Guest Author Maria Hammarblad

 

Thank you for welcoming me to the blog, I am delighted to be here!

Right now, I’m on a writing spree. It’s a good thing because I get a lot done, but real life becomes very annoying. I have fun with the imaginary people in my mind, and people want me to DO stuff. Like… Go to work. Have they no shame?

Besides a daytime job I’m enrolled at a local college, working on a Bachelor’s degree. As a writer I normally don’t have problems with scribbling papers together on short notice and at a high pace, but when I’m writing… Should I make sure the heroine survives and can live happily ever after (or at least until the next book), or should I write about negotiating problems in the Israeli crisis? Hmm. Surely, negotiations can wait just a little while I make sure everything turns out right in my imaginary future? Financial comparisons of Apple and Acer? Who cares? There’s an alien invasion going on in my mind, and if I don’t pay attention, humanity might lose! When I can’t put it off anymore, I write something quick, send it in, and hope for the best.

Luckily, the people closest to me are used to my sudden and intense bursts of typing. My husband tries to talk to me, and knows it’s time to give up when I’ve answered, “Mm-hmm” a few times. Today he poked my shoulder and said, “Your phone’s ringing.”

I’m sure my face was pretty blank when I looked up. He tried again. “Phone. It’s ringing.”

“Oh yes, it is.” Back to typing.

“Well, aren’t you going to answer?”

“I’m sure it’s someone selling something. If not, they’ll leave a message.”

The world will move on without me. It won’t stop spinning because I stop paying attention for a few days or weeks. The imaginary universes in my mind might not be so lucky.

It’s a good thing I have dogs. If they want attention, they want attention, and they don’t care about computers, pens, and notepads. They sense when mommy needs a reality check, and if I don’t snap out of it, they just paw at the keyboard until the screen is filled with “kjliijiojikokkojk.” I need to put more dogs in my books. Thus far I’ve had cats and a supernatural pooch with three heads. I need to write a companion dog. They’re remarkable beings, maybe too remarkable for me to capture them in print.

 

 

Undercover
Maria Hammarblad
 
Genre: Romantic suspense
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
 
ISBN: 978-1-61252-216-6
ASIN: B0098TGWTW
 
Word Count: 77000
 
Cover Artist: Gwen Phifer
 
 
 
Book Description:
 
When Jenny Moore meets Alexei Roshenko, it’s love at first sight. The tall, dark and handsome stranger appears to be the answer to every romantic fantasy any woman ever had. There is however more to him than meets the eye, and a dark and violent past is catching up with him. When Jenny decides to follow him back to Russia, she gets entangled in a web of deceit and secrets beyond her wildest imagination.
 
 
Author Bio:

Born in Sweden in the early 1970’s, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, “The Sun Book.” They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother’s horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.
 
As an adult Maria’s creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.
 
Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.
 
Upcoming releases
 
Flashback, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing June 2013
Operation Earth, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing August 2013
Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013
 
Fun Facts
 
Favorite color:              Blue
Favorite food:               Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn’t eat:                  Mammals
Favorite TV Show:        Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal:            Border Collie
Quotes:            “Full Speed Ahead” and “Caffeine is good for you”
 
Find Maria on the web

Website:                       http://www.hammarblad.com
 
Facebook:                     https://www.facebook.com/mariahammarblad
 
Blog:                            http://www.scifiromance.info
 
Twitter:                        @mariahammarblad

Goodreads:                   http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4114780.Maria_Hammarblad
 
Publisher’s website:       http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com