Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Q&A with Maegan Beaumont!

This week, we sat down with Maegan Beaumont, author of the Sabrina Vaughn Novels. Her latest thriller, Promises to Keep, is out now!

Midnight Ink: How long have you been writing?
Maegan Beaumont: Geez . . . a long time. My first real writing memory is from the third grade. I was 10 and entered a story I’d written into my school’s Young Author’s program. I lost to my cousin which stung like a mother. I still think about it.

MI: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
MB: I’d be a forensic psychologist. Why is a question I’ve always wanted to be able to answer.

MI: If you have a job outside of writing, what is it?
MB: I’m a stay-at-home mom of four so, my days are pretty busy. I start at 5:30 a.m. and don’t close my eyes until sometime around midnight.

MI: What is/are your favorite thing/s to do when you’re not writing or working?
MB: Reading is at the top of the list. We spend a lot time with friends and family. It’s summer and fruit season is in full-swing so I’m canning jams and jellies like there’s no tomorrow.

MI: Who is your favorite mystery sleuth and why?
MB: I really like Brenna Spector from Alison Gaylin’s Brenna Spector series. She’s wonderfully complex and doesn’t let much stop her. I like that in a female protag.

MI: Do you have a favorite murder case from a book (either yours or another author’s)?
MB: The book I’m writing right now (Sabrina’s fourth installment) is developing in some pretty interesting way. The murders involve some religious elements that I find fascinating and there are some twists that even I didn’t see coming!

MI: What was your inspiration for this series?
MB: I think my inspiration for Sabrina and co. comes from what interests me. I’ve always been intrigued by murder—what drives a person to commit it and how it effects the people it leaves behind.

MI: How does this book compare to your past works?
MB: Promises to Keep is a different sort of book from both Carved in Darkness and Sacrificial Muse. The most obvious difference is that Sabrina isn’t my main protagonist—Michael is. PtK is very much his book. We finally get a chance to see where he comes from and the events of this life that lead up to the death of his sister and ultimately, what leads him back into Sabrina’s life. Genre-wise, I’d say PtK is more of a suspense, rather than a thriller. We know who the bad guys are—its figuring out how they all fit together that’s the mystery.

MI: Are any of your characters influenced by people you know?
MB: I think most of my characters share personality traits with people I know. There are parts of Sabrina, that if I look at them objectively, I can see in myself… but if you want blatant personality hijacking, there is a character in Sacrificial Muse based on a friend of mine—name and everything. When mutual friends read SM, they always call or message me to say, holy cow, you nailed him!

MI: Do you have a pet? Tell us about him/her.
MB: So. Many. Pets.
We have six dogs—the smallest being a 4-pound toy poodle named Sadie and the largest being a 70-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback named Jade. We also have chickens—last count at 15—and yes, they all have names. We live on a few acres so, there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Jade and Zoe
Some of Maegan's chickens...

MI: If you don’t have a pet, do you have a favorite animal?
MB: I’m a dog person for sure. If you’re talking exotic animals, I’m partial to lions. We have a big cat park here in Arizona called Out of Africa. In high school, I was set to enter into their volunteer training program but before I could start, there were some land issues and they had to re-locate to a northern part of the state. A thirty-minute drive had suddenly turned into a 3-hour trek so, I had to drop out. I’m still bummed about that one.

MI: What food could you live off of for the rest of your life?
MB: This is probably really boring but I love a good sandwich. They’re easy to make and the possibilities are endless.

MI: Do you have a favorite recipe?
MB: It’s a toss-up between my pumpkin squares and my sautéed Brussel sprouts. Both recipes have been published, so you know they’re good! I also make and can my own BBQ sauce from a recipe I developed a few years ago.

MI: What’s your favorite part about being an Inker?
MB: My favorite part of Inker-hood is being affiliated with such a fantastic bunch of writers. So much talent and such a willingness to share what they know. I wear my ink spot proudly!

Promises to Keep is available online and in bookstores now!

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