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Author spotlight: Maggie Nash/Maggie Mitchell

27 February 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Maggie Nash, author of nine romances in the genres of romantic suspense, contemporary and historical erotic romance, and author of three contemporary, paranormal/fantasy romances as Maggie Mitchell. She will be attending ARR2019 in Sydney.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

It was in 2005 and I was a stay-at-home mother at the time. I was an avid reader, sometimes reading a book a day. One particular day I was stuck at home, the car was being serviced, and we lived quite a way from the shops, and disaster struck! I’d run out of books to read!  For some unknown reason I proceeded to sit down at the computer and start writing. Before I knew it, I had the first chapter of my first novel. After that the writing bug really hit hard. I joined online groups and found out about Romance Writers of Australia. Of course, it took me three years to finish that first one, but I learnt so much on the way.

Why romance and not a different genre?

Who doesn’t love a happy ending?

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

I’m not sure which was first, but a couple of early ones stick out for me—Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. Both for different reasons. Jane Eyre was the quintessential downtrodden women who stuck to her principles and found love in the end. The Crystal Cave was full of adventure and excitement.

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

A thick skin. You are going to make mistakes, and your early writing is not going to be perfect or loved by all. You need to be able to take feedback on board and learn from it so you can improve.

What is your favourite part of creating a story (bold)?

Plotting.

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

There are two ways I do this. First is to hand write my plot—even mind map it. That gets my head in the right space. Second, I participate in writing sprints, which consist of timed writing intervals where we “free write” without thinking, editing, cutting or changing any words. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t stop to think!

Pick a favourite (bold your preference):

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

In my life my greatest inspiration was my mother. She had many challenges but always gave so much love and she was always smiling.

In my writing career—that’s a difficult one. I have so many writing friends who have inspired me, plus many famous authors as well. I keep coming back to PD James, who looked after her invalid husband, a houseful of kids, worked full time and still wrote half the night because she couldn’t not write. So inspiring!

Tell us about your latest release, Moonshadow (Maggie Mitchell) in 100 words or less. 

What do you do when you’re trapped on the roof with your gorgeous neighbour? And you’re sworn off men for life.

Do you run?

Do you hide?

Or do you fall in love?

What else will you be working on in 2019?

For Maggie Nash: I am finishing a Victorian-era historical series I’ve been working on for a while, plus I have a political thriller in the pipeline.

For Maggie Mitchell the plan is to finish book 3 in the Muses across Time series, featuring ancient Greek goddesses trapped in modern-day Australia.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

Hunter Hunted by Keri Arthur. I love the whole Lizzie Grace series!

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.

 

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