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About Margaret

An Interview

Q. What do you like
most about being a writer?

A. I love the fact that I can daydream and read romantic fiction and call them both “work”! I also love the fact that I can plan my own time.

Q. What do you like
least about being a writer?

A. Proofreading – it doesn’t matter how many times I check a manuscript I always find mistakes!

Q. What do you think it is about Regency romance that appeals to readers?

A. The excitement, the passion and the sense of it all coming good in the end.

Q. Why do you set your stories in Regency times?
A. For me the Regency period is full of romance and drama. I love Mr Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The fashion (gentlemen in tailcoats, riding boots and breeches, women in beautiful gowns), the elegant Georgian architecture and the society make for a great setting. Writing about a time when it is easy to imagine dashing heroes and feisty heroines is wonderful.

Q. Would you have liked to have lived during Regency times?

A. It would be great to be able to time travel for a short visit to learn more about everyday Georgian life. Imagine being a young lady of the ton, being driven round London in a coach and four, shopping in Burlington's Arcade, attending a ball at Almack's, and wearing all the lovely clothes, but I'd probably end up as a maid of all rather than a lady!
It would be very nice to come back to the comforts of life in the twenty-first century.

Q. Where do you get your inspiration for your characters?

A. Loads of places. My characters are never from one source but an amalgamation of people I know, strangers I have observed on trains and buses or in supermarkets (beware when you come near me!), people I have read about or seen on television, pictures in magazines or films, or on billboards. Basically everything and anything.

Q. What do you think makes a great hero and /or heroine?

A. For me a great hero has to be someone that I could fall in love with, and a great heroine is a woman I like and can identify at some level with.

Q. Which of your heroes is your favourite?

A. I love heroes who on the surface are hard and strong and even ruthless, but underneath have a strong moral compass and are intrinsically good. Heroes who when they lose their heart to a woman will love her for ever. I do have a soft spot for rather dark heroes.

Q. Which of your heroines is your favourite?

A. I would find it difficult to write about a heroine I disliked, so I like all my heroines. In particular I enjoy ordinary-women heroines and those who have faced challenges and hardships in their lives.

Q. Which of the books you have written do you like best?

A. I like different aspects of different books. But the story I'm most excited by is usually the one I'm engrossed in writing.

Q. When you are writing, what is a typical day?

A. I write in one hour blocks on the computer interspaced by regular breaks, as I end up with a headache if I look at the computer screen for too long. Hence I'm probably the world's slowest writer! I read, for relaxation, while having lunch at my desk. And of course all those breaks are filled with cups of tea, cakes, chocolate biscuits, crisps...

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