Interview: A. Meredith Walters

"Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes".

Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.

She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.

It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.

But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart?

After reading and falling in love with Bad Rep, I contacted A. Meredith Walters (New York Times Best Selling Author) and requested an interview. I was thrilled when she said yes and so excited to share with you what she had to say.

Now let me introduce you to the author...A. Meredith Walters.

JBD: What inspired you to begin writing?

AMW: I can't remember a time I wasn't writing. I don't think there was a particular "thing" that inspired me, it was just something I've always loved to do. My mother was always reading to me as a kid, so I think that motivated me to create my own characters and stories.

JBD: Who is you favorite character in Bad Rep and why?

AMW: Riley, Maysie's best friend without a doubt. Her snark and attitude is me all day long. Anyone that knows me well, will see me in that character. But she is also completely loyal to her friends, which is awesome.

JBD: Can you tell me about the other stories that you have written? Do you have a favorite?

AMW: Well, I have also self-published my Find You in the Dark series (Find You in the Dark, Cloud Walking and Light in the Shadows). It's a New Adult romance about a normal girl and the boy she loves who happens to suffer from serious mental illness. It's their journey through the ups and downs of his accepting and finally getting help for bi polar and Borderline Personality Disorder. I am also currently writing the Bad Rep spin off, Perfect Regret and after that I will begin working on a novel about a young man with Aspergers.

JBD: Which of your characters are you most like?

AMW: Like I said above, Riley from Bad Rep and Perfect Regret is me all day long.

JBD: Do you have any writing rituals?

AMW: I have to listen to music while I write. Before starting on a book, I compile a play list and then listen to it ad nauseum while writing. But other than that I don't have a specific ritual. I write when the mood hits me. I can't force myself to do it.

JBD: What is your advice for other authors who are starting out?

AMW: Just keep writing. And remember to write for yourself and not what you think other people would like. That's been hard for me. I get hung up on disappointing my readers, but I have to remind myself that I'm doing this because I love to do it.

JBD: What has been the best part in the process of sharing your stories with the world? What has been the most challenging?

AMW: I love getting emails and messages from readers who have been touched in some way by my stories. I have received the most amazing feedback from people who have felt a connection to my characters. The feeling you get when you hear something like that can't be described. The most challenging is perhaps the negative reviews. At first I read every review, good or bad. But now I've found that the negative ones (especially when they are nasty) do more harm than good so I don't even bother.

JBD: Share something about yourself that most people wouldn't know.

AMW: I am currently teaching myself to play the guitar. My husband and daughter are amazing musicians and I have always been hopelessly tone deaf. But I've been trying to learn on my down time. It's fun and I'm enjoying it but lets just say I won't be playing Wembley anytime soon.

Thank you A. Meredith Walters. It was so fun to learn more about you and I can't wait to read more of your work!

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Lori L. Clark

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