Thursday, May 2, 2013

Three Wishes by Paula Millhouse‏


Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Georgia where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal chapter, the Mystery/Suspense chapter (Kiss of Death), and a member of Savvy Authors.

She lives with her husband at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies.

In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters in thrilling romantic fiction.

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Abigail O’Malley wants to find true love…which is about as easy as catching a leprechaun.


Abigail O’Malley’s world turns upside down when a rival Irishman threatens to take her bar, an historic Savannah landmark, mere days before the start of the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

When she captures a leprechaun, her three wishes include his gold, fairy magic, and the mystery of her One True Love.

Will Michael McKnight have time to prove he’s up to the task of granting all her wishes before the bad guys close in and destroy Abby’s dreams forever?

Thanks for hosting my Lunchbox Romance today, Pembroke!


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
On a daytrip with my family I ran into a shopkeeper selling Fairy Charms. Tiny doors and furniture – the idea was, if you put out fairy charms, fairies will come visit your property. If they are pleased, they’ll stay, and protect you.

My Muse spoke up: What if you invite something evil in by putting those things out?

I don’t really do dark, so I noodled on the idea for a few weeks, and suddenly, a story idea popped. “The best thing that could come of putting out fairy charms is a hero comes through the fairy door to claim his heroine.”

Michael McKnight, a leprechaun rushed through the fairy door Abigail O’Malley put out for him, and my Lunchbox Romance Three Wishes sprang into reality.

My research on leprechauns revealed they were once huge, fierce warriors in Ireland. I took creative license and created a hero who has to work off the curse of a fairy king to reveal his true nature.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Two weeks to write, and another month to get it in fighting shape for my editor at Boroughs Publishing Group. It’s 18,500 words, and it’s designed to be read in one sitting.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
It’s the closest I’ll ever get to creating real magic, and granting wishes.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The outlining process. You gotta have a roadmap, sure, but I’m an organic writer at heart, and sometimes the outlining takes the fun out of it for me.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d be a famous movie star (insert your favorite actor here) because that’s another way of getting close to creating magic, and granting wishes.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Great question, Pembroke! A bottle of Traditional Mead my brother brewed last year – it gets better with age, and I’m savoring the day I open it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
My next Lunchbox Romance is titled Dragonstone. Dragonstone is a high-heat fantasy romance about an Elf prince who rescues a stolen baby dragon, and finds his princess along the way. I expect it to be released later this year, with a novel follow-up in the works.

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6 comments:

Paula Millhouse said...

Hi Pembroke,

I love your site - so many great books to add to my TBR list!

Thanks for hosting me and Three Wishes today.

I see you are a short story writer too. I like shorts - it's fun to escape for a few hours and not have to commit to a longer novel.

Paula

Bonnie Gill said...

Hi Paula,
I loved the questions. I loved the story. How can a girl not fall in love with a gorgeous warrior that makes shoes?
It must have been a lot of fun growing up in Savannah.

Susan Mac Nicol said...

Lovely interview, Paula. All things fairy and leprechaun certainly seem to work for you :)Lovely to hear about the inspiration for the story.

Paula Millhouse said...

Hey Bonnie,
Yep, growing up in Savannah, Georgia was great - all that history, and the coast, the beaches - too cool.
I miss the fresh seafood!


Hey Susan,

The Fairy Gig is pretty cool. I gotta tell you, I wouldn't mind finding a leprechaun and his pot of gold myself about right now. Abby was so lucky.

Thanks for stopping in!

Samantha MacDouglas said...

I love Michael, but then I always have a soft spot for the warrior hero. I can't wait for your dragon novel to come out. I think I might actually like dragon stories better than warrior heroes and often the two are combined!

Susan Mac Nicol said...

Great interview as usual Paula, and I love hearing about the future works you have planned. One day I might make it to Savannah....