WordWranglers: Margery, ready or not, here we come! Please tell us a little about yourself.
Margery: Although I was born in Scotland, I’ve spent most of my life in Canada, and now that my children are grown, I’m lucky enough to live on a lake where I can look out on a gorgeous view and let my mind wander, plotting and daydreaming about whatever book I’m working on at the time. Since I spent my whole day-job life working in hospitals and even though I loved it, spending my days thinking happily-ever-after thoughts is wonderful. When I’m not writing, I play billiards and do crafts – when I’m not travelling, that is.
WordWranglers: Talk about the book(s) you’ve written. What was the first seed of an idea you had for your book? How did it develop?
Margery: To be completely honest, I don’t really remember the first seed of what eventually became Her Rocky Mountain Guardian. I knew I wanted to write a romantic suspense with a lawman hero and I wanted it to take place in Colorado. I think the details came so gradually I didn’t really notice.
WordWranglers: Was there a scene that was more difficult than others? One that you pondered whether or not to include it?
Margery: I’ve always found the kissing/sex scenes difficult to write, but I didn’t even consider deleting them. It wouldn’t be much of a romance without them, right?
WordWranglers: What do you keep in mind as you write? An overarching question? A theme? The last line of the book?
Margery: I keep the plot climax, the resolution of the romance and the character arcs in mind while I’m writing. Each has to leave the reader feeling satisfied, and if I write it properly, each are intertwined and affect the others. At least, that’s my goal.
WordWranglers: What are you currently working on?
Margery: I like to shake things up and stretch my writing wings, so right now, I’m plotting the first book in a mainstream thriller series (a new genre for me) and writing the first draft of a historical romance.
WordWranglers: How do you balance writing, marketing, promoting, bookkeeping, family and work?
Margery: Balance? What’s that, lol? I don’t have a day job and my children are grown and gone, but I do have a husband who’s home 24/7, so keeping to any kind of routine is almost impossible. Luckily, I’m a morning person so I do try to do the creative work before hubby gets up in the mornings and leave the business/promotion, etc. for later in the day and/or weekends. Usually, though, it’s hit and miss. And really, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Life is too short to be stuck in a routine.
Thanks for joining us today on WordWranglers, Margery! And, readers, here's your glimpse at Margery's yummy new romantic suspense:
An unforgivable disappearance…
Four years ago, Jennie Brooks and Sheriff Brae Colton were engaged to be married—then Jennie disappeared without a word.
Leads to a mysterious reunion…
Brae hated Jennie for deserting him just as they were set to begin their life together. But when he finds her badly injured in a hit and run accident on a snowy mountain road, he can’t deny the love he’s never forgotten—until she regains consciousness with no memory of her identity, or what they once shared.
Where love holds the key to everything…
Brae wants to know why Jennie’s come home. Despite everything, she’s still the woman he fell in love with in high school—the woman he’s falling for again. But when the bullets start flying, his first priority is to protect her and catch her would-be killer. And if they can’t find a way to restore her memory soon, they may both end up dead.
Read an Excerpt:
Jennie gazed out the passenger window as Brae steered the SUV through downtown Eagle Ridge. Ever since they’d left the hospital, he’d been tense, his eyes constantly shifting and taking in the vehicles around them.
“Do you think we’re being followed?” she asked finally.
“Probably not, but I don’t want any surprises.”
She stayed silent then, letting him concentrate. A lock of hair hung over his forehead, and she had an almost irresistible urge to brush it back. The muscles in his face were tense, his lips pressed into a thin line.
Those lips… Her thoughts strayed back to the kiss they’d shared in her hospital room.
Obviously they’d kissed before, and more than likely they’d done a lot more than kiss. She didn’t remember those kisses, though. His kiss from a half hour earlier, she’d never forget. Something about the way he held her, the way his mouth slanted over hers, the heat pooling in her belly when his tongue had touched hers…it felt so familiar, so right.
“You look like you’re thinking hard,” he said, his baritone voice filling the interior of the car.
She felt her cheeks heat. If he only knew where her thoughts had taken her.
Oh, yes. She remembered every detail of the kiss they’d just shared. Although she would like to know whether the memories of his kisses back then were as exciting and breath-stealing as the reality of the one they’d just shared. She doubted that was what he was asking, though.
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As a little girl in Scotland, I loved reading the words in books, and using those words even when I had no idea what they meant. My favorites were consecrate (my version of concentrate), and puncture (meaning temperature).Within the pages of those books, I lost myself in the fantasy worlds the authors created. But I had no idea that someone – a real, live person – was writing the stories that enthralled me. And it never occurred to me that I could write stories, too.
When my family left Scotland and settled in Canada, I began to write – not stories, but long, rambling letters to my grandparents. Looking back, they were really mini-novels, filled with my adventures and tales of growing up in a new country. In school, I loathed English class. So what was I destined to be? Yes, you guessed it. A writer.
It wasn’t until my children left home, that I started writing and seriously pursuing a new career as a published author. These days, I’m lucky enough to be able to combine my love of travel (thanks to my father’s wanderlust) and writing by personally researching the settings in my books.
Now, I live on a lake and I’m lucky enough to wake up to this gorgeous view every morning (it does tend to
distract me from the computer, I admit).
When I’m not writing, I can usually be found wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue. Oh, and dealing with that wanderlust thing …
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