Jen: Today we are happy to welcome May Woodworth to Romancing the Book. May, will you share a short bio with us?
May: Nature girl and avid traveler, May weaves her love of the outdoors in all of her fiction tales. She began exploring the US and the Canadian Maritimes at the age of 16 (with her mother’s concerned blessing), leaving her Boston roots to travel cross country and camp throughout Nova Scotia, the northwest woods of Oregon, the southern beaches of California, and everything in between.
She then “settled down” to (as quickly as possible) attend college. Instead of choosing one passion, she pursued careers in social service, early childhood education, and lactation counseling. She also took time to raise an adventurous family, enjoying the wonders of New England with them through all the seasons.
Throughout life, she has volunteered for countless organizations pertaining to ecology, wildlife conservation, and domestic violence. Her books contain issues relating to women’s self-esteem, parenting struggles, personal growth, individual empowerment, and of course, Mother Nature.
From 2010-2013, she released 14 mature audience romances (under a pen name) for a major mature audience romance publisher
HEART OF THE HURRICANE is her first audio book series, released in weekly episodes through BigWorldNetwork.com from Sept 2013-Jan 2014.
HEART OF THE HURRICANE was released in paperback, eBook & audio book June, 2014.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
May: I am currently in negotiations with a publisher to release my first women’s self-realization non-fiction. It targets the issue of excessive clinging, over dependency, and irrational attachment in relationships, exploring the who, what, where, when & why this happens, with emphasis on encouraging self-love & self-care in order to live a peaceful life (with or without a partner).
But my last release was Heart of the Hurricane. Here’s a short excerpt:
“It looked like you were talking just now, up on the cliff,” she said.
Eliza shot her a sideways look. “Talking?”
“Yes, you do it a lot. Do you pray? Or sing? Or what?” she asked.
Eliza chewed her lower lip before speaking. “I um, talk to John sometimes actually,” she said nervously.
Joanna placed a hand on Eliza’s arm to stop her. “To John?” she asked, peering into Eliza’s eyes.
Eliza felt her cheeks burn. She averted her eyes to the carriage. John Jr. stirred but remained asleep.
Joanna shook her shoulder gently. “Eliza, tell me.”
Eliza swallowed. “I, um, see John sometimes. Other times I just sense him. You know? He checks on me, on us. I talk to him.”
Joanna cocked her head. ”So how long has this been going on?”
Eliza glanced sideways at her. “Since the day he died of course. You think John would leave me to suffer? You know the man as good as any, Jo. He has a heart of gold. He’d never want me to be alone with a baby.” Eliza chuckled. “He even helped me pick the fabric for the curtains in the boy’s room.”
Joanna nodded as they continued walking, apparently speechless.
Both women were silent for the rest of the walk into town. When they reached the church, Eliza lifted the baby out of the carriage. He blinked several times before issuing his mother a sweet smile. She followed Joanna inside, looking straight ahead, not meeting anyone’s eyes.
Joanna handled herself quite differently. Despite being pregnant and unmarried, she walked toward their favorite pew with her head held high, giving warm smiles to everyone she passed. She even threw out little comments such as, ‘Lovely day, isn’t it?’ or, ‘I love that hat!’ to the scowls or fake smiles she encountered from some of the women.
After Eliza sat down and settled John at her breast, she placed the small blanket over her shoulder. She kept her eyes up front, waiting for the pastor to take his spot.
Joanna leaned into her. “Don’t tell anyone else what you told me alright?”
Eliza glanced sideways, a look of disbelief on her face. “Of course not,” she scoffed in a harsh whisper, one hand adjusting the shoulder blanket which slipped. “Everyone knows John is colorblind. Haven’t you seen how those curtains don’t match the room? If they knew I let him pick out the fabric they’d think I was crazy.”
Jen: Who is your celebrity crush?
May: Both Johnny Depp & Robert Downey Jr.!
Jen: Fave breakfast food.
May: Pretty much any home-baked muffins or bread accompanied by lots of black coffee.
Jen: Favorite holiday tradition?
May: Slow roasted Prime Rib on Winter Solstice
Jen: Favorite form of exercise.
May: Walking, walking, and more walking
Jen: Song that you put on replay.
May: The entire Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon album
Jen: Food you couldn’t live without?
May: Black coffee & ground flax seeds
Jen: What do you collect?
Jen: Which reality show would you want to be on?
May: None, but I’d love to score it big on Antiques Roadshow someday
Jen: Favorite genre to read.
May: How to fix things & self-help books
Jen: What book family would you want to be a part of?
May: The ‘good’ rabbits in Watership Down
Jen: Dress/skirt or pants?
May: Jean skirts
Jen: What is your favorite “reading” beverage?
May: Black coffee shots (Little 1-2 oz. portions. I do em all day)
Jen: What’s next for you?
May: What isn’t? I have a slew of romances, children’s books, and non-fictions in varying stages of completion. I write daily. There is never a lack of material. However, when my chickens are out playing, perfect hiking days, during farming & harvest season, it is a struggle for me to sit at the computer.