Jen: We start off this week with a visit from MK Schiller. MK, will you share a short bio with the Romancing the Book readers?
MK: I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but in the dark of night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, reading or writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is!
I started imagining stories in my head at a very young age. In fact, I got so good at it that friends asked me to create plots featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as the hero. You’ve heard of fan fiction… this was friend fiction.
I hope you enjoy my stories and always find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
MK: It’s the third book in The Other Words Series. This is Billie’s story. She is a girl with a plan but lacks passion. Evan is a man oozing with passion but he has no purpose.
Here’s a short excerpt from The Other P-Word:
I wrung out my wet tresses, twisting my blonde hair into a tight bun as I waited in line. I blotted myself with napkins in a lame attempt to dry off while I waited for my order. The tables overflowed with people who, like me, sought shelter. Only one vacant seat remained.
Where he was.
His hair was damp, not drenched like mine. A helmet sat on the seat across from him. He wore wire-rimmed glasses and was flipping pages of a newspaper. For a moment I lost myself in him, until someone bumped my shoulder, nearly spilling my drink.
The large-mouthed cup complete with saucer chattered as I walked around the tight space.
“May I sit here?” I asked timidly.
He tilted his head and smiled, pushing the vacant chair out with his foot. Observing him at close range was worse than viewing him from afar. His eyes had the same luminosity as melting chocolate. A noticeable white scar on the chiseled planes of his jaw made him look dangerous. The boyish smile that elicited the slightest dimple disarmed me. But it was the natural tan he sported that invoked my curiosity. It wasn’t orange enough to be fake, but the weather in Chicago hadn’t reached tanning levels yet.
I set down my tray and picked up his helmet. It was heavier than I’d imagined. He took it from me.
“Thank you. The other seats are taken,” I explained. Although a mere glance could have confirmed my statement, he just nodded.
He snapped his fingers and pointed to me. “Graveyard girl,” he said, a trace of a southern twang coloring his words.
I tilted my head, trying to keep my smile from reaching ridiculous heights. “Is that what you call me?”
“In my head, but now that I say it out loud, it sounds creepy.”
“Yeah, it does.” I chuckled, holding out my hand. “Billie Price.”
He leaned over slightly. The scent of soap and peppermint was even more pleasing than the coffee. His smile held the lure of temptation—the kind of expression that made ordinary girls feel exceptional.
“I know it’s a strange name for a girl.”
“I like it. It sounds southern. Pleased to meet you, Billie Price. The name’s Evan Wright.” He tightened his grip on my hand. I always thought my hands were awkwardly large, but in that moment, my right hand looked tiny, almost dainty, clasped against his powerful one. He flipped my wrist, kissing the underside of it, causing a shiver that travelled down my spine straight to my toes.
“That doesn’t happen to me every day.” My voice sounded unnaturally squeaky. Did they pump helium through the vents?
“Maybe it should.”
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
MK: Sweet – every story has tender compassionate moments.
Sultry – every story has love scenes. I wanted my readers to experience everything with the characters so I leave the door open.
Funny – In this series particularly, there are jokes and comical elements. My family always kids around with each other. If we didn’t, we’d know something was seriously wrong so I added that element to these books.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
MK: In my head, which is a very dangerous place for them, but so far it’s worked. The stories come to me in fragments from snippets of conversations, life or random ideas strung together. I always wonder what would happen if in this scenario with these kinds of people.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
MK: I imagine Charlie Hunnam as Evan. Keira Knightly circa Domino for Billie. In fact, one of her sisters actually mentions this in the book. For a complete rundown, check out my Pinterest board at https://www.pinterest.com/me1757/the-other-p-word-inspirations/
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
MK: I would like to say I love to take long walks on the beach, paint still life portraits of fruit, and attend the opera. The reality is I have two jobs besides being a wife and mom. Therefore, I’m typically writing or reading. Sometimes I get to watch television.
Jen: What’s next for you?
MK: I have several works in progress currently under way, I’m a pantser so I suppose it will be whatever grabs my attention next!