Interview with Miss Mae

When did you first start writing?
LOL, this is funny. When I was about ten years old, some friends came to visit. We sat around for a little while, wondering what we could do to amuse ourselves. Someone mentioned we act out like a TV show and since I was an avid reader of Nancy Drew and Donna Parker, I volunteered to write our "skit". It was probably all of 5 or 6 pages and I titled it Midnight Horror... but we had to end at 8 p.m. (school the next day, you know!) and the amateurish writing was pretty much of a horror too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I can't remember the first one I read, but I do recall at being at only maybe 4 or 5 when my mother told the stories of Goldilocks and the three bears. What fun!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ah, happy to share this news! As Miss Mae, I'm an award winning romantic mystery novelist. Absolutely adore mysteries, and if you sprinkle in a bit of romance -- well, I'm happier than a bullfrog gulping down mayflies.

But I'm also M.M., a not so serious author. And I'm having so much fun as M.M. Under this pseudonym, I create sweet, crazy, bizarre, ridiculous, and FUN tales of childish --and for those folks not afraid to "feeling" child-like-- fantasies. The original book was/is "Ahoy, Gum Drop!" which deals with Gum Drop Island. This is the home of Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh who manages the only confectionary plantation in the world, and the only place on Earth where chocolate and candy is grown. It's up to him, and his oddball plantation helpers, to meet the demand of all of us insatiable connoisseurs of sweet delights.

Of course, though, something must happen to threaten his crops, and whatever shall we chocolate addicts do if there should be a chocolate famine?

After "Ahoy, Gum Drop!" I've written a sequel, "Ahoy, Out There!". This time, Yuri and the Mischaps gang go on a new adventure in another crazy, bizarre, ridiculous, and FUN tale.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a professional cover designer, so I design my own covers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This is easy to answer. I tired of working so hard on my own marketing and promoting, yet the publisher took the bigger portion of my earnings? That made no sense. Love being indie.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is excellent about putting my works out to the public and in so many outlets that I could never avail on my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having a reader tell me that they LOVED my stories. :) I don't feel quite so crazy, then, for conjuring up all these imaginings. LOL
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family and pets. Nothing like easing an overactive mind with spending peaceful moments with those you love.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Having a delicious cup of morning coffee!
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Dusty. With a noisy fan irritating me on the PC!
Published 2015-10-23.
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Books by This Author

We Hollered, "Don't Look, Dad!"
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
Why, we southerners believe all critters are created equal, bless their hearts. That is...well, there was this one time...
Barefoot Billy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
If there's one thing big brothers can be counted on it's to rescue little sisters out of danger. Right? And some of those ways can be downright ingenious.
Swamp Madam
Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Who is the madam of the swamp? She’s the one who loves the swamp’s wilderness. She’s the one who fiercely defends it. She’s the one who hates the swamp’s trespassers. She’s the one who stares down the law. There's nothing more you need to know except... Respect the madam, all ye who dare to enter the swamp.
The Timekeeper
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
An indescript antique shop. Set along an indescript street. Filled with things not borrowed. Filled with things not blue. But filled with shadows and secrets And one man who keeps the difference. Step inside Mr. Mortimer’s Antique Store. He has the one item you always dreamt of.
Unleashed
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
It's not a virus. It's not a disease. But it's a killer. And it's here, unleashed.
Ahoy, Mummy Mia!
Series: Ahoy, Mischaps!, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,470. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Mischaps ride again! Actually, they sail again. Into a dimension far, far, far away where you can’t find it. But guess what they discover? A prophecy! Yes, a prophecy about them! What does the prophecy say? What does it mean? Can the Mischaps learn the secret of fulfilling the prophecy…and destroy its evil, dangerous, stinking curse?
Ahoy, Out There!
Series: Ahoy, Mischaps!, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,960. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
It’s time to set sail once more with that confectionary plantation owner Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh and his crew from Gum Drop Island. Thrust upon an adventurous journey into parts unknown, they meet new, and not very friendly…okay, they’re some downright ornery— characters. Will our heroes discover what they seek? Will they save the day? Will anyone really care?
Ahoy, Gum Drop!
Series: Ahoy, Mischaps!, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,070. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
What if you no longer could find your favorite chocolate in your candy store? What if the store informed you they may never get in a new shipment? Imagine the horror, the chaos, the wailing and gnashing of teeth, not to mention your impending foul-mood. And then imagine this scenario happening on a worldwide scale! What can be the problem? What can be the solution? Audio version: iTunes & Audible
Miss Penelope's Letters
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 13,540. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
The letters arrive unsigned. The writer demands that Penelope meet him in one of London’s most ill-reputed and darkest streets. When she dares to keep the assignations, she encounters a man in a black mask who leaves her breathless from his stolen kiss. Yet he claims the reason for their surreptitious tryst is an honorable one. Should she believe him? Can he be trusted? Audio version available
Through a Glass Darkly
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,940. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.20 from 5 reviews)
Computer viruses no longer exist, yet Vexen’s medical transport is held hostage by one. The hologram engineered to combat the deadly program develops an identity crisis. An alien intruder is discovered stowed away in the cargo bay. And the evil, reptilian Delphan demands immediate surrender of her ship. Can anything else possibly go wrong?
Said the Spider to the Fly
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,850. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Copper Springs, North Carolina. Population 4,500. A picturesque town with quiet streets and tree-lined sidewalks. Nothing ever happens here — until the day that Mona Murphy returns home.
When the Bough Breaks
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,850. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Late 1960's. Time of the Vietnam War, hippies, fishnet hose, and mini-skirts. Add a flirtatious wink from the baby blues of 'love'em and leave 'em' Parker Shane and 16-yr.-old Darlene Moore wonders if she'll ever be the same. Winner of the 2009 P&E Readers Poll in the YA category, this is more than a romance tale. Suspense, intrigue, and danger will leave the reader gasping till the very end.
It's Elementary, My Dear Winifred
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,790. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Do bizarre mysteries only occur in imaginary tales? Winifred Merryweather, and dashing newspaper hound Remington Hawthorne, find themselves in the throes of a real life mystery. A dark and ancient castle, complete with disappearing floors, sliding panels, and spider-webbed shadowy corridors threaten to steal Winifred's very breath. Or is that the annoying allure of Remington's flirtatious charms?
Fated Destiny...Oh, Yeah?
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Prisoner 86's fate is in the hands of his merciless captain. Or is it? As their ship enters a raging thunderstorm, what bizarre event transforms their lives in an eternal destiny?
Catch Me If You Can
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,370. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Stuart Harrington's newest game, 'Catch Me If You Can' is about to be released. For Lois Steinberg, an evening spent at a 'Catch Me' convention morphs into more than just a game. She encounters intrigue, lies, secrets... and murder.
See No Evil, My Pretty Lady
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,880. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
1888 Victorian London. Whitechapel. Death stalks the streets. What if you were one of the women "Jack the Ripper" attacked, yet you managed to escape? And what if you knew he needed to find you and silence you before you identified him?
Dove Island
Price: Free! Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Second Place in the 2009 P&E Readers' Poll! A Top Ten Finisher! Christopher’s dedicated his allegiance to the Church. But that’s before he meets Roxanne, his cousin’s betrothed. Aboard the ship appointed for the honeymoon voyage, he fears losing her not to his cousin, but to a barbaric pirate attack. Will he live long enough to confess she holds his heart?