Monday, July 28, 2008

Interview with Margaret Tanner

Author Pen Name: Margaret Tanner

CA: What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

MT: I write historical romance. I have always been interested in history and I have always loved writing, so it seemed a good idea to marry the two of them.

CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

MT: I can never remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer.

CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

MT: I felt that I had a story to tell. I wanted to encourage people to read history but not have to sit down and read some dusty old tome.

CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

MT: I write when and where I can. The weekends or evenings are probably my main times.

CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

MT: Ecstatic

CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

MT: I am a medical audio-typist working on a casual basis now, but still more hours than I want, because it takes me away from my writing. I have got the travel bug, and have visited Europe, US and Asia.

CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

MT: About fifteen in all. I have two novels out with Whiskeycreek Press and another coming out with them in August. I have three novels contracted with The Wild Rose Press and one contracted with Enspiren Press. I have four novels under consideration and three or four more sitting in the cupboard while I decide where to send them.

My favorite novel would be “The English Rose” which is coming out in June from Enspiren Press, but I love all my novels..

CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

MT: A bit of both really.

CA: Do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?

MT: Keep on trying and never give up on your dream, no matter how many setbacks you receive. Getting published is never easy, but it is achievable, if you persevere.

CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?

MT: My website is
Information about purchasing my books can be found on my website or my publishers’ website.

CA: Is there anything you would like to add?

MT: I would just like to thank you, Crystal, for giving me the opportunity of answering this questionnaire.

CA: Thank you Margaret for hanging out here this week :)


Zulmara said...

Historical romance is my absolute fav genre...need to look up some of these books...

Love your advice to young writers...keeping your dream alive is very important...



Morgan Mandel said...

I know what you mean. I really wish I could spend more time writing instead of doing what I need to do to make money.

Morgan Mandel

Phyllis Campbell said...

Well...I think you know I love historicals, too! LOL It was great to read your interview. I feel I know you a little better.


Anita Davison said...

Just dropped by to congratulate you on your interview. Your cover is lovely and I wish you every success with 'The English Rose'


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Everyone,
Thank you so much for your comments I really appreciate you dropping by and for Crystal for giving me the interview opportunity. There is nothing like settling down and transporting yourself back in time with a nice history book.

Anonymous said...

I love historical romances where I get to learn new things but the author doesn't hit me over the head with a knowledge club. I'm so glad you get that. Just tell me a good story and slip in the history.

Best wishes, Donna L. Bolk

Jane Beckenham said...

Nice interview Margaret. Good luck with your coming releases.

Jane Beckenham

Lisabet Sarai said...

Fine interview, and a gorgeous cover, Margaret. I wish you lots of success with your latest baby!

Brenda Weaver said...

Great interview Margaret!
Good Luck with English your cover btw!
I love historicals too...can't wait to get mine back out there!
Brenda J Weaver

Susan Macatee said...

Great interview, Margaret!
I just love historicals and want to see more and more of them.
Good luck with all your books!!

Debra St. John said...

Best of luck. Historicals are so fun because it allows us to experience another place an time.

Bess McBride said...

Wonderful interview, Margaret!!

Bess McBride

Jan McDaniel said...

A super interview and great advice!

Judith Leger said...

Excellent interview, Margaret! Wishing you all the best with your books!