AUTHOR: Monica Collier
PUBLISHER: Red Press Co.
DATE OF PUBLICATION: June 29, 2007 (May 19, 2016)
RETAIL PRICE: $16.50 US (Trade Paperback 6×9, 20 per case)
PAGES: 400 Paperback; Also available as an Ebook
From the back cover:
Caroline Blaine, Navy intelligence agent, a woman of many talents and even more secrets, is paired with JAG Corps officer, David Reese, in this tale of international intrigue. They are to locate and recover stolen Navy property. Together they will traverse the globe on an adrenaline inducing perilous mission, combining their strengths in order to stay alive. In between aircraft carriers, super-sonic jets, and assassinations, they also discover that underneath the Navy uniform beats a heart full of love for each other and their country. Unwritten celebrates the beauty of marriage, the sacrifice of service, and the struggle to achieve balance in the midst of duty.
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Short Bio: Monica Collier is a southern bestselling romance and military fiction author. She writes heartwarming romantic suspense, with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Monica’s emotional journeys are geographic, family oriented, have strong female characters, and incorporate Biblical principles in modern life. Her books have been recommended by active and retired military personnel, Pastors, professional women and several print venues. She is the founder of Where Women Write. When she’s not writing, Monica enjoys helping others navigate the writing and publishing world through author programs via Red Press Co., her publisher, and traveling as much as possible.
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Monica was interviewed about Unwritten and Unbecoming by John Shivers. You can read her answers below. If you utilize these questions, please credit John Shivers.
Are these your first books? What is your writing background?
Unwritten was my first novel. I’ve been writing short stories and articles since I was eleven. I became interested in teleplays and screenplays while sidelined with an injury. Writing was my outlet.
What was your inspiration for both books?
Unwritten grew out of an idea birthed while spending time on Biltmore Estate. Originally I was going to craft a screenplay. It morphed over time and became a military romance novel. I wanted a story connected to western North Carolina. I also wanted to honor my Dad, a Vietnam Veteran, with incorporating the military in some fashion.
Was Unbecoming always intended to follow Unwritten? Is there still a third installment to the story?
I always meant for the series to be a trilogy. There may even be others since the material has so many facets and characters. There is tremendous potential for other storylines using different characters. I’ve been discussing movie rights as well.
What kind of research did you have to undertake to write so factually about the Navy and its related actions?
My Dad served honorably in the 101rst Airborne. He is a decorated soldier and my hero. Many friends and relatives inspired me as well. I had my own experience with being courted for duty, but that’s another story. Due diligence was required with listening, researching, and personal observation. I was also an avid JAG fan.
Describe your writing surroundings? Is there something that must be present or is there a pattern or such that “enables” you to write? Do you write every day? For a certain amount of time?
I write, in some way, each day. It might be my journal or a blog entry, in addition to a new storyline or work-in-progress. I have another novel in progress currently, Kissing Hollywood, and two more idea books going for others. Grace and inspiration are the two necessary elements. If I’m quiet in God’s presence, and enjoy walking around in what He’s created, I get inspired. I also get inspired by music. My novels have soundtracks. I list them on my website because I’ve been asked before what is on my playlist for books.
How long was the actual writing process for book #1? Book #2?
Unwritten’s story started in 2001. I finally organized my thoughts, and all the bits of paper I had, in 2006. Two months of writing and I had a novel on my hands. Unbecoming was initially started in 2008, but life happened. I finished it on Valentine’s Day, this year. The last chapter of the novel is so titled.
How do your book ideas come to you?
Life. You have to live in order to write. You never know who will cross your path or how they will affect you. You must be cautious with what you say, how you act, and your treatment of writers. You might just find yourself in their material.
What kind of feedback have you had for Unwritten?
Positive. I released the first edition under a pen name, M.C. Henson, because of the subject – military fiction. Women usually don’t tackle the genre. I was unsure how it would be received because I combined the subject with romance. We sold out of the first edition. JAG and NCIS fans have been great in helping to spread the word about both books. In 2010, I re-released Unwritten under my name, with restored content, as an e-book. I was lucky enough to get to meet two people, Mark Harmon (Gibbs/NCIS) and Muse Watson (Mike Franks/NCIS), who I think of as Sonny Blaine and Jack Madison, when writing. They both have a copy and know that their performances inspired me while writing. I spent a week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in June 2008, while promoting the book to coincide with Mark’s charity baseball weekend. I met Muse later in Asheville, North Carolina, during the Gideon Media Arts Festival, while he was promoting his film, A Christmas Snow. I felt so blessed. Don Brown, a former Navy JAG Officer and best-selling military fiction novelist, has been a great encourager as well. Many couples have also commented regarding how I portrayed a passionate marriage between two Christians. Romance novels often involve lust filled encounters between two disparate individuals. Marriage was intended to be a passionate affair. I wanted to write it as such. That being said, there are certain scenes that I wouldn’t recommend reading at work, as they may leave your computer screen a bit fogged up.
How did your one-word titles come about?
My hook is the last word of the novel, in it lies the title. I know how I want my storyline to end from the very beginning of the writing process.