Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.
The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.
Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.
She knows he could destroy her.
She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…
Hi Maria, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I’m Maria Messini, penning under MM Jaye, a bilingual Greek native. I’m a certified translator and have been teaching the art of translation for over fifteen years. Writing was my idea of therapy when, back in 2009, my spirits had temporarily nosedived. Fate Accompli is my debut contemporary romance, the first book in the Aegean Lovers series, available in two heat versions: Clean & Spicy.
What were you like at school?
I started off as over-the-top brilliant but that lasted until I was about ten. Then, I was just a good student. I was the quiet type, hugely popular among the unpopular bunch. Yeah, I don’t miss school.
Were you good at English?
English is my second language, but I love it and work on it incessantly. I always aced my English exams.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I keep working on my craft, and I still feel weird calling myself an author, but I know I’m a very good storyteller. I want people to read and enjoy my stories. Now, if I end up making some money in the process, that’ll be great. But my greatest ambition is for readers to finish my book and have a warm fuzzy feeling of contentment lingering. I want my HEAs to make my readers smile.
Which writers inspire you?
One of my favorite writers is Anne Tyler. What she inspired is the power of simplicity. You can say so much in just a few words. I can’t say I’m entirely there, but I’m working on it. In terms of writing romance, I love Ruthie Knox and her complex, less-than-perfect characters. But I’m into discovering new, indie writers who set trends, connecting with them and exchange ideas.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
At 24, Monica, the heroine of Fate Accompli, is academically accomplished and could start her career anywhere, but she flies all the way to Greece to work for a specific company. Even though she’s a put-together adult, she’s so hung up in gaining Alex’s validation, she feels emotionally stunted. You see, she craved his approval ever since she was a little girl, but all she managed to do was make a fool out of herself in his presence. Having a despot for a stepfather and a doormat for a mother, made her latch on to Alex and never really let go. Only now, the feelings run a lot deeper and affect her on a physical level as well.
What are you working on at the minute?
Fate Captured. This is a novella, part of the Aegean Lovers series, which works as a prequel to Fate Accompli, as it is the story of Trish, Monica’s friend, who came to Athens two weeks before Monica. The two books can be read as standalones.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Monica is a redhead with a tendency to make a mess of things. I think Emma Stone would make a perfect Monica. As for Alex, a brooding Ryan Reynolds would do just fine. He’s got the right bod…
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
In 2009, I suffered a miscarriage after a successful IVF. I wasn’t in a good place. It was a “diversify or die” situation, and as I had even lost touch with my femininity, I deliberately started writing a sexy story thinking that if I make my heroine express herself physically, it would help. Oh boy… it did! That’s how Fate Accompli was conceived.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
That’s my biggest problem. Now, my life is graced with the presence of a very demanding four-year-old with some mild developmental issues that make her act like little Hitler. I also work and run the house, and by the time she goes to bed, I’m usually capable of only updating my social media accounts and answering my emails. I struggle to find time and energy to write, but having connected with many writers through my author platform building, I have found that writing when you’re a working mom of a toddler is indeed a very difficult task.
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
Yay! I’m a cover junkie, and I wrote an entire article on how I conceived my covers. I searched stockphoto sites, bought the rights to some photos and then outsourced the designing part to a professional designer. If your readers are interested in the entire process, here’s my article: http://bit.ly/1BkFyuz
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your book?
I do have a trailer, and I even narrated it myself. I’m really really proud of it. Here it is!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author’s Page: http://amazon.com/author/mmjaye
Any final words?
A big thank you for picking up Fate Accompli’s virtual tour organized by the awesome Tasty Book Tours. Greetings from Greece to you and your readers!
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
MM Jaye’s mother claims that she spoke her first word at the age of six. Months. As a kid she would record fairytales in her own voice, play them back and then re-record adjusting the pitch and tempo. Later, she used her voice to inspire young adults and teach them the art of translation. But there came a time when life took a turn for the worse, and her voice temporarily died out. That’s when she turned to writing.
Fate Accompli is the first book in her Aegean Lovers series, set on the Greek island where her husband proposed. MM Jaye lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, daughter and Kindle. Yes, it’s that important.