Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Straight Chatting with the Library: Margie Church

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URL: Margie Church, thanks so much for stopping by. How did you get started writing?

Thanks for hosting me today to celebrate One Night in Minneapolis! I started writing in fifth grade and a poem I wrote was published that year by McCall's Magazine. I've been a professional writer my entire career in marketing communications. I've been writing fiction since 2009.

What was the inspiration for your book?

The City Nights series was a submissions call from the publisher – Tirgearr. I'm already one of their authors so I saw the call a couple of years ago. The characters meet in one city anywhere in the world and spend 24 hours together. The basic premise is set. I chose my adopted hometown – Minneapolis – for the location and the rest is a typical work day for an author!

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?

Before I answer, I'd like to rephrase the question – what is the one genre you haven't written in yet that you'd like to, but have no talent for? That would be historical romance. I'm way too lazy to do all that research but I wish I weren't. My love for romance started by reading high seas pirate romances but I can't ever see myself writing one.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?

I'm not a fan of sweet romance. Those are the romances that make you fill in the blanks yourself when it comes to the love scenes. Those frustrate me. LOL I'm also not a great fan of books with characters that morph into unhuman things like Sasquatch or snakes or some other creature. Although I just saw the new release of Beauty and the Beast yesterday and loved it, Belle and the Beast did not have hot sex. I've written a pair of vampire books, but those characters didn't transform into other creatures and become involved with humans. They were wicked from the start and to each other. That part I really loved!

What are you up to right now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?

Yes, I'm writing! I'm burning brain cells on a collection of short stories – personal vignettes if you will. This is not a romance but it is historical and therefore giving me HIGH ANXIETY.

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color? Green – beautiful forest green!
Favorite movie? The American President
Book that inspired you to become an author? Shanna, by Kathleen Woodwiess
You have one superpower. What is it? To become taller at will. I'm so tired of asking tall people to get things off the shelf for me. I'd love to know what the world looks like at six feet high or maybe even more!
You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they? Hillary Clinton, Tiger Woods and Pope John Paul II. I know!!! Crazy, eh?

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?

Jolene from Deep Enough to Bleed. She's a fighter whose been through hell and back. Tough on the outside, she keeps most of the world at arm's length because she's afraid people will judge her about the reality of her life. She keeps big secrets and only lets an unbelievably small number of people inside that inner sanctum. Why am I like her? My childhood is something I rarely want to think about. In fact, I've worked so hard to forget most of it, I cannot recall very much of my life until I got out of high school. That phrase - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger - isn't exactly true. Just like, sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me…all of it leaves a scar. Be kind. This is a tough world!

That’s all from me, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! Leave a question or comment and you'll be eligible to win a $15 Amazon gift card! I'm curious about you, too, and I'll be back later.


Marine Major Skylar Landis doesn’t resemble the demure Catholic high school girl Vince Andersen once knew. They’d dated briefly until she patched things up with his nemesis, Ethan Standfeld. After school, she joined the Marines and they’d lost touch.

Their ten year class reunion in Minneapolis brings Skylar face-to-face with Vince, awakening her memories of the past. She asks him to plan a hot, no-strings-attached hook-up to sustain her sexual fantasies while her intelligence unit is deployed to the Middle East. As their adventure unfolds, and he gives her exactly what she needs, Skylar wonders whether she can forget the man who put her desires first and asked for nothing in return.


“When are you being deployed?”

“A week from Thursday. I’ll spend the week with my parents up north, then fly out of Minneapolis Sunday night. I’ve got to be back on the base a week from Monday.”

Vince knew better than to ask her to sacrifice some of her precious time with her family in order to explore their relationship. Is that what this is? A relationship? The idea startled him. He hadn’t thought about it that way until that second. They’d spent a lot of time exchanging emails and texts, building anticipation for this weekend, but Marine Major Skylar Landis had made it clear that this weekend was intended to bea send-off party she’d never forget. And that was all.

He merged into southbound traffic. “It’s got to be tough to say goodbye.”

“Yes, especially when I’m going somewhere so notorious for danger. It’s hard to make civilians understand the job we do.” She drew a deep breath and smiled. “Anyway, let’s make the most of the time we’ve got together. I’m looking forward to seeing a few classmates and, of course, spending some more quality time with you.”

The last remark boosted his ego. “Having hot sex in one of the premier department stores in the metro is up there on the quality scale as far as I can tell.”

“It was definitely a naughty way to start.” She caressed his thigh. “I think it would have been perfect if that young clerk had had the nerve to ask what you were doing in the dressing room with me.”

“She didn’t quiz you at the cash register?”

“Not exactly. She just reminded me that dressing rooms are for trying on clothes. Then she gave me a look like she knew what we’d been up to and showed me the tie.”

He flashed a smile at her. “I would have told her the truth.”

Feminine laughter filled the car. “Oh you would, huh? And what would your brand of the truth have been, Vince?”

“I was helping a ravishing redhead with her stuck zipper.”


Margie Church writes erotic romance novels with a strong suspense element, in keeping with her moniker: Romance with SASS (Suspense Angst Seductive Sizzle). Never expect the same thing twice in one of her books. She tackles subjects and conflicts that aren't typical in romances. Life is complicated. People are, too. Marrying those concepts makes her work fascinating to read. Margie was 2011 GLBT Author of the Year, and her book, Hard as Teak, was named 2011 GLBT Book of the Year at Loves Romances Café. She is well-known for her BDSM erotic romances as well.

Margie lives in Minnesota, is married, and has two children. Some of her passions are music, poetry, walking on moonlit nights, fishing, and making people laugh.

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