Introducing Monique McDonell, Author, Self-publisher and all-’round lovely person

Today I am delighted to introduce Monique McDonell, another author I have had the pleasure of meeting through the Romance Writers of Australia.

Monique writes charming, cheering chick-lit and contemporary romance and is currently celebrating the release of her second novel, Hearts Afire.

Hearts Afire contains, apparently, a jilted bride, a sexy fireman, a tropical island, a fear of the ocean, a fear of commitment, a new neighbour, an old flame and a secret identity – which sounds like excellent value for money! 😉  I haven’t read this one yet (it’s on the Kindle TBR pile) but I did read her first one, Mr Right and other Mongrels and liked it a lot.  It’s perfect curl-up-on-the-couch or take-to-the-beach reading; characters you like, situations you can identify with and just enough trouble to make it fun.  I like a gritty crime novel as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice to forget about man’s inhumanity to man and escape into a story.  Monique’s books are great for that.

But this post is not just about the contents of her books, lovely though they are.  Monique has produced both of these titles herself and as a newly published author (with a traditional publisher, although a new digital imprint of that publisher), I’m very interested in the process of self-publishing.  I thought you might be interested too and since she’s a lovely person, Monique was kind enough to answer my questions.  So here we go; interview time!

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Friday Favourites eschews ranting and goes for links instead

I wrote a post for today, I really did.  It was ranty and long and potentially controversial – all those things that ‘they’ say blog posts should be, to get attention and make a name.  With the possible exception of the long.  I don’t know what they say about long.

But then I looked over at my bedside table.  On the top of the pile of books is a copy of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.  He was a Stoic, was Marcus; a philosopher.  And one of the principles of Stoicism is not to fret about things over which one has no control.

It’s a good principle.

Another one is that happiness is achieved, not by lusting after what one does not have, but by being satisfied with what one does have.

So instead of posting my rant, I have put it and the angst that goes with it away and instead I am going to share with you some of the great articles I have found in my cruising of the interwebs this week. (And a completely random picture of ‘The Dish’ at Parkes, just because I like it!)

First, an article from the NYTimes about how scientists have been staggered to discover that fitness matters more than weight and that fat people with certain conditions are actually more likely to live longer than thin people with the same health conditions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/health/research/more-data-suggests-fitness-matters-more-than-weight.html?_r=2&ref=health

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Look! I have a proper picture!

A while ago, when I started blogging and tweeting and all that jazz, I realised that the only headshot I had of myself was one I took with a webcam.  Consequently, that is the one I have been using as my web identifier.

Now, while the web-cam shot is passable at thumbnail size, I hope the time will come when I need a photo for the back of a book (oh, happy day!) so recently, I decided the time had come to do a little better.

So, with great fear and trembling, I took myself to the hairdresser and the makeup lady and the professional photographer and had some pictures took.

The photo above is the result.  I have some other nice ones too, but this is the one I think I’ll use to replace the web-cam one.

What do you think?

Oh and if you want a proper Monday writing post, Friday’s Wordfest sort of turned in one. It’s here, if you’re interested!