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Welcome, Kate G. Smith

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine?

Hi Suzan, thanks so much for welcoming me to your blog, it’s lovely to be here. I shall have a cup of tea please, or a can of Irn Bru if you’ve got one?!

*Hands Kate an Irn Bru*

A huge congratulations for both of your books being nominated for the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award. How does it feel? (Readers: I will post the link to the Bookseller at the end of this interview.)

I am so excited to be nominated for the Joan Hessayon Award. The Romantic Novelists’ Association have been pivotal in my career as an author. I can honestly say I don’t think I’d be here without them. My readers’ report for You’ve Got Mail was so positive and supportive and made me realise that I could write and that I was ready to submit to agents and publishers. It’s a brilliant organisation and I’d urge any budding romance authors to join the New Writer’s Scheme.

In one paragraph can you tell me about yourself?

I am a writer of uplifting romantic fiction and an occupational therapist working in social services. I live in the most wonderful city of Norwich with my daughter and our elderly cat. You can find me either tapping away at my keyboard, reading, whisking something up in my KitchenAid, or painting wildflowers. I also love to immerse myself in a bit of PS5 when I have any spare time, particularly scary games that have me switching the hallway light on at night time!

I’m currently reading The Love Note and like your voice.

Yay! Thanks so much, I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I feel like my voice has developed over the five years I have been writing seriously. Of course, all the characters will have their own voices but the constant voice that runs through the book is just me (probably quite sarcastic!)

How did you come up with the story?

The story for The Wedding Dress came to me when I was scrolling Twitter and I saw a thread about a missing wedding dress. An idea sparked in my head: where was this dress? Why was it missing? Maybe it was missing for a reason. Maybe it had been hidden away. And the story kind of grew from there.

I get a lot of my ideas from the world around me and I always make sure I give myself this creative time

How did you make your characters relatable?

Aw thank you, I try! I use a lot of personal experience—not exact experience or people, of course, but the feeling I get when I’m with friends or going through something sad. I always try to make my main characters people that my readers will fall in love with. A little bit flawed, because nobody is perfect (Henry Cavill notwithstanding) and characters with good hearts. And if they have a good heart then I think that readers can learn to love their flaws too.

I also love the side characters, who I go a little off piste with sometimes because there’s nothing better than a quirky best friend or a beast of a mother when it comes to thinking up great scenes.

Are you a planner or panster?

I used to be very much a panster. I’d sit at my keyboard and see where the day took me. Now I do a bit of both. I have a rough outline, an A to B, but I’m not always sure how I’ll get there. I often find that my characters, who I know inside out before I start, lead the way. In fact, the twist in The Wedding Dress was a complete surprise to me when it happened, because it was character led!

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Write! No matter what you think about what you’re writing, just keep going until it’s finished. And don’t expect to be great at it from the get-go. We wouldn’t sit down at a piano and immediately expect to play Beethoven’s Fifth, so why should writing be any different. We get better with practice (though the self-doubt never goes away!)

Also read as much and as widely as you can.

What is your writing routine?

I write better first thing in the morning; it feels like the words come easier and more naturally then. However, as an OT working on the front-line and a single mum, that’s easier said than done! So if I can’t get my words down first thing in the morning (and I mean when I get up at 6.30, I don’t get up at 5 specifically to write!) then I will make myself write in the evening when everything is done and my daughter is in bed, but this feels like a slog.

I always try to write at least 1000 words a day when I’m in the writing stage of a new book.

Do you have an editing process?

Does crying into a bowl of Coco Pops count?

No, actually sometimes I can enjoy the editing process, especially the first round of edits when a book is newly finished. I love reading over what I have written, because immediately prior to this is when I’m at that stage of hating all the words, it makes the book come back to life for me. I will give it a once over and amend any glaring plot points and blank pages where I’ve helpfully written something like make this weep worthy romantic. Then the next round of edits I normally do character by characters, starting with the side characters first, to make sure they have a good story each. And this takes a bit of time as I do as many edits as there are characters. Then one final big prose edit before sending it to my agent. Phew!

Then there are the edits my agent sends me, the edits my publishers send me, and copy and line edits (which is when I break out the Coco Pops!)

Edits from agent and publisher. Here, you need a box of Coco Pops. In fact you need two, one for each.

Haha, yep! It does feel like that sometimes. But I’m very lucky to have the best agent ever!!! She totally understands my writing and my voice and adds plot points that really enhance my work. The same can be said for the editor I work with at Orion Dash, she’s so on the ball with her suggestions. So even if I have to eat my way through bowls of chocolaty cereal to get there, all the edits make my books better for my readers. 

Where can people find you on the internet?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kategsmithauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/writingittoday

Insta: http://www.instagram.com/writingittoday

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

A massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read, review, talk about, share, or sing about my books. I appreciate every single one of you and I hope that I can bring you more books to enjoy.

If you have read either You’ve Got Mail or The Love Note an Amazon review is so helpful as it does something to their algorithms that I don’t really understand but it makes the publishers smile. So please review if you would like to.

Thanks again Suzan for having me on your blog. x

You’re very welcome x

Dear Readers, If you would like to have a look at and/or purchase Kate’s books please click on this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kate-G-Smith/e/B08WLZ5MQW?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vu00_tkin_p1_i0

Orion Dash does double on RNA Joan Hessayon Award shortlist



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Welcome Lynda Stacey…

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name)

Ha ha… do I use a pen name. No, I don’t write under a pen name. Most day’s I’m so busy Lynda Stacey author picI’d forget who I was if I had two names, so…. The name Lynda Stacey, really is me.

I’m the Sales Director at a stationery and office furniture company in Doncaster. It’s a position I’ve held for the past 25 years. I’ve seen the company grow and develop over the years and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

During my life, I’ve also been a oral surgery nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a Scuba Diving Instructor, who was qualified to teach people from taking their first underwater breaths, to being instructors themselves. People think I’m a little crazy, I have no problem jumping in the sea knowing there are sharks below. I love every minute of it.

However, in 2008 I was involved in a car accident. My shoulder was badly damaged and I had no strength in my right arm and had to stop teaching, although I do still dive for myself.

It was then that I began ‘playing’ at writing. I’d always had an interest in writing and like many other people had said for years that ‘one day I’d write a novel’. My brother even bought me a word processor 25 years ago and gave it to me with the words, “You keep saying you’ll write a book, get on with it.” Well… I finally did.

What are the titles and genres of your books?

The title of my debut novel is House of Secrets.

I always write romantic suspense, with a true villain at the centre of the story. I do believe in love, but I’m also very aware that life isn’t always simple.

How did you come up with the stories?

It was my birthday and my husband took me to stay at Wrea Head Hall for the night. The moment I walked in through the front door, I could feel the history seeping out through the walls. It was as thought the hall was talking to me, asking for a book to be written and to be fair, a house like that deserves a great story. So, I’ve given it as much intrigue as I could possibly imagine.

Your book has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

I always wanted the hall to be on the cover. It’s a beautiful place and the owner of the hall gave me the permission to use the photo, he’s also been extremely supportive. But other than that, I was happy to let Choc Lit do the rest. Berni Stevens does most of their covers. She is a fabulous designer and I just knew I’d be in for a treat.

Lynda Stacey~Front cover

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

YES….Keep writing. Write every day, even if it’s only a few words. And join a writing group. I became a member of the Romantic Novelist Association in 2013. They have a New Writers Scheme. As part of your NWS membership, you are offered a critique service on your work in progress. This was invaluable. They also have an annual conference, where you can meet editors or agents on a 1-1 basis. This is where I first met Lyn Vernham, director of Choc Lit and where she first became interested in my work.

What is your writing routine?

I work full time. My writing in sporadic and some nights my laptop doesn’t land on my knee until seven or eight o’clock. But I always try and write something.

Most of my writing is done on a Saturday or Sunday morning. I wake up early, around 6am and can sometimes get two or three hours writing done before the rest of the house (meaning the husband) wakes up.

Do you have an editing process?

I tend to edit as I write. But once I don’t feel as though I can do any more, I send it to Jane Lovering who offers a critique service. She’s amazing and brutally honest, but well worth listening to. If she says the plot is too complicated, or a character isn’t working, she’s normally right.


What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

What I enjoy most is getting lost in the story. I love it when the characters come to life, they take on a personality and start doing their own thing on the page. I can write a chapter and then sit back and think, “Where did that come from?”. A few pages later, the character tends to do something else and I start nodding and laughing, saying to myself, “So, that’s why you did it.”

Are you writing anything at the moment?

I’ve just completed my 3rd novel. Currently called Broken Hope. I’ve put it down for a few weeks and will go back to it and re-edit it again, before sending it to Jane.

And I’m researching a possible time slip that I’ll base around the mining community. I am after all a miners daughter, so I kind of see the subject as my heritage. I also lived through the miners strikes of 1984, so have first hand knowledge on what it was really like.

Where can people find you on the internet?

Well…. I’m all over the place really. You can’t miss me. I have a page on Facebook, a twitter account, a webpage, an author page on the RNA website and an author page on the Choc Lit site.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter: @Lyndastacey

Website: www.Lyndastacey.co.uk

RNA: http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/

Oh… and you can find my e-book HOUSE OF SECRETS on Amazon and all other platforms. It’s a bargain at just £1.99

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Yes… please love the book ha ha… I put my heart and soul into writing House of Secrets. If you did enjoy it, I’d love for you to leave a review and to know your thoughts.

And if you ever get the chance, go to Wrea Head Hall. It’s just outside of Scarborough and I can guarantee that you’ll have an amazing time. 

Wrea Head Country House Hotel, Scarboroughhttp://www.wrea-head-hotel.co.uk/

How does it feel to finally hold your book in your hands?

Well, my book is e-book first. But hopefully, I’ll get enough reviews to get it into print. Already, House of Secrets has 16 reviews, 13 of them are 5 star and 3 of them are 4’s… it’s so much better than I could have wished for. I’m so happy and grateful to everyone who takes the time to write the reviews.

Lynda Stacey~Front cover


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Welcome Bella Osborne…

*offers Bella a cup of tea*

 Coconut Loft~cup of tea

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Thanks for the opportunity to appear on your blog, Suzan. I’m a wife and mother and I live in the Midlands. I’m eternally grateful for the wonderful people in my life and tea, wine, holidays and cake… oh, and custard creams.

What was the first story you wrote?

I can’t remember if it had a title but it was about a thief who stole the crown jewels – I was about nine at the time and the story was so long that my teacher typed it up for me and then stuck it on the classroom wall.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

I was always taught to respect and look after books so reading and being read to was always very special to me as a child. Like so many children I loved the Enid Blyton stories, with Secret Seven being my absolute favourite. I started writing at school and have continued to do it on and off for many years.

Why do you write?

It has always seemed quite logical to me to write my own stories so I’ve never really questioned why I do it. My question would be ‘why doesn’t everybody do it?’ It’s the best fun ever! It is also the best excuse to sit at a computer, drink tea and eat Olympic quantities of custard creams.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

My debut novel ‘It Started at Sunset Cottage’ is out as an e-book on 12th February 2015 and in paperback on 23rd April 2015. It has two strong women at its core. Kate is an author and is consistently calm, reserved and measured whilst Sarah is a sharp-tongued single mother who acts first and thinks later.

After losing her fiancé, Kate is slowly getting her life back on track when

Timothy Calder, A-list actor and leading man in the movie adaptation of her book, turns up on her doorstep, hoping to lie low after his latest tabloid scandal. But after a rocky start, they find they have a few things in common: a liking for Lady Grey tea, walnut whips and bad ‘knock knock’ jokes. Actually, the bad jokes are just Tim.

Sarah on the other hand is trying to hold down two jobs and shut her ex-husband out of her life. When he goes missing she thinks it’s the answer to her problems until Sarah becomes number one suspect.

Bella~It started~

How did you come up with the story?

I really wish I had a super intelligent response for this question but the honest answer is that Kate appeared as a character and the ‘what if?’ questions started flying around my head and it all grew from there. I was keen to have two related threads in the story, which I switch between and hopefully make for a compelling read.

What genre best fits for the book?

It is definitely Romance but when it comes to narrowing that down to a sub-genre then it gets a bit tricky. It is a romance novel that incorporates humour with underlying menace and intrigue. It has been described as being both witty and poignant but hopefully readers will enjoy it despite its lack of obvious pigeonhole.

What are some of the benefits and challenges to writing?

For me the benefits are that I simply love writing. When I’m writing it feels like it’s what I should be doing (apart from being with family, eating custard creams and being on holiday obviously). I get a real buzz when I’m sat at the keyboard and the words are tumbling out and when I typed The End on my first completed novel I felt a huge sense of achievement.

The biggest challenge for me is juggling all the other roles that I have in life and squeezing it all into 24 hours whilst retaining what’s left of my sanity.

Do you attend a writing group?

Not as such but I do attend a local writing course which meets weekly and provides me with a safe environment to share my writing. The tutor and course attendees have been a huge support to me over the last two years.

Do you have someone to critique your work?

I do. I am very lucky to have a hugely supportive writing tutor, a friendly grammar Nazi, an inspiring agent and a wonderful editor, oh and a lovely husband who I make read it too. I then have a fabulous bunch of beta readers who read it for story and tell me honestly if it’s any good.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I have just finished my first attempt at a children’s story, which I’m very excited about and really hope I can find a publisher for. I am also part way through my third novel for adults, which is based in an office and has themes of romance, humour and underlying menace.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Seek out other writers. I can’t explain how brilliant it feels to be around other writers. I would recommend joining groups, courses and the myriad of genre writing associations. I joined the Romantic Novelists Association on their New Writer’s Scheme and I have learned so much from their events, met some amazing writers and made some terrific friends.

Make time to write. If you really want to write, then something else has to give; be it social media, Candy Crush, television, sleep or the cleaning – trust me in a year’s time you won’t regret not having done those things but you will regret not having found time to write.

What is your writing routine?

I work part time so I am lucky enough to be able to dedicate time each week to writing. I also squeeze in time whenever I can especially if I’m in the middle of a WIP or doing something crazy like NaNoWriMo. Even ten minutes can be enough to get a few words down. If you wait for a two hour window it’ll never happen!

I am also a big planner so I spend a long time developing my characters, understanding them as people and plotting out the story before I ever put pen to paper, finger to keyboard or custard cream to lips (it’s a kind of reward mechanism).

Do you have an editing process?

I write a first draft then put it away for about four weeks. I get it out, crack open a new packet of custard creams, read it through and redo the bits that don’t work as I go. I try to focus on each scene and mentally check what it is adding to the overall story and if it’s the best it can be. Then I send it to my agent who tells me what works and what I need more of. Then I send it to my Editor who will make some suggestions for improvement. Then it goes to a proof reader and then we all breathe a sigh of relief.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I love the first buds of a story (as long as they don’t pop up when you are trying to finish something else). That stage when you have no idea where the story is going to take you and you have to learn about your characters is the most exciting for me.

I’m less fond of the editing. I can read something ten or more times and not spot a typo because I’ve become blind to it. But I do like being able to tinker with it. The hardest bit is letting go.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

You know what, it’s actually not that important. I can say that because I kept it to myself for years. I never really expected to get published so the fact that real people are going to read it is very scary. But now that it’s happening I truly hope that readers enjoy it.

Where can people go to read your work?

Amazon via this link http://goo.gl/2yl8Qz

Other e-reader book stores for ‘It Started at Sunset Cottage’ and there are some examples of output from my writing class as well as some terrific work by other course attendees at www.tellingtalesonthursdays.weebly.com

I also write a fortnightly column called Bella’s Scribblings for the Novel Kicks website. www.novelkicks.co.uk/category/bellas-scribblings/

Where can people find you on the internet?


Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

A big thank you to each and every one of them!

Custard cream anyone?

 Custard creams

Don’t mind if I do.

Thank you for a lovely interview, Bella and good luck with your writing. Suzan.

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Welcome, Glynis Smy…


Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I live in the coastal town of Dovercourt, Essex, with my husband and mother. We have three adult children, one in Canada, and two in Essex. Our adorable granddaughter keeps us on our toes, and look forward to another arriving in February 2015. I enjoy card making for charity, fishing, cross stitch, and of course, writing.

What was the first story you wrote?

It was Ripper, My Love, a romance suspense in the Victorian era.

Ripper my love~Glynis

Were you inspired by someone or something?

I would like to say Jack the Ripper, but it was more of a statement made than the person. Someone said what an evil person he/she had been. I replied that somebody loved them once, and that was it, the idea kicked in for a short story but a novel developed.

Why do you write?

Why? Because I love it, and there are characters in my head I cannot shut up at night. They force me to scribble down words at a frantic pace!

Can you tell us about your newest book?

The Penny Portrait is due for release December 2014. It is based in my hometown, although I started writing it in Cyprus (where I lived for eight years until 2013). My favourite place to walk is along the rough coastal paths of the beach, and it holds fond memories of my father who passed two years ago.

                                         Harwich 1865

When Elle Buchanan is abandoned by her parents in her sixteenth year, she has no choice but to run from the leering eyes of their landlord. Earlham’s beach in the town of Dovercourt, holds memories of her childhood and becomes her home. Hiding out in a rundown shepherd shack she takes stock of her life, and finds friendship in the form of a crippled male, Stanley.

Through various friendships she is able to follow her love of art and earn from her skill. Under the guidance of Angus Argyle, a local art tutor, she thrives. His sharp eye spots a charcoal drawing in her portfolio, and knows the naked man Elle etched. She tells of how they met, and Angus sells the drawing on to its model with the promise that they would say nothing.

Elle struggles with the loss of friends, friendship, and love. Growing up alone she is naïve, and her innocence loses her a love she so desperately seeks.

Will Elle have to give up her dream for love, or will love find a way into her life?

How did you come up with the story?

Dad had Alzheimer’s and I sat reminiscing about my childhood walks with him, and I wanted to capture the feeling of abandonment that the disease gave me when it took him from me. He saved me from the tidal dikes one day, and became my hero as he carried me on his back across the rushing waters.

I met my husband in the same town, and we walked there as young lovers, I wanted to capture the romance, angst, and emotional patterns of young love.

I played there with my best friend who died twenty years ago, and during the reflective moments, that was the place my mind took me, so I tried to capture friendship and loss.

I really cannot think why I chose art as my character’s pathway in life, I cannot paint to save my life!

So all in all the story is a plot of emotions based upon my inner-self, about a place that some see as desolate but I see it as a giver of life.

What genre best fits for the book?

Historical Romance – Victorian

What are some of the benefits and challenges to writing?

Benefits are of achieving a dream. Pocket money if you sell enough for profit, and the sense of satisfaction a reader has enjoyed your work. Challenges? Editing, marketing – the other side of writing.

Do you attend a writing group?

No, I am not a group person. I attended one once but felt so inadequate I couldn’t return.

Do you have someone to critique your work?

Yes, I have a couple of fab beta readers.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

My novel Maggie’s Child, has captured the imagination of a few readers and I received emails and messages wondering if there would be more about Maggie’s life. So, I am in the process of attempting a family saga. A BIG challenge!

Maggies child~Glynis


Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Go for it, grab that pen and follow your dream. Build a presence on the Internet, learn from others, and do not be put off by those who have received rejections from publishers and agents. Self-publish, and carry on enjoying the dream!

What is your writing routine?

Grab time when I can. I no longer have the luxury of all day to myself, I literally have to grab moments, so there is no longer a routine.

Do you have an editing process?

  1. I read on computer – edit x3.
  2. I print off read through & edit x1
  3. I download to Kindle and read as a book (amazing how many glaring errors are found this way).
  4. I then hand over to beta readers

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

There is nothing I dislike, I enjoy the whole process – except marketing but that isn’t writing to me.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

At first it wasn’t something I focused upon, I just enjoyed my books for my own personal satisfaction. Slowly readers began to want more from me, and it became a need to share situation. My ego now loves sharing!

You were shortlisted for an award recently. Can you tell us all about it and how you felt etc?

When my book Maggie’s Child, reached the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, I thought Christmas had arrived early. It was a true ego boost. I found courage to submit the book to the Festival of Romance New Talent scheme, and to my surprise and joy I found my name on the shortlist! This has instilled new courage and inspired me to keep writing. To know I now have ‘street cred’ within the writing community is thrilling.

Where can people go to read your work?

Amazon stores online are where my books are based at the moment. Although I do have plans to have paperbacks in independent bookstores in the future. I would also love them to be in libraries in the UK.

Maggie’s Child

Ripper, My Love

Ripped Genes


Purchase at Amazon

Where can people find you on the internet?


Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/glynissmyauthor

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

If folk are interested they can sign up for my newsletter. It is sent out four times a year unless I have extra news to share.

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Maggies child~Glynis

  Ripper my love~Glynis   ripped-genes-createspace~Glynis

Thank you, Glynis, it’s been lovely meeting you again, and good luck with your next book, The Penny Portrait, which is due for release December 2014.

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Welcome, Margaret Mayo…  Margaret Mayo

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.

Margaret_Rachel'sRetribution                                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.

Margaret~Abby's Bodyguard cover

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.

Margaret Mayo cover~Bitter Memories Margaret Mayo cover~The Santorini Marriage Bargain Margaret Mayo cover~Ungentlemanly Behaviour

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Welcome, Roy L. Murry …

Can you tell me a little about yourself? Roy Murry

I’d need a week to answer this. LOL I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA into at that time was called a middle class family – both mother and father worked.

I had a normal life until I went to Vietnam as a Green Beret (Special Forces) Operation & Intelligence non-commission officer. Made it back alive to go to and graduate Bentley College. There I studied accounting but minored in English. As President of the Journalism Society, PDE, I was editor of The Yearbook.

After graduation, events happened that changed my life incredibly. That story is written down in my autobiography The Audubon Caper. Twenty eight years in the Caribbean Hospitality Industry followed; and then I move here to Hollywood, Florida where I live writing, playing golf, and working part time at a golf course. Roy~The Audubon Caper cover

What was the first story you wrote?

I can’t remember any; however, I have been a critic of others’ writings since taking two American Literature courses in college.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

My American Literature professor was the first one to tell me I could write. She gave two A+ on my critical journals. Also, I have read many inspirational authors including Og Mandino, Tony Robbins, and Joseph Murphy.

What do you like about writing a story?

I like going into my own little world and writing what I want.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

I have been married to two Latin women each becoming a USA citizen while married to me. I added another marriage, changed their identities and characters using their reason for marrying my main character Don Quixote Smith for one reason – each wife wanted an American VISA firstly and Smith secondly.  

What genre best fits for the book?

Adult Romance

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I have two works in progress. One is the fictional novel Homeless in Homestead, which is the journey of an American Vietnam Veteran from homelessness through the Florida system for his betterment.

The other WIP is a three part screen play, requested by a prominent producer I know, who has read both my novel. The screen play will be for TV of my second novel The Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith.  Roy~cover for Wives

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Set your goals and just write.

What is your writing routine?

For me, it’s early to bed; early to rise; makes a writer wise. I’m in bed early and start writing between 4 – 5 a.m. until I’m tired or have to move on to something else

Do you have an editing process?

I use an editor.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

I love the feedback; and I get immediately feedback from my core group of followers of about three hundred people who have purchase my books.

Where can people go to read your work?

Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith is now at Amazon http://amzn.to/198DcWx, Tate http://bit.ly/16dQf1W and Barnes &Noblehttp://bit.ly/19NpYz2

The Audubon Caper: E-book only. US http://amzn.to/1eHZQpYUK http://amzn.to/16JWUkC 

Where can people find you on the internet?

Facebook: Roy Murry Author and Twitter: @roylmurry425

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

I thank all the people who have read my novels and hope that some of your readers at least read the first chapters of my books. It’s free. I know if they do; they will buy my books.

I thank you Suzan for featuring me on your blog.

You’re welcome, Roy, and good luck with your writing.


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On The RailsBlurb…
‘For sexy thirty something Widow Nikki, a freelance reporter, life is pretty much on track. She has some good friends, a great job, and no money worries. So what if her heart is a little bruised. When an assignment to cover a children’s charity do in London comes up she leaps at the chance to rub shoulders with a few celebrities.

Here she meets Simon, a star from TV soap. Its lust at first sight and Nikki quickly wrangles a job with the charity, hoping to catch his eye. Her new commute quickly becomes enlivened by a series of entangled affairs ‘of the heart’. There’s Richard, a member of station staff, whose ‘slow and subtle attention’ entices Nikki into foreign adventures but it seems he’s a long way from all he appears.

There’s the gorgeous Luca, her new colleague, with his smouldering Italian good looks who is well on the way to derailing all her good intentions. And finally there’s Simon, who seems to be emerging as a narcissistic man, far more in love with himself than with any of women that have fallen for his undoubted charms.

With an assortment of warm friends, complete with ready shoulders, wicked humour and endless advice, Nikki’s travels on the rails are an adventure dotted with sex, celebrity and some hard choices. Will she find happiness in the end, will her heart be mended and her life, at last, complete?’

Watch out for the follow-up to this book, ‘Back on The Rails’.

Genre: Fiction=romance, chick lit, adventure, travel.

Available in paperback and Kindle


UK:  http://goo.gl/L4zBFd

USA: http://goo.gl/rhwBiI

Canada: http://goo.gl/FZs6Pp

Aus: http://goo.gl/0ifHLS

Italy: http://goo.gl/nuzYya

France: http://goo.gl/WLLHK5

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