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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Welcome fabulous medical romance writer, Mona Risk!

I have the huge pleasure of interviewing fellow Wild Rose Press author, Mona Risk today. I LOVED her medical romance, Babes in the Bargain and can't wait to hear more about her latest release. Hi, Mona and welcome!

1) Did you set any goals for 2010?
Every year I set and write them on a card I keep on my desk next to my computer. This year I decided I will continue last year goals. A month ago, I challenged myself to write 1000 words every day for a minimum of 5000 words per week. So far, it’s going pretty well. I hope to finish a 90,000 words paranormal romance in two months.

2) What is the best part of the writing process for you?
Writing is so soothing. I love being with my characters. I usually prepare a brief outline before starting a story but often time my muse wanders in different directions and I don’t follow my outline. I love writing action scenes and dialogue.

3) The worst part?
For me, love scenes are the most difficult to write. My editor often asks me to make them longer. According to her, a hero should be a good lover—of course!—and good lovers take their own sweet time to perform.

4) What is the book you wish you’d written?
I have written every book I wanted to write. The first one To Love A Hero was the book of my heart simply because it was the first one to be published. But after that I enjoyed every book I wrote. And I fell in love with every one of my heroes.

5) Favourite author/s & book/s?
Roxanne St. Claire with French Twist (romantic suspense). Carla Capshow with the Gladiator (inspirational historical). Heather Graham’s old historical. And my books To Love A Hero, French Twist, Babies in the Bargain. I never tired of reading my own books. The one I am writing is always my favorite.

6) Tell us about your latest release?
My latest release is Rx For TRUST (or PRESCRIPTION FOR TRUST).
My heroine wonders: What is better, a truth that draws a tear, or a lie that brings a smile?

And my hero quotes Walter Scott: What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

My book is based on a true story.

Tease us with a blurb/short except

Short Synopsis:
Successful physician and loving mother, Olivia Crane fiercely believes youthful mistakes should be kept secret and skeletons are better left in the closet. Dr. Luc George, the French psychiatrist, she loved ten years ago, detests secrets. Can he help her conquer her inner fears or will he get burned by the past too? Will Olivia grab her second chance and finally find happiness with the love of her life?

An Excerpt presenting the hero, heroine and villain:
“Mr. Rutherford, what are you doing here?” Luc barked and stepped forward, hiding Olivia behind his tall frame.
I hope he didn’t recognize me. Her jaws slack, she cringed behind Luc, her heart pounding against her ribs.
Jeremy tilted his head to the side. She glimpsed his curious grin. Luc followed suit, shifting in the same direction. “I have to talk to you, Dr. Lucien. When I called for an appointment, this woman said you were with patients.”
“You should have waited for me to call you back.” Luc’s angry tone snapped her out of her panic.
Take a deep breath and count to ten. Still rooted to the floor, Olivia counted to twenty and then to thirty.
He can’t hurt me. I am stronger. Her fingers clasping her name tag relaxed, and then tightened again.
Yes, but he can hurt Melissa. Another deep breath. The stiffness in her back ebbed, but her heartbeat was still running out of control.
This is ridiculous. You need to get out of here, her brain scolded.
“I don’t have all day.” Jeremy shrugged, completely at ease. “Instead of wasting my time waiting for you to call back, I decided to stop by. I waited outside. When I saw your patients leave, I came in. As simple as that. Do you still have a patient?” Frowning, he craned his neck to look behind Luc.
“No. Have a seat.” Luc indicated a chair and gestured to the receptionist to leave.
Was Luc planning to keep Jeremy here for an analysis session?
Olivia was done cowering. Time to function and get out of here. She touched Luc’s back to push him out of her way. But Luc turned toward her, enfolded her in his arms and cradled her head against his shoulder.
“My love, I will walk you out.” He swiftly slid to the door with her nestled against him.
Bless you, Luc.
Jeremy burst out laughing. “Ha ha. I caught you playing hanky-panky with a pretty nurse. Don’t worry, Luc, I won’t report you. I’m an understanding guy.”
“Calm down and go,” Luc whispered against her ear. “Chérie,” he raised his voice, “I will pick you up in half an hour for dinner.” He entered the consultation room and closed the door behind him.
Olivia took another deep breath and wet her lips. Jeremy’s voice reached her. “You’re head over heels for her, you son of a gun. She’s a pretty morsel.”
A moment of silence. She pictured the sarcastic smile accompanying Jeremy’s condescending tone.
“Strange, she looks familiar. I wonder...”
Oh my God. Her bravado crumbled. She forced herself to navigate the reception area with a steady pace, but once in the corridor, she rushed and locked herself in her office.
Rx For Trust is available at The Wild Rose Press and

Contest Awards: First Place in Central Ohio Ignite the Flame; Second Place in Heart of Denver, The Molly; Third Place in FTHRW Golden Gateway.

7) What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine?
I like alpha heroes who are passionate about a cause and can be great lovers.
I write about career women who hide a soft heart yearning for love under a cool façade.

8) What’s next?
After publishing two romantic suspense books at Cerridwen Press, TO LOVE A HERO and FRENCH PERIL; and three medical romances in the genre of ER and Grey’s Anatomy at TWRP, BABIES IN THE BARGAIN; Rx FOR TRUST and Rx in RUSSIAN, I am writing a paranormal romance set in Egyptian mythology.

9) Where can we find you?

Links to buy books:
To Love A Hero: At Jasmine Jade

FRENCH PERIL: At Jasmine Jade ISBN: 9781419959240

Babies in the Bargain: at TWRP

Rx For Trust: at TWRP ebook
Thank you so much for the interview, Rachel.

Mona Risk writes romantic suspense for Cerridwen Press: TO LOVE A HERO and FRENCH PERIL and medical romance in the genre of ER and Grey's Anatomy for The Wild Rose Press: Rx FOR TRUST and BABIES IN THE BARGAIN, winner of 2009 BEST contemporary romance at READERS FAVORITE and 2009 BEST ROMANCE NOVEL at Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. All books are available at

Great interview, Mona! Please pose your comments and any questions, folks, Mona would love to hear from you.


  1. Thank you Rachel for having me on your beautiful blog.

  2. Hi Mona,

    I love alpha heroes as well. I'm very happy to see your medical romances. There was a time when medical romances were all the rage, then they fell by the wayside. I'm glad to see such strong books breathing new life into this subgenre of romance.

    And I'm especially intrigued about your new project that involves a paranormal aspect and Egyptian mythology. Be sure and let me know where you place that story because I'm very interested in it.

    Take Care,


  3. HI, MONA--this blog is beutiful--the couple on the heading is pretty nice. Of course, I know about your books, and I'm alwasy impressed with your unique talent to write medical stories. That's a genre not often seen, which makes them very appealing. The interview questions fit you very well--Rachel did a great job-Congratulations on all your books and excellent reviews--Celia

  4. That's an amazing goal, Mona - 90K in two months! Go for it!

  5. Mona, great interview. And great books.

  6. HI, Mona! Great interview! Loved your goal of 1,000 words a day. I might use that when I get through all my editing chores. Wishing you great success with your latest book!

  7. Hi, Mona. Great interview and I love your idea of writing 1000 words a day. I've been setting goals for hours in the chair, but maybe words per day would be more effective.

  8. Hi Mona! Lovely interview. I always enjoy learning more about you. Very interesting and I admire your goal setting. Maybe you will inspire me to do the same. I hope so.

  9. Maggie, I will let you know as soon as I finish the book and I will probably ask you all to help me find a title for it. It's a paranormal but so different from those I read.

  10. Thank you Celia. I am returning the congrats on your recent contracts.

  11. Barbara, I am trying to stick to my goal of 1000 words a day, but it's not always possible. This week I took a break when five highschool friends came to visit for a week.

  12. Hi Judy, let me know when you are ready to go for that goal. It helps to have to report your word count every week.

  13. Oh Keena, I can't go for 'hours in the chair' I may end up spending the time on blogs and emails. LOL

  14. Yes Beth. Go for the 1000 words. It helps to record your accomplishments on a daily base.

  15. Hi, Mona,

    I've never thought of writing as soothing before. That's a great perspective!

    Liana Laverentz

  16. Go, Mona! We're so proud of you for your hard work. That's wonderful excerpt and I know the book will rock!

    My writing is my biggest escape!

  17. Interesting interview and excerpt. It that's any indication of what the book is like -- Wow.

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  19. Liana, when I am nervous, sad or upset, writing is my best way to relax. Really soothing.

  20. Mary, thank you. I am glad you feel writing is your escape too.

  21. Linda, the book is really good. You will love it. The story and the writing are good, and I am not bragging, honestly.

  22. Hi Mona,
    I agree with you, writing is relaxing and soothing. With a cup of tea at your elbow and some fine chocolates close by, what could be better?
    All your books sounds wonderful, best of luck with them.