Interview & Giveaway with M.L. Buchman

Books-n-Kisses is pleased to welcome 1st time guest ML Buchman to the blog today to talk about his new release “I Own the Dawn”

ML, can you please share with us a little about yourself
MB: I love to eat. Italian, Chinese and Mexican especially. Food carts, cheap restaurants, good ones, don’t care, I love them all. I love to cook, see same 3 above. I love mushy movies, I cry before my wife does, and also crappy science fiction ones. When I’m not writing, I’m probably talking about writing. And when I’m doing neither, I’m either out walking with my lady, teasing my step-kid, or riding around on the bicycle that I traveled around the world on many years ago during a mid-life crisis on wheels.

Have you always wanted to be an author?
MB: I came late to writing. I started my first piece of fiction at 35 while on a plane with my bicycle from South Korea to ride across the Australian Outback. By the time I hit the Great Barrier Reef, I was totally hooked and haven’t looked back since.

Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
MB: The authors who I’ve gone out of my way to read cover to cover (book 1 to book latest) include: Arthur C. Clarke, James Clavell, Herman Hesse, Ayn Rand, Anne McCaffrey, and a whole mess of Nora Roberts, Kristine Grayson (Rusch), Susan Wiggs, Stephen King & Robert A. Heinlein. Who influenced me? That’s easy, every single author I’ve had the good fortune to read since I first discovered the novel at age

How did you get into writing in this specific genre?  Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre?
MB: My first fiction effort was a short story about a freshman roommate who killed alarm clocks. He really did. I meant it to be a little non-fiction vignette. It turned into my first fantasy novel which I sold 3 years later. I love science fiction and fantasy, I’ve written a foodie thriller, and a half-dozen romances. I’ll always write in all three. It keeps my thoughts and my writing fresh and fun.

What are some of your writing rituals?
MB: Rock ‘n’ roll, usually loud (except opera on Sundays for reasons I still can’t quite ascertain). Anywhere. Anytime. I’m a night owl who will write until 2 or 3, get woken up by the book, and write more from 5:30 to 6:30, when I need to get headed out to work. I like a good piece of chocolate and a lot of water. I don’t get out of my chair often enough. When I get the time, I’ll write until my bladder’s screaming and my joints hurt (but just let me finish this scene, then I’ll go).

Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?
MB: I Own the Dawn, Book II of “The Night Stalkers.” (No, not vampires.) They’re a real-life, U.S. Army secret helicopter regiment called SOAR. Their fliers are all men. So, my series takes the nastiest helicopter of them all, the DAP Black Hawk, and I started putting women in the seats. One per book. Book II is about Kee (don’t be callin’ me Keiko) Smith from the streets of L.A. She’s learned that the only thing that serves her well is a fighting attitude and an exceptional sniper rifle. She runs over men who never knew what hit them, until she runs headlong into Bostonian copilot Archibald “Archie” Stevenson III (can’t believe they let people with names like that into the army). The one man she can’t get around may turn out to be the one man she needs, if they don’t kill each first. Only after they’ve faced death side-by-side can they finally confront life together.

How did you come with the idea for this story?
MB: My stories start from any number of places, a title, a scene, an image, or even a final scene and then I have to build it backwards. I started this book with a secret helicopter outfit and a tough, feisty woman like I’d never written before. I saw her clear as could be and I just started writing. Some books I just start and it is as much a voyage of discovery for me as for the character. It makes it immensely fun to write… and often immensely frustrating.

Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?
MB: “The Night Stalkers” is a series, and that takes some doing. About three weeks ago I: finished the first draft of book IV, did the copyedits for book III, and got to hold the first copy of book II all in a one week period! Made my head spin being in 3 different books so closely together. I’m working on a “Night Stalkers Christmas Story” that will be out this fall and the second book of my contemporary romance series “Angelo’s Hearth” (book I, Where Dreams are Born, is already available.) And there’s this SF series that I’m just dying to get to. (Day jobs so get in the way of life sometimes.)

What would you be if you were not an author?
MB: A pilot. I always wanted to fly. Got my private pilot’s license and was well on my way to an instrument rating before it was discovered I was partially red-green colorblind. Not too bad to fly, but not good enough to ever make a career of it. Would I trade it? Not a chance!

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
MB: Manuscript by a friend of mine, two more helicopter memoirs as part of research, a Lee Child thriller (great stories and a wonderful place to study character and pacing), the latest Susan Wiggs (because she’s just so fun).

Is there anything else you would like to add?
MB: Thanks for having me. Thanks for letting me talk about something I love doing so much. So tell me, what makes you stay up late and wake up early. (Not talking about the newborn, I’m talking about the thing you love to do.) I’ve showed you mine, c’mon, show me yours. :-) And please check out the contest page on my website: by following along my blog tour for the month of August, you will have multiple chances to win a signed copy of I Own the Dawn:


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Name: Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III

Rank: First Lieutenant, Dap Hawk Copilot

Mission: Strategy and execution of special ops maneuvers

Name: Kee Smith

Rank: Sergeant, Night Stalker Gunner and Sharpshooter

Mission: Whatever it takes to get the job done

You Wouldn’t Think It Could Get Worse, Until It Does…

When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.


M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, theater, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It’s amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. At one point he sold everything and spent 18-months riding a bicycle around the world. In 11,000 miles, he touched 15 countries and hundreds of amazing people. Since then, he has acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet, and lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit

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31 Responses to Interview & Giveaway with M.L. Buchman

  1. Texas Book Lover August 23, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    I absolutely love the cover of this book. First glance I would of guessed a woman wrote it. (I know I shouldn’t jump to conclusions.) I am interested to read this book and see it from a mans perspective.

    Thanks so much!

  2. Yadira A. August 23, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Congrats on the release M.L.! What makes me stay up late and wake up early are definitely books… if grabs my attention I will sleep deprive myself to read it:) Other than that it would be the stressers of the day job that hold me sleepless. Thanks for sharing more about you!

  3. Carin W August 23, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    how do you feel being a male writer in a predominantly female genre? do you do anything differently? thanks for the interview. Carin

  4. Marika Weber August 23, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    I’m with Texas Book Lover. I thought a woman wrote it. Major congratulations on the series. I’m excited that men are starting to write romance books. Or maybe I’m just behind the times on that. :)

    I love Clancey and Grisham but they don’t write romance. Well okay, maybe Clancey does since Jack Ryan is so in love with his country and would do anything to protect it and his family.


  5. Jennifer Bielman August 23, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    OMG, this cover is hot. I was wondering how it has been for you being a male in such a female heavy genre?

  6. erinf1 August 23, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Thanks for a fun post and giveaway! I love the covers! And congrats on the newest release!

  7. Nora-Adrienne Deret August 23, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    While not my style of book… I would love to win it as a gift for my Southern Belle daughter in law. She is a voracious reader of anything Romance related.

    I guess junior isn’t living up to her dreams.

  8. Marilyn Lopez August 23, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    wow i love the cover…. and the fact that the author is a man i have read romance by male authers and i find that i enjoy the perspective sometimes is a little different but i love what i read here… can’t wait.. :-)

  9. Nanee August 23, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Way to go …can’t wait …I feel lucky!

  10. Sophia Rose August 23, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    I always find it interesting how someone becomes an author and how their book comes to them. This series sounds really good. Thanks for the interview and giveaway opportunity.

  11. Aemelia August 23, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    This has been added to my TBR!

  12. Robin B. August 23, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Thanks for the great give away. Another book on my wish list.

  13. Maria D. August 23, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I have the first book in this series -The Night is Mine- on my eReader. Not entering the contest because I want the 2nd in ebook form also (OCD that way). Fun interview – I too love Italian, Chinese and Mexican food ….and walking – though I don’t get as much walking in as I should.

  14. Lona Stringer August 23, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Great interview, I absolutely love the cover. I Own the Dawn sounds great, thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  15. elizabeth gray August 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Loved the interview. I guess what would keep me up late at night, and has many times, is reading a really good book. One that you can not put down. Did that just this weekend. Can not wait to add this book to me tbr, I have the first one.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray

  16. Francesca @UTCBookBlog August 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Great interview. And that’s a hot cover!

  17. Victoria Zumbrum August 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I love the cover. Another good book to add to my must read list. Sounds very good.

  18. ML Buchman August 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    I find that being a male romance author, at least as far as the writing side of it, has made little difference except for one funny thing: I’m thinking about the other half of the relationship. Women romance readers that I’ve talked to are thinking about the man the woman deserves, whereas I’m reading for the woman that the man is lucky enough to get. I read and write for Elizabeth Bennet, not for Mr. Darcy. I think the love story is much the same. The fact that I’m a guy writing military I don’t think carries much weight, Suzanne Brockmann and Catherine Mann do the same. I think my contemporary romance “Where Dreams Are Born” wouldn’t stand out as particularly male in any way. But I’m interested in Cassidy and her story, far more than the wonderful man who manages to finally deserve her.

    The other shoe, of course, is actually being that male romance author. “You write WHAT?!” is a very common reaction. I get it in bookstores, at work, even at the local RWA chapter. They make me feel welcome, but I still sometimes feel that I’m disrupting something by being male. A female shared experience, with this guy sitting in the room. I observe, listen, and collect ideas for how to make my next heroine even more authentically female. :) It’s what writers do when they’re sitting in a room.

  19. ML Buchman August 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I like this cover too, though I never imagined I’d write a book for which such a cover is appropriate, I certainly have. And if you liked covers 1 & 2… Sourcebooks knocked it out of the park on cover 3 (just saw first proof). It’s awesome!

  20. Lisa Uranker August 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Another great find thanks to your interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. bn100 August 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Nice interview and cover. The book sounds good.

  22. Cris August 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m in the midst of reading the 1st book and loving it! Stoked to read books #2 and #3!

  23. donnas August 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Congrats on the release. I really like the sound of it/

  24. nurmawati djuhawan August 24, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    this i absolutely my style of book..i love the couple on the cover…sexy and eye catching…
    thx 4 the chance of win this great book…


  25. justpeachy36 August 24, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    I’ve seen this series around the blogsphere and think it would be one that I would really enjoy. Great concept and characters from what I read.

  26. Jen B. August 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Kickass chicks! I love that you write to loud rock music. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. pam howell August 25, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    I want to win! PICK ME!! PICK ME!!

  28. Megan @ Riverina Romantics August 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    This series sounds interesting. It’s new to me but I’ve put it on my list. I don’t read many mail authors!

  29. Maureen August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    It looks like a good series and SOAR is something I hadn’t heard of before.

  30. angel shaw August 30, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Very intrigurled to try this…it’ll be my first time


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