I’m delighted to welcome author and short story writer, Margaret Kaine, to my blog today. Margaret’s new historical romance novel, The Black Silk Purse is out now. Let’s find out a bit more about it. Here’s the gorgeous cover.
‘A REAL PAGE-TURNER WHICH YOU WILL NEVER FORGET’- HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY
Born and educated in Stoke-on-Trent, Margaret Kaine now lives in Eastbourne.
The Black Silk Purse is her second romantic historical novel set in the Edwardian era, following publication of Dangerous Decisions. Her debut novel, Ring of Clay won the RNA New Writer’s Award and the Society of Authors’ Sagittarius Prize and was followed by a further six bestselling sagas set in the Potteries.
When I was a young girl, reading every book I could find, I often used to think that I’d like to be a writer. But for someone from my background, I might as well have said that I wanted to be a film star. However, many many years later, here I am!
Has any author inspired you?
I think Catherine Cookson did. She was such a marvellous storyteller, and wrote about ordinary but very real people, whose loves and lives were full of fascination and drama.She also conveyed a vivid sense of background, in her own case the north-east. And in my seven Potteries novels, beginning with the award-winning Ring of Clay, I have tried to illustrate what life was like in North Staffordshire during the peak of its industrial power.
Catherine Cookson was one of my favourite authors. What do you like writing most, Margaret?
Dialogue. I always seem to get a special buzz when doing so.
Do you have a special place for writing?
I have my own desk and printer in the corner of my large bedroom. I used to have a separate study which was my ‘den’, but we’ve recently downsized and moved to the coast. Not so much space – but one advantage is not so much clutter! And being near the sea compensates for a lot.
I totally agree! Are you a pantster or a plotter?
Definitely a pantster. I am purely an organic writer. I do have a vague idea in my mind and am unable to write a word until I have the name of my heroine. From then on, the novel is like a flower, buds appear and then blossom. And like many writers I am often taken in a direction that can surprise me. That is what I find exciting, that the book is a journey of discovery for me in the same way that it is for the reader.
Is your writing ever inspired by your family or real life incidents?
I think Ring of Clay was. It was my first book and I followed the advice to ‘write about what you know’. I was born and educated in Stoke-on-Trent known as the Potteries. It was autobiographical in the beginning, but to my delight I soon discovered the story was flowing from my imagination. That was when I realised that I could actually become a writer.
What are you writing at the moment?
I am writing a romantic novel set in London at the time of the General Strike in 1926. It tells the story of Lady Deborah Claremont, who lost her fiance in the last year of WW1, and since then has led a double life. I’m over half-way through and am beginning to see clearly the rest of the book. I can’t wait to write the rest of the story.
What inspired you to write this book?
Probably a keen interest in politics and social justice. And of course, as with all my books, a desire to tell a love story.
What time of the day do you write best?
Definitely the morning. I begin immediately after breakfast. I can’t sit for hours though because of back problems. So after that, it’s as and when during the day.
What are your hobbies?
When writing allows, you mean? I spend more time with the printed word; reading is a joy. I enjoy playing chess with my husband, accompanied by a glass of wine and favourite music. Films are my other way of relaxing. And I love to walk along by the sea front.
What advice would you give to other writers?
To join a writers’ workshop, and find a good one. To read aloud their work to see if the words flow, and to discover any repetitions and check on the pace. And a huge help in editing is to download the manuscript to read on a Kindle.
Great advice, Margaret!
You can find out more about Margaret here:
Website – margaretkaine.com
Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Margaret. Wishing you many sales!
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