Interview with M.A. Wardell, Author of Mistletoe & Mishigas

30 Nov 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Mistletoe & Mishigas?

I love holiday books and wanted to write an interfaith rom-com that relied sparingly on the holiday. They’re more of a backdrop. I also wanted to feature two main characters who aren’t often featured as the leads in rom-coms.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Yes! I adore queer rom-coms. Sadly, most are light on the spice. That’s where I come in.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

AJ Truman’s Hot Mall Santa and Max Walker’s Curse of Scales and Flame.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Without spoiling anything, I’ll say the nail painting scene. And the first spicy scene.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

My cat is often in my lap and I enjoy blasting loud music in my office, but not using headphones.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

You only live once.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

You are worthy of love.


M.A. Wardell is the author of the new book Mistletoe & Mishigas

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