What’s important to me?

1. Faith.
Screenshot 2014-06-23 21.51.28 My personal belief in, committment to and relationship with Jesus Christ is central to my life and that means it affects both what and how I write. I write secular fiction, and do not use my writing to ‘preach’ or to impose my beliefs on anyone else, but you won’t find either explicit sex or strong language in any of my writing, and although in Turn of the Tide – a novel dealing with the issue of living within conflict – there is some necessary violence, it is a very small proportion of the book (1 1/2 pages out of c 400). Once past the first chapter the worst is over!! Graphic, yes. Gratuitous, no. (If you want to see whether you agree, read the sample here.)

2. Family.
I am a daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. Do any of my family feature in my writing? Well perhaps some of their character traits pop up now and again – or so they claim – maybe even some of mine (the best ones of course…) but in both cases it’s more likely to occur in short stories than in my novels.

3. Fun.
Screenshot 2014-06-23 21.55.40 Fun shouldn’t be the prerogative of the young. I’m a board game addict and our best family times are when we get together to play games, with the obligatory chocolate (my personal favourites are chocolate mint and chocolate ginger) and snacks! I’m also still not averse to the occasional water fight and refuse to part with the ‘super-soakers’ in my attic. All we need is some hot weather…


More seriously, for me writing is an important part of my life. I feel a responsibility to use my God-given talent wisely and privileged that my writing gives pleasure to others. I hope to be able to continue doing so for many years to come.

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    • Writng the sequel now, Ann – if you leave me your details I’ll keep in touch! Though publication date is likely to be spring next year. I have an historical short story coming out in the Historical Novel Society forthcoming anthology – if you want to keep your eye out for that – it’ll be an e book (I think).

  1. Landing on your feet is not what we’d call it! I’ve never known anyone else to get a free trip to Boston after just striking up a conversation in a library – the rest of us are not jealous, just embarrassed!

    • Margaret, as a newcomer to your work I look forward to reading Turn of the Tide. Many congrats from another N Irish writer.

      • Thank you, Margaret. I look forward to your feedback!

  2. Hello, Margaret! I saw your comment on the Martin Luther Podcast website — I’m excited about your historical novel based on Martin and his wife! What a great idea!

    • Hope you enjoy Turn of the Tide, Megan, do let me know.

    • Hi Halita, our family all love board games, they are an integral part on any holiday, and now we have grandchildren who we are encouraging to also catch the bug! Re the books – if you do get a chance to read on, please do let me know how you got on – feedback from readers is great.

  3. Hello, I’m wondering about your book Katharina and whether it is written from a Catholic perspective. I see that you mention that you are a Christian…you are a born-again believer? šŸ™‚

    • Straightforward answer, Diane – yes. Though i spelt out what faith means to me above because I didn’t want to use jargon that a0 some folk might not be familiar with and b) might mean different things to different people.

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