Author Interview: With Maureen L. Bonatch By Aoife Marie Sheridan 

Book title: Destiny Calling


1.       Tell us a little about your book.

Destiny Calling is set in the ordinary world but has extraordinary people amongst them, and most happen to be gathered in the little town Hope is drawn to. The book is the first in a series following Hope’s journey as she learns how to utilize her gift while finding new, quirky family members and deciding whether Griffith will be her best choice for love or her worst enemy.


2.       How did you come up with the title?

My titles usually come to me before I even start the story. The title, and the story line, for Destiny Calling came to me from observing a payphone ringing that no one answered. I contemplated who might be calling and if the call could change someone’s destiny.


3.       What inspired you to write this book?

I become inspired to start a new book when I think of the first line. It doesn’t always end up being the first line of the book but it begins the story for me. For Destiny Calling, as I listened to that payphone ring (see question above about the title) and pondered who was calling I thought, “A month ago I’d stopped being a redhead.” Then Hope’s story began.


4.       Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

It’s a lighthearted look at how no one is all good, or all bad. The world is full of grey areas and it’s up to you to make the choice each day of how you want to perceive it. 


5.       Do you have a favorite line or scene from your latest release?

 This is part of one of my favorite scenes in Destiny Calling:

“When you said you dreamt of me.” I hesitated and looked at my hands. “What…what did you dream about?”

“I dreamt you would save me,” he said.

I looked into his eyes. “From what?”

“From myself.”


6.       Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve always loved to write. I can’t say how it originated except that my mother enjoyed writing as well and now my daughters do, so if I’d have to guess I’d say it’s hereditary.


7.       Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I look up to so many authors that inspire me that it would be hard to narrow it down to one. From authors like Stephen King, who have built a fabulous writing career, to authors that have written their first, or their twenty-first, book and write a sentence that makes me pause because it jumps out of the page while melding seamlessly into it.


8.       What’s next for you? / What is your next project?

I have several manuscripts in different stages. I’m finishing the first draft and editing of Book 2 of The Enchantlings Series and I’ve polished another Paranormal Romance. I also have two other stories in need of my time for editing.


9.       Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! Everyday I’m thrilled that my readers give me a chance to tell my stories. I hope my characters provide an escape from everyday stressors and let them enjoy a little bookcandy. My stories are light hearted, full of quirky characters and a wonderful escape from the stressors of everyday.





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