Best-selling author Margaret Brownley has penned nearly forty historical novels. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice and Award of Excellence. She's a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Margaret is giving away a copy of her new novel, Undercover Bride. To enter the drawing for a chance to win, click the link at the end of this post.
A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?
That is a good question. I honestly don't have time to think about a book once the final edits are done. The next book requires all my time and energy. So I guess the answer would have to be yes, I feel like my work is complete (for sanity's sake).
Describe your workspace.
I pretty much have my dream office. It’s not fancy but it’s serviceable and it looks out over my pool, waterfall and mountains. I call it my Monet room so naturally it’s painted Monet purple. Purple is a great color for stimulating creativity and Monet is my favorite artist. The room includes floor to ceiling bookshelves stuffed with my favorite research books, and a vertical paper file that practically reaches the ceiling. I sit on a balance ball chair which is great for the back.
If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?
As a child I pretended to be Jo from Little Women. That's because she was a writer. She inspired me to write my first "novel" in fifth grade.
What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?
Sometimes I wonder if the general public realizes that writing is a profession. It's how we pay our bills. Some people will pay five, six and even seven dollars for a Hallmark card but insist upon free or 99 cent books. A writer friend received a letter from a reader who claimed to have read her book for free at Barnes and Noble and loved it. I've received similar letters from well-meaning readers. One actually asked me to write to her local Goodwill and demand they carry my books. She would probably be surprised to learn that writers receive no compensation for used books. Fortunately, I've developed a good sense of humor through the years. I don't think you can survive this business without it.
What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?
For me, the biggest misconception was thinking that once I sold a book to a publisher my work was done. Little did I know that I would also be expected to go out there and promote, promote, promote.
What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)?
My hope is that my stories touch readers’ hearts. If I succeed then readers will likely enjoy a good laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two. They will also learn a little something about our glorious past and how it relates to the present.
Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?
Thank you so much for stopping by today. It was a lot of fun.
Margaret is giving away a copy of her new novel Undercover Bride. To enter the drawing, click the box below and follow the instructions.
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