Thursday, March 19, 2015

Variables of Love by MK Schiller: Spotlight with Excerpt


Welcome!  Thanks for taking time to visit and answer a few questions.  Who is your favorite author?
This is difficult because there are so many. I’ve always been in love with the idea of love. I suppose as a romance writer that’s par for the course. I am and will always be a reader first. I don’t have favorites per say, but here are a few of my recommendations. I’m thrilled to have read the works of these great ladies.

I love Mia Sheridan because she creates unique heroes. I love Abbi Glines for her innocent and strong heroines. I love Colleen Hoover for creating that sense of emotion when it comes to first loves and the struggle of youth. I love Debra Anastasia for shining a beautiful light in dark places. I love EL James for making me interested in a different side of sex and creating a poignant story from that.

What was your first sale as an author?
My first book was The Other C-word. It’s a flirty, sexy office romance and the first in The Other Words series. I’m currently writing the last book in that series.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I write when I can find the time. There is no rhyme and reason to it. Sometimes it’s before the sun comes out and other times it’s well past my bedtime.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I’m a pantser which means I fly by the seat of my pants. Sometimes, it’s easy for me to get distracted by another storyline I want to pursue and not finish the first book. Hence, my growing collection of unfinished manuscripts.
I love The Mindy Project, Modern Family and Scandal. Oh god, do I love Scandal.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Anything by Kid Rock, but I also love Frank Turner and Rodriguez.

What is your favorite meal?
Chocolate with a side of chocolate. It’s the breakfast of champions.

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Set your expectations on real. The industry has changed rapidly. Do some research and ask published writers about their journeys first. Most writers will share with you the struggles they have faced.

What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?
I am a reader first so you’ll usually find me with my kindle, sitting on the couch, in my fuzzy socks.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like? In Variables of Love, my hero, Ethan, has sandy brown hair, blue eyes and a devilish smile. Meena, the heroine, is Indian with long black hair and dark brown eyes. 

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

Thank you for all the support. I would not be able to do this without you.


Variables of Love
by MK Schiller


Meena Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She's in her senior year at Stanford where she'll graduate summa cum laude, and then she'll begin her interviews...her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she's never questioned that she'll have an arranged marriage like all the generations before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan's sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn't know were possible outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn't hurt that he's charming and has the uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation makes no sense in the real world.

Ethan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small at first - to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve the ultimate equation to find happiness.

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“You’re a math major, so you understand the importance of balance. Every equation has to equal out, and we don’t. Not on any level. We don’t fit. Not as anything. Not even friends. Do you understand?”

Ethan’s eyes lit up, and his sexy lips curled in a playful smile. “I can’t lie. You’re turning me on something fierce with that math analogy, especially one so Euclidean in nature. Honestly though, I can’t say I understand since correlation does not equal causation. If anything, mathematics provides logic for my argument.”

“How so?”

“A and B are different variables, but together they always equal C, right? A and B are rarely equal. You’re implying that you and I are on opposite sides of the equation, but we’re not. We are both on the same side, working toward C. C represents the culmination of our friendship. But Meena, if we’re not friends, then we’ll never find C, will we? Don’t you want to solve for C?” He held out his hands in some sort of invitation to me. It was so adorably sexy I almost forgot my point. He is actually turning me on…with math.

I shouldn’t have brought up math to a math major. “Sometimes C has no solution.”

“Every problem has a solution.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but in the dark of night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, reading or writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is!

I started imagining stories in my head at a very young age. In fact, I got so good at it that friends asked me to create plots featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as the hero. You've heard of fan fiction... this was friend fiction.

I hope you enjoy my stories and always find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor.

love hearing from readers so please write to me!

Author sites:  Website

Twitter – @MKSchiller

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The author will be awarding three separate prizes: a $20 Amazon or B/N GC, a $10 Amazon or B/N GC and an ecopy of Variables of Love, to the randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Karen H said...

Enjoyed reading your interview today. Not sure if this has been asked, but have you ever written a villain who later turned out to be not-so-bad and was the hero of his own story? If you haven't done so yet, do you think you would like to?

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.

Teresa Noel said...

I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book

karin said...

love the excerpt! this book looks interesting :)