Interview with Mantha McEwan

Who are your favorite authors?
Authors that I can read again and again are Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, both of these set their stories in the Regency period but I like to remind people that Austen was writing contemporary works rather than historical as we see it now.
Another pair of authors I can read repeatedly are Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, I found these guys through their collaborative work 'Good Omens' and never looked back.
Ursula Le Guin was one I favoured as a teenager but I've not read the Earthsea books for a good few years now.
Pamela Belle has the honour of being the only author that I have managed to read when the story is in the first person, she also introduced me to the works of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.
What is your writing process?
My writing process consists of one steaming hot mug of coffee and an open word doc. I close my eyes call the characters forward and then write as fast as they talk, after a couple of hours I stop to throw the stone cold coffee away and make a fresh one.
How do you approach cover design?
I run around screaming, tearing my hair out in big clumps, then hand it over to a designer. Some things I just don't excel at.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer, I love how the story just romps along, twisting in on itself and back out again, the wit that runs throughout the story and the mystery of 'the old gentleman'.

2. Good Omens by Pratchett & Gaiman, the characterization of Crowley and Aziraphale who have basically gone soft on humanity because they like living with us just makes me grin all the way through it.

3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, because Mr Darcy.

4. The Moon in the Water by Pamela Belle (and the two that follow), the only books written in first person that I have ever managed to read, I really did fall for the hero Francis and cried whenever he was hurtful.

5. final choice here is the one I'm currently writing.
What are you working on next?
Another story involving an actor, this one has a supernatural element to it though so really exploring a different avenue whilst still remaining firmly in romance.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As my own worst critic I honestly didn't think a publisher would want my book so indie was the obvious choice.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the HEA. I'm still waiting for my own so I love writing them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a Company Director so if I'm not writing, I'm working in that field, I feel guilty about sleeping!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friends/fellow author recommendations, browsing the free lists,
Describe your desk
My desk is a small lap table which sits on my bed so I can be super comfy as I write.
Published 2015-01-19.
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