"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared to meet me is another matter."
-Winston Churchill

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Bit of Romance - Paranormal Style with Margaret West

Thank you so much for being with us today.

Please tell us a little about yourself.....

I was Born in England and moved to the Kent countryside five years ago to get away from the busy life of London. I’m married with two grown up children and am a Clairknowing medium, Crystal Therapist, Parapsychologist and Psychic Development tutor.
I’ve been writing over 20 years and has numerous short stories, novels and articles published. I write romance and paranormals. Incorporating my spiritual experiences, into my books.

What do you see as your influences on your writing?

I think everything in life influences me. My mediumistic work is incorporated into my novels and situations, that I’m tend to find myself in, offer me other inspirations.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes. Finding the time to write. I love to write full time and envy those who can.

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

Like every writer I’d love to write a blockbuster or have a book turned into a film. Wouldn’t that be a blast!

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set

I don’t really. I do have an idea of how the storyline will go. A beginning, middle and end, but the fleshy parts tend to appear on their own as I write. The characters grow from a single idea, or a person I’ve met, even for an instant. It fascinates me sometimes how they do become so real to me by the time the book ends.LOL

What drew you to write about paranormal/ romance?

I am a true romantic at heart. I love a good love story with lots of twists and turned. As I spend a good part of my talking to spirit people, I thought incorporating that with romance seemed a great combination.

How did your title come into play?

The Heart of a Warrior is a bit bizarre really. It started off a non fiction, full of facts and information. Then one day a Navajo name I found by accident when I was researching, suddenly became a real man in my mind and the book started to change. It became more of a romance than a narration. Yuma had a huge heart and fought hard for the rights of his people and because of this, the book got a name.
Can you tell us a little bit about the main characters and/or the plot in your book?
Yuma is a chief of a fading reservation. To keep his people’s traditions and beliefs alive he decides to close it to the outside world. But when he falls in love with Belinda, a nurse from the UK, he suddenly finds he is questioning his beliefs. The traditions he lives by are now preventing him from being with the woman he loves. When a drugs farm is found on the reservation he is in danger of losing not only his people, but everything he’s ever loved. Can love really survive when two opposite worlds collide? Not all romances end happy, some are bittersweet. But I’ll leave that for the reader to find out for themselves.

What were your feelings when you first novel was accepted for

Awe struck. I never really thought I was ever good enough to be published. That feeling has never gone away.

What genre of books do you read?

I love historical, paranormals. My favourite author was Catherine Cookson. I loved all her books and have seen everyone of the movies they were made into.

Are you working on any projects right now?

I’ve just finished Spirit intervention. A comedy romance that has all sort of ghostly happenings going on.

Any last comments you would like to add?....

Yes. Follow my writers blog  http://margaret-paranormalromanceauthor.blogspot.com/ for loads of authors tours, contests and free gifts.
Follow my paranormal blog http://magsx.blogspot.com/ for all types of ghostly goings on.

Is there a website that readers may find you at?

Facebook, Margaret West
Twitter, mwest1962

Thank you so much for stopping in and chatting with us today Margaret.  I always enjoy talking with you.


Diane Scott Lewis said...

Margaret, loved the interview. It's always interesting to read about how other authors achieved their success. Your stories sound awesome.

Sharon said...

I love Margaret's books, in fact when I proofread for her, she teases me by not sending me the final chapter...!
It's a new genre for me, and I enjoy Margaret's style of writing... I find myself gripped every time!
Great interview Margaret.

Sharon Benjamin

Cate Masters said...

Wonderful interview! Wouldn't that be amazing to see The Heart of a Warrior on the silver screen? Who would you like to see as hero and heroine, Margaret?

Unknown said...

Lovely interview, Margaret. Both sound like must reads. The way Yuma tries to keep his peoples values and traditions alive but can't in the real world is sad. Sometimes progress and the heart have a way of interfering. It does have a bittersweet tone. It's on my TBR list.

Nancy Lee Badger said...

Nice interview and great book covers! Good luck with them both!

cornelia amiri said...

Margret, fantastic post and both books Two Faces, One Life and The Heart of a Warrior sound fascinating. Congratualtiosn on both!