Monday, June 13, 2016

Welcome to MJ Compton and Omega Moon Rising

I have another guest author on my blog today, the charming and witty MJ Compton! She's a fellow author with NY-based Soul Mate Publishing.

She's joining me today to talk about her new release, Omega Moon Rising, now available on

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C: Can you share your inspiration for the Toke Lobo & the Pack series?

M: I have had a fondness for werewolves since Quentin Collins on Dark Shadows (a gothic TV soap opera from my youth). Then I read a book about a vampire secret agent and thought, “Oh, how clever! But a werewolf secret agent would be cooler . . .er, hotter . . . er, better.” And so I started world building.

C: Tell us a bit more about Omega Moon Rising.

M: Luke, the hero, has been with me for quite a while. I knew I needed to tie his proclivity for Internet porn and his obsession with sex to his conflict when I wrote his story. My wonderful critique group was not comfortable with some of the topics Luke needed to confront—one member even suggested I get rid of his fondness for porn, but his on-line activities had defined his character and played pivotal roles in two previous books. Fortunately, the story flooded out of me—first draft was done in 56 days (I work a full-time Day Job, too)—so I didn’t need a lot of feedback or brainstorming. Defining Abby, the heroine, was the tough part. You know the adage about the fireman and the arsonist? Luke was in to Internet porn so Abby ¬had to be a victim. But she needed to be motivated, and that was emotionally tough. Plus passive victims are boring. I also didn’t want her to be a stereotype. It helped that I have an amazing editor who asked insightful questions.

Abigail Grant has a secret . . . and a plan to keep her younger sister from suffering the same fate. Her strategy would have worked if she hadn’t been seduced by sweet-talking musician Luke Omega. Suddenly she’s plucked from the life she wanted to escape, but her new circumstances only expose her to a different danger—or is it her salvation?

Luke has a secret, too. He believes he can change his destiny through willpower—and a little blue pill. When he inadvertently gets mixed up in the Grant sisters’ troubles and his pack alpha orders him to marry Abigail, his family insists he tell her he’s a werewolf. But Luke claims Abigail is not his life mate. She doesn’t need to know what happens to him on the full moon.

Until he accidentally stumbles across her secret. Then all bets are off.

C: You had a long and colorful career in media, but you always had a passion for writing. So what do you feel was your first moment of success in writing fiction?

M: I don’t think there was a single big moment, but rather a culmination of many small moments: my first contest final; the first time a contest judged reached out to me privately because she wanted me to submit to her agent; having an agent call me at day job because she liked my work and had heard I was about to sign with another agent; signing with an agent (who subsequently retired); receiving a letter from an editor who’d judged a contest entry asking me to submit a complete, even though I didn’t win the contest; realizing I needed to redefine my vision of success; having a local library contact me to conduct a program on romance novels for their adult summer reading program . . . so many validations of me as an author. Or maybe it was the first royalty check.

C: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

M: Two things:

1)    Find a writing community and be active in it. You will receive tenfold what you put into it. I don’t know if I could have written the books I’ve written without the education and support of my local chapter of Romance Writers of America. These are the people who will “get” you. These are the people who will give you chocolate when things are bad and who will pop the bubbly when things are great. These people are your tribe. Find them.

2)    BICHOK. Butt In Chair Hands On Keyboard. The best part of writing is having written. The only way to have written is to write. Sometimes one must write through the crap to get to the story, but the only way to get to the story is to write through the crap. WRITE.

Here's a little bit more about MJ:
MJ Compton grew up near Cardiff, New York, a place best known for its giant, which inspired her to create her own fiction.

Although her 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting her husband, MJ never lost her dream of writing her own stories.

MJ still lives in upstate New York with her husband. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of her passions, and she enjoys baseball and college basketball, but she’s primarily focused on wine . . . and writing.


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