Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Interview with paranormal romance author Margaret West
Today we're chatting with Margaret West about her newest paranormal romance novel.
Please tell us about your current release, Abigail Cottage.
Abigail Cottage is about two very different love stories, one very dark and the other full of purity and light. Both circled around Abbey and the curse that has been in her family's blood line for centuries. A curse, if not broken would mean the downfall of all mankind. It entered Abbey's life in the form of an inherited a cottage. A place she discovers is portal to evil, shadows, and an entity whose love for her is forged from resentment for the love he lost centuries before. True love comes from Shaun and after they spend just one night together, they set into motion a miracle, a betrayal, a tragedy, a revelation, and a light which is driven by a love.
What inspired you to write this book?
I used to work for the James Bond movie makers. After listening to the script writers and watching how they brought their characters to life on paper, I decided I wanted to do something similar. Abigail Cottage was born, my first full novel. And it took 25 years to reach the light of day.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m trying a whole new genre. Chick lit. It’s only in my head at the moment as I am just finishing Crystal Gazing, another paranormal romance. But I have a good idea how it’s going to go.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I suppose the day I finished Abigail Cottage. I’d written a 2,000 page book. Of course it has been trimmed over the years, but not bad for a newbie writer just starting out.
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like?
I teach Psychic Development and I am also a Crystal therapist. I am lucky to be able to work from home. I have my office upstairs for writing and my healing room downstairs for work. I am also a medium, so I have private sittings and church sittings. I squeeze in my writing and blogging where I can. It’s not easy, but it’s in my blood and I have to write. My blog site is here http://magsx.blogspot.com/ if you would like to have a look.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I talk to my characters. Weird, but true. I don’t know if that’s interesting or not! I say things like, Mmm should you be going there? And maybe I’ll change your dress, it’s not right for his scene. I do it ALL the time. lol
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a ballet dancer. Then I grew to 5'8" and became too tall….sigh….
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Being a medium, most of my books carry an inspirational message within the storyline. Most of my books, although fiction, do actually have true facts about the spirit world woven into the storyline. No one reads them usually, without ‘getting’ the message I try to bring across to the reader. I like to think my books spread a little love, light, and humor to whomever they come into contact with.
I am always looking for bloggers, so do pop my Margaret West blog. I also have a Connecting with Spirit blog.
I do so many giveaways and we always have fun on my blog. Even new followers get a pressie! Please pop by and say hi. I’m also on Facebook, so feel free to add me.
Thanks for having me today. It’s been fun.
It's been great getting to know a bit about you and your writing.
She’s been writing for over 20 years and has numerous short stories, novels, and articles published. Margaret writes romance and paranormal novels, incorporating her spiritual experiences into her books.