If you are sitting comfortably, would you like to tell me a little about yourself?
I live in the UK with my husband who is a keen DIY man (which keeps him out of my hair when I am writing). I have a son (who now lives in the U.S.) and a daughter, and two wonderful grandchildren. So my life is happily fulfilled.
What was the first story you wrote?
Writing was not something I’d ever thought about but one morning I woke up with an idea in my mind for a short story. I have no idea where it came from but I started writing it that very day. (I had an office job with plenty of spare time so I did it all at work. How lucky was that?) Gradually my short story turned into a full scale novel. Since I didn’t know how good it was I joined my local writer’s circle and was fortunate that the lady who ran it was a Mills & Boon writer. She took me under her wing and after some (actually considerable) re-writing I sent it off to M&B. They didn’t accept it, saying the storyline didn’t quite suit them but would be interested in anything else I wrote. Encouragement indeed. After that they accepted two books at the same time.
What do you like about writing a story?
In a few words – it takes me into another world. A world of make-believe. Larger than life characters but real people in my mind when I write and I hope my readers feel the same way.
Rachel’s Retribution: http://tiny.cc/ibmplx
Can you tell us about your newest book? Abby’s Bodyguard.
This is an e-book and is a sequel to Rachel’s Retribution (stories about two half-brothers who never knew the other one existed). Abby has flown to Paris from England to attend a Trade Fair and is met at the airport by a man who says he is a friend of her brother. He is also staying in the same hotel. Coincidence? Her brother has asked her to drop off a parcel and this man (Temple Townsend) offers to drive her to the address. But when he sees the seedy district he puts his foot down and heads straight out again. As you can imagine tempers fly. There follows a chase by the baddies (for want of a better word) through parts of France and eventually they both fly back to England – where there are still problems waiting. Especially when Temple finds out from Liam Mallory (his half-brother in Rachel’s Retribution) that their mother is seriously ill. It’s an action packed story with romance thrown in.
Abby’s Bodyguard: http://tiny.cc/v4lplx
How did you come up with the story?
Do you know, I never plot my stories. I envisage a situation in which my main characters find themselves and simply take it from there. I might know one or two things that I want to happen along the way but never all of it. In that way I find it as interesting to write a book as I do to read one. I’ve often exclaimed aloud to myself, “I never knew that was going to happen.”
What genre best fits the book?
Romance. Entirely romance. It’s all I ever used to read, as had my mother before me. It must be in my genes!
Are you working on something new at the moment?
Absolutely. My heroine in this romance has suffered so terribly she tries to kill herself – saved only by my hero. Much to her annoyance. It is the story of her coming to terms with everything that has happened in her life and eventually realising that it is worth living after all. Thanks to the help and persistence of the stranger who saved her. It’s a little different from my usual storylines and I’m thoroughly enjoying writing it.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
To never give up. If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Decide what genre you want to write for, read as many books in that genre as you can, and then go for it.
What is your writing routine?
I write from ten till four Monday to Friday, stopping only to have lunch with my long-suffering husband. Before he retired I worked nine till five, carrying on the routine from when I used to go out to work. But that’s not fair on him now. I’m fortunate that he’s a DIY type of man and always finds something to do.
Do you have an editing process?
I am constantly editing my writing. I edit as I go along. I edit at the end of the day. I edit when the book’s finished. I know people say you should write quickly, get it down on paper and then edit, but I can’t do that, I have to perfect it as I go along. That’s not to say I don’t still do editing again afterwards.
What do you enjoy most/least about writing?
I can honestly say I enjoy the whole process. It’s hard sometimes when the words don’t flow, when I ask myself what’s going to happen next, but on the whole I always love what I’m doing.
How important is it for you to share your writing?
Very important. The whole point of writing is sharing it with others. Hopefully giving them pleasure in the stories that I write. I write what I like to read and I always hope that my readers enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Where can people find you on the internet?
My website is: www.margaret-mayo.com
To purchase any of my books please go to http://goo.gl/kKnVfH
I’m also on Facebook.