing me how Andrew and Flynn met, how they were close in their relationship, and how this ended and why. It gave me all the facts soon, allowing me to make up my own mind on the characters. At the same time I saw their mistakes and their stupidity. Let’s be honest, Andrew is forty but a little childish, he should have approached the situation that led them to the end of their relationship (but not of their love) in a different way and not leave Flynn with nothing said.

What I didn’t like: first of all the verbal form, I often had issues with the use of the present, in this case especially it put a stop to my reading, a slowness that left me not so convinced of the whole story. At times I was a little bored too. Moreover IMO this novella needed to be more engaging, I wanted more of them together and alone. I wanted more explanations between them because at the end they overcame three years apart without even a deep chat. It basically misses a good tempo.

Still, I found The Last Favor a good story and I’ll surely read more of this author works. Something in the style caught my attention.

The cover art by Bree Archer is well done and so bright it showed me hope.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 124 pages
Published April 6th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634772490 (ISBN13: 9781634772495)
Edition LanguageEnglish