You know those times everything falls into place perfectly, making you feel as if the gods might be watching over you, that they’re busy ensuring you walk into that bodega a few doors in from the corner of 14th street and 8th avenue, at exactly two forty-seven in the afternoon, after the lunch rush but before folks start heading home from work, to grab a water and some mints before your late afternoon drinks date, and even though you never play the lottery, for some reason that afternoon, you decide to throw luck to the wind and give it a shot, and even though you have favorite numbers – 3, 25, 4, 45, and 33 – you tell the clerk, “I’ll take the quick pick,” so he punches something into that lottery machine and out pop your tickets, you shove them into your bag, thank him for the water and mints, and head to The Standard, drink some whiskey, laugh a lot, kiss a sexy guy before heading home, and by then you’ve forgotten all about those tickets in your bag only to be up late in bed, legs stretched out, laptop open, writing a scorching love scene when the nightly news ends and that lady comes on – Yolandaaaaaa Vega! – to announce the day’s winning numbers, and you laugh because you suddenly remember how silly you were buying those lottery tickets but grab them out of your bag anyway to see if even one of them matches up, and HOLY FUCK, they all match up, and just like that, you’re a millionaire?
That’s how I feel about Meredith Wild.
She’s my lottery ticket. Because I don’t know how all of the pieces fell into place to bring us together and for her to like me and me to like her and her to share advice and words and editors and agents, but holy smokes it happened and damned if I’m going to over-analyze it. Nah. No way. I over-analyze enough shit, I’m just going to let the thing between Meredith and me be a case of dumb, stupid luck and enjoy it for all it’s worth, because so far, it’s worth more than I can ever repay.
But I say that all the time about Meredith.
What I have never ever said before is that I managed to get her to sit still long enough to subject her to one of my favorite questionnaires.
Yup. You read that right. Meredith got a little Proustian with me.
Because of course, after everything else she’s already done for me, she also needs to let me interview her.
Check out the queen of erotic romance, giving us a little insight into what makes her tick…
Getting Proustian With…
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Snuggling before a nap, on a cabana, with zero work obligations looming over me.
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I’m a perfectionist. Sometimes I think it’s my best and worst quality.
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. Which living person do you most admire?
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Champagne and hotels.
7. What is your current state of mind?
Overwhelmed. The usual!
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
9. On what occasion do you lie?
To save someone’s feelings.
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I have a policy of not cataloging things I don’t like about my physical appearance. It’s an unhealthy habit.
11. Which living person do you most despise?
The guilty shall remain nameless!
12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
Being protective and supportive.
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
All of the swear words.
15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
16. When and where were you happiest?
I always try to make today the happiest day of my life. Results may vary.
17. Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to be able to sing like Kelly Clarkson.
18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I have anxiety. Life would be much more pleasant without it.
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A very spoiled cat.
21. Where would you most like to live?
I live in Florida, so that may be my last stop. I love where I am now.
22. What is your most treasured possession?
Sadly, probably my laptop.
23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not feeling good enough when you’re trying to create something.
24. What is your favorite occupation?
Writer, of course!
25. What is your most marked characteristic?
From a young age, I’ve always been told that I’m very down to earth.
26. What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty first. Sense of humor second.
27. Who are your favorite writers?
Jeanette Winterson, Chaucer, Tina Fey, Herman Hesse, and a lot of one-off novels.
28. Who is your hero of fiction?
29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Maybe Sylvia Plath—except for the suicide bit.
30. Who are your heroes in real life?
Anyone who chases their dreams and is willing to face challenges. Whether that’s my neighbor or a celebrity, I have a lot of respect for people who won’t accept no for an answer and keep pushing themselves forward.
31. What are your favorite names?
My children’s names.
32. What is it that you most dislike?
33. What is your greatest regret?
I don’t believe in regret. Everything has a place and a purpose, even if it’s unpleasant.
34. How would you like to die?
In my sleep, with my husband, in roughly 70 years.
35. What is your motto?
Fake it ‘til you make it.
Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at www.facebook.com/meredithwild.