Thanks Marie! I'm very happy and excited to be here. It's a very long time since I've enjoyed myself so much! My mother always said that life begins at 50. Well I'm 50 now and it seems that she was right!! :-)
Well you can't go wrong with that combination of now, the Highlands and the 18thCentury! I wish you all the best with that project. At the moment I am finishing the final chapters of the second in my Georgian historical mystery series (well it will be a series one day!) and then it is back to my Roxton series (more a family saga I guess) of Historical Romances: Writing Book 4 in the new year (set in 1777/78). Have a lovely Christmas.
Congratulations on your contract! Thanks for your comments on my blog both here and on the blog itself. I'm sorry I had forgotten I now have to approve comments (because spammers left tons of rubbish) and I didn't remember until today !! All comments now appear.
My preference is to write Historical, partially as I love the research element involved, although I do dabble a bit here and there. I occasionally try out other sub-genre via competitions too.
I think Young Adult is an interesting market; possibly as I get to see what my pupils are reading and school libraries are buying for them. I have been involved in a few Book Award Schemes through the years, in which teenagers select the winning authors, by reading and voting. And of course, I get to invite authors in to school to talk to the pupils.
I read quite a wide range, but largely Romance, or 'straight' Historical, such as "Wolf Hall"... Occasionally go commercially wider eg Steig Larsson and tend to cover the big award shortlists (Booker, Orange..). I'm a sucker for the classics and adore Shakespeare too (bought my first Complete Works aged 12 with my birthday money!).
Marie, I teach English (for my sins!). I did live in France for a year (more years ago than I care to remember) - spending about 3 months in Tignes and the rest of the time in Paris, with a break or two in Brittany. It was wonderful (although I was young and carefree back then) and it helped my French immensely. Probably forgotten it all now, sadly. Spent time in Oz too (haven't forgotten any of that language!).
I have written for an international glossy magazine (doing film festival, art-house and documentary film reviews). My first novel was completed about 3/4 years ago (gosh, is it really that long?) but have yet to submit that one. I am a serial revisionist! Is that a bad habit? x
Nice to meet you here, Marie. You must be so excited about your first novel coming out! Congratulations. Are you a member of RNA or did you go it alone? I see we both have the same day job. I'm up to my oxters (local slang for armpits) in internal assessments currently. Can't wait for the hols.