Interview with Maggie James

I had the great good fortune to Interview Maggie James author of some truly amazing Psychological thrillers, if you haven’t read them yet I recommend starting with Blackwater lake a free download. For her interesting answers to my strange questions keep reading:

On average, how many times a week do you hurt yourself trying to dance in the shower?

Lots of my showers take place at my gym and I think I’d scare anyone off if I danced in there! The flailing shower curtains might frighten those of a nervous disposition, which wouldn’t be good for business. I guess I do a sort of dance if the water comes out cold, which it does if nobody’s used that cubicle for a while. Perhaps I should try a quick rumba or salsa the next time I go, and report back! The only problem would be how to sneak a male partner into the female changing rooms…

What is your inspiration to write?

It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m very goal-orientated, which drives me forward. My aim is, to quote a well-worn phrase, is to live the breadth of my life as well as the length of it. When I die, I want to know I’ve fully explored my urge to create novels, done the very best I can, given that I procrastinated for decades about writing. There are lots of things I still want to accomplish with my fiction career, and it’s great to work at something where I don’t have to retire at a certain age!

Another inspiration is the wonderful writer friends I’m making. They motivate me to be the best I can be, and with any luck I can do the same for them.

What’s the most money you’ve ever drunkenly spent at McDonald’s? 

McDonald’s isn’t somewhere I’d visit, but I love eating out! Indian food is my favourite; I’ve been hooked since my first curry. Bristol has a great restaurant scene, with more exciting new venues to explore all the time. As for money, I’m happy to pay for great food and service, so the sky’s the limit!

Do you get complaints when singing in the shower.? 

I’d get complaints about my singing wherever I did it! I lack musical talent and my singing, should I be daft enough to croon a tune, would clear a room in two seconds. Yes, it’s that bad. I could give any of those deluded hopefuls in the first round of The X Factor a run for their money. A friend once told me, ‘Maggie, when you sing, you find a note you like and then you stick with it.’ The problem is I haven’t a clue what note that is, or even how I found it. Believe me, the world is better off if I don’t sing!

Who would you let punch you directly in the face? and why? 

Nobody human, that’s for sure! I adore anything with four legs, though, and I find it cute how cats often wake their humans with a gentle right hook to the jaw when they want their breakfast. Often at an ungodly hour, of course. (I am not a morning person!) Still, they’re so cute I don’t care. The only downside of loving to travel is that it means having a furry friend of my own isn’t feasible.

How old were you when you realised Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life? Did you feel cheated? 

Well, I never believed in Santa Claus anyway, so the Easter Bunny never stood a chance. Being very left-brained and logical even as a child, my childhood self realised that the notion of someone flying around the world in one night, reaching all the children whilst squeezing himself down chimneys, had to be a fabrication. My realisation was helped by the fact that Santa’s favourite drink and snack (wine and a mince pie) also happened to be something my father was partial to. Add to that every Christmas I woke up and caught Dad in the act of present giving, and poor old Santa didn’t stand a chance!

What drives you to continue writing.? 

I love writing and can’t think of a better job. Ever since I was a little girl, it’s all I’ve ever dreamed of doing. I love connecting with my loyal readers and spinning stories for them to read. Not many things can make me forget to eat, but writing’s one of them. Although that doesn’t often happen – I’m very much a foodie! I may diversify from pure writing into related areas in the future, but my focus will, I believe, remain on being a novelist.

How many bottles of wine have you finished without ever actually pouring any of the wine into a glass? 

None – I have always been hopeless with alcohol! I only need to sniff it before falling over drunk. There’s no way I could ever finish a bottle of wine by myself; I struggle to drink more than half a glass. A far cry from the stereotypical picture of a writer being a tortured soul who creates works of genius fuelled by copious amounts of alcohol!

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a job: ? 

Now that’s a tough one – I worked as an accountant for nearly three decades, and not many funny things happen in that profession! Now I’m a writer, I can’t think of anything specific either. Perhaps a rib-tickling moment will hit me today, who knows?

When will we be seeing another book from you?

I’m working on two books at present, both of which should be released during 2016. My publisher, Lake Union, will be republishing His Kidnapper’s Shoes, and to that end I’m working with one of their editing team to make the book as good as possible. This was my first novel, so it’s dear to my heart!  They will also be publishing the book I’m currently writing, Burning Obsession. That one needs a lot more work before it’s ready for my editor, but I’m getting there! I’m incredibly fortunate in being able to write full-time, which helps, although I always wish I could write faster. For me, though, it’s quite an intense process, and I need regular time off to recharge my creative juices.



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