Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Guest - Maggie Tideswell

Good morning! We've got South Africa author Maggie Tideswell visiting us today. She's answered some interview questions and I thought you might enjoy reading her answers. Enjoy!

Oh and here's a link to my review of her Dark Moon

Interview with Maggie Tideswell

Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to?

No Lynda, I think romance is my thing. I don't think I will ever write outside the romance genre. Having said that, my novels all touch on other elements, for instance in Dark Moon there is murder and suspense, and in Moragh, Holly's Ghost there is a family saga and a ghost. The theme that binds each novel together, is romance. I would like to write a murder mystery, but there will have to be an underlying thread of romance in it. Love makes the world go round.

What’s your earliest childhood memory?

An Enormous spider in the mailbox. I was about 3 years old, and it was one of the high points of my day to collect the mail. I could just see into the mailbox. On this day the biggest spider I have ever seen had climed into the mailbox and was sitting on top of the mail. I went hysterical because I couldn't get the mail. My mother came running, thinking something dreadful had happened to me. In the end the maid calmly reached into the mailbox and gently pulled the letters out from under the spider. The next day the spider was gone.
It really was a big spider. Its legs covered the entire bottom of the mailbox. To this day I am not friendly with spiders -0 they have just too many legs. 

If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would it be?

For the Dark Moon cover model, I would choose Tom Cruise to portray Jarred. Tom screams military and as Jarred is a navy man, Tom would be a good fit.

What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer? How would you answer it?

I want them to ask me if being a witer isn't a lonely occupation, so that I can answer that I don't have time to be lonely surrounded by my characters for company all the time. I would also like people to ask me where I get the stories from, so that I can answer it is like watching movies in my head, that the stories really tell themselves.

Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you’ve written? If so, who is it and why is s/he your favorite?

All my characters are special, but if I have to pick one as a favorite it would have to be Trevor. He is such a creep. I love writing bad boys.

What themes do you like to write?

My most favorite theme is that nothing is as it seems, that there are things that are hidden. People aren't what they pretend to be and situations aren't as one perceive them.

What is the ONE novel you think everyone should read? And why.

I don't think there is one novel that would appeal to every single person on the planet. People are too diverse and their interests too varied. I think that is something that all authors must understand. At best one can hope to reach some people who will enjoy and appreciate one's work.
What draws you to write paranormal?

Because it is para- normal, one can make anything happen. I particularly like to include witchcraft into my stories because it has been so erouneously portrayed in the media and books and films. I deal with it in the more serious light it deserves without my novels becoming textbooks on the craft.

How do you spend a typical writing day?

A writer has to write every day. I write first thing, before I even glance at my emails. If I don't the day is gone before I get to it and then more often than not, my mood has changed and I don't want to write. So my typical day looks like this - I work on which ever novel I am currently writing for as long as it takes. I know when it is time to stop, but I have been known to work 18 hours solid, but those are special days. It's normally about 5 hours of writing. Then I will get to emails and facebook and other promotional sites and by then it is time to cook dinner for my husband. I don't like to work at night.

-- Lynda Again,
    I hope you all have enjoyed this interview as much as I did. Be sure to check out my review of her book, Dark Moon 

    Have a Blessed Day!

1 comment:

PM350 said...

would love to win & read!
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