Interview with P. O. Margaret

When did you first start writing?
It was more of a start-and-stop process, but I finally got serious in February 2015.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Mine is a coming of age story set into three volumes. It chronicles the scandalous lives of the leaders of a fictional nation called Folio. It takes place between two cousins fighting for their right to be queen, all the while detailing the upheaval this civil war causes, not just in the nation, but in the lives of those closest to the two queens.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really love fantasy, and I wanted to be an active contributor in the genre.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We'll have to wait and see, won't we?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when you write a really beautiful sentence that is well put together, and not at all pretentious. I do try my hardest not to take myself too seriously.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm pretty sure they would be worth more than gold to me if I had any... Please like me ;-)
What are you working on next?
I am working on the second volume of the series: The Age of the Demigod.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to feed on the unborn... Eggs. I mean eggs. I mean the need to eat breakfast.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hands down Ken Follett, and Philippa Gregory and Dr Margaret Ogola.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time trying to make money out of my car hiring business.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't know if it counts as a story if you never finished it. To be fair, I must have been 10 or 11, when I first took a stab at writing.
What is your writing process?
Because I have the attention span of a flea, and the inability to remain interested in my work when I suffer writer's block, I find that having a plot device laid out, really helps the process along. So I start with a general layout, then alter it to suit the needs of my story as I go along. And when writer's block inevitably strikes me harder than Chris brown, I just go back to the plot device and review what can be done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Aside from the nursery school fairy tales, the first story that I actually enjoyed from start to finish was Harry Potter. I was 11 when I read the first instalment, and I had to respect the fact that Lord Voldemort cared so much for Harry's education, that he would only attack at the end of the school year.
Education: it's important.
Even He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named agrees.
Jokes aside, I have loved fantasy ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
I like for the characters to be on the cover, so that a potential reader can relate.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Fall of Giants.
The Pillars of the Earth.
The Other Boleyn Girl.
The Boleyn Inheritance.
The Eragon series.
I would have to say that I found these books to be extremely well written. The authors build a world in which the reader becomes immersed. The characters are interesting and have depth. And you literally begin to get the junky withdrawal shakes when you're not enjoying these stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
Cosmopolitan.
I am a Philistine.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop and my phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Giving the book away for free. :-( I'm still sore about that one, but I recognize the fact that this is my first attempt, and people do not know who I am. I just have to build a level of trust and a healthy following, so that people will have faith in my ability to give them value entertainment for their money.
Describe your desk
I write from the couch. It's comfy.
Published 2015-08-05.
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Books by This Author

The True Queen Saga: The Battle of the Two Queens
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 135,670. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
This is a new adult, fantasy, fiction trilogy, which focuses on the scandalous lives of the leaders of a fictional country called Folio. The first instalment, The Battle of the Two Queens, was completed in April 2015, and tells of the struggle between two young women trying to impose their opposing ideals on an entire nation.