Margaret Tanner Brings
Readers Frontier Australia
As part of her research she has visited the World War 1 battlefields in France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.
She won the 2007 and 2009 Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. A Rose In-No-Man’s Land won an un-published manuscript award. Her novel Frontier Wife won the Best Historical Romance Novel at the 2010 Readers Favorite Award, and another novel, Wild Oats was a 2011 Finalist in the EPIC awards.
In 2012, an unpublished manuscript was short listed in English publisher, ChocLit’s, Find an Australian Star, competition.
Margaret is married with three grown up sons, and two gorgeous little granddaughters.
Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion.
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I live in Australia, and I guess the best way to describe my writing is to call it historical fiction with romantic elements. I am multi-published with three different publishers, The Wild Rose Press, Whiskey Creek Press and Books We Love Ltd.
Please tell us your latest news!
My novel, A Rose In No-Man’s Land, which is set against a background of World War I, has recently been released by The Wild Rose Press.
Please describe your writing environment.
I write my very first draft in long hand in a notebook, so I can really do it anywhere that I happen to be. The only thing I need is silence. I can’t work with noise. Even soft background music disturbs my flow of words.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I never plan anything. I have a vague idea about my characters before I start, but they really evolve as the story progresses.
How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
I do a lot of research for my books, and it helps that I like history. I can’t stand inaccuracies in stories, so I try as hard as I can not to have them in mine. There is nothing worse, in my humble opinion, than to start reading a story then find some historical aspect is incorrect. If that happens, I don’t finish the book, and I never buy that author’s work again.
What main genre do you write in?
Historical Romance, although it would be more accurate to say, Historical Fiction with romantic elements.
What are your hobbies?
Writing, reading and researching. Family time.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I can’t remember a time when I haven’t written. At first I used to write these pitiful, sad little ditties, then I graduated to short stories, until I found my true love, writing novels.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I fly by the seat of my pants.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
My website is: http://www.margarettanner.com/
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
A best seller.