Interview with Margaret Gregory

What do your fans mean to you?
They are my reason to keep writing - for if no one enjoyed my work, the fun would be gone from my writing.
What are you working on next?
I have many stories written and put away - I am working to bring them all out to be enjoyed. However, several are unfinished, and they are the next ones I will work on.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many, beginning with John Creasey and Arthur Upfield, and moving on to Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, and Clive Cussler.
What is your writing process?
I am old fashioned, I like to write with a pen on paper. I find the ideas flow easier that way because I write faster than I type. Once I have the first draft done, then I begin typing, and this becomes my first redraft. Then, I leave the work for a while - time flies when you are distracted by family - and when I come back to it I begin to redraft in earnest. I concentrate on the aspect of my writing that I tend to neglect when just getting the story out.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like finding books by my favourite authors, and have a whole book case to choose from. Generally, I like fantasy, some sci-fi, mysteries, crime, and action stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
When I use one, it is a kindle. However, I like to read real paper books and listen to audio books (great for when you are washing dishes or ironing).
When did you first start writing?
I began writing in high school. I came across an interesting word, triumvirate, and that sparked my first novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Since I took many years between starting to write and polishing the work, my the time I began sending it out, the publishers were getting pickier. Them when I realised that much of the marketing would be up to me, I decided I could do most of the publishing myself as well. This way I had more control over my work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords, has given me access to distribution channels I had never heard of, and made the distribution of the e-book version so easy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a story and sharing it.
Published 2015-03-20.
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Books by This Author

Maeven : Dragon Thief
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 117,030. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2017 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Running away from an arranged marriage, Princess Maeven decides to become a thief. But was it choice or destiny? For when the kingdom faces grave peril, her skills are needed, and the dying dragon mage has chosen her to protect her successor.
Wanda: Risking Life to Live
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 97,930. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The euphoria of successful heists were what kept Wanda Dean alive. At 23, she was crime boss Harrison Franklin’s top agent – well paid for absolute obedience. That’s all that mattered. Until she met Mike Johnston and her boss ordered him killed. For that, the Franklins were going to pay. In Risking Life to Live, justice conflicts with loyalty and the penalty for betrayal is death.
Invasion - The Tymorean Trust Book 6
Series: The Tymorean Trust. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 129,940. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2017 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Great Ones Tymos and Kryslie go to rescue the crew of Earth’s first deep space mission – and discover that Ciriot space pirates have discovered Earth’s location. When the Ciriot invade in force, the Great Ones reveal themselves so that Earth can gain vital help. However, Kryslie becomes the victim of Ciriot, who want to control her mind and make her betray the people of Earth.
Tricks
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 57,440. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Urban
Tom and Jo Dwyer had a reputation for playing tricks – and getting detention. They didn’t seem to care about that, so long as they made their class laugh. That was until someone began to turn their tricks against them, and it was no longer funny.
Footsteps in the Dark
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2017 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
You get all sorts of noises in old houses. The wind can make the window rattle and sound as if someone is trying to break in. The wood and bricks, cooling at different rates, can make little sounds that could be someone stealthily raising a window, millimetre by millimetre. Now, I was aware that my body was rigid and I was hearing footsteps, like someone walking upstairs…
Korvu: The Beginning
Series: Atapi Sorceress. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 63,040. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Jai Ansuni was the first female Atapi sorcerer for thousands of years, but she dare not reveal it. However, when tribal sorcerer, Stacion Ansuni escalates the enmity between Atapi and Kumatan to an ominous level. Jai and her womb mate, Con, try to mitigate his atrocities but can two young Atapi, not even a score of years old, win against the powerful sorcerer?
Wanda: Choosing Crime
Series: The Third Generation. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 36,210. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
Wanda was free. She was never going back to jail. But she was homeless, almost penniless and Harrison Franklin had a long and vengeful memory. Jim Phillips had a long memory too, and Wanda had saved his life. Could he save her from Franklin?
Alien Contact - The Tymorean Trust Book 5
Series: The Tymorean Trust. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 153,750. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Tymos and Kryslie Ward, hide their Tymorean intelligence and abilities while working as low ranked technicians at the WSRA’s lunar base. When an alien ship arrives at Lunar One, pursued by a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, only the two Tymorean Great Ones have the knowledge and abilities to overcome him, but to do so they must risk their sanity, and their souls.
Crazy Tails
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Three of these stories are based on real creatures I have known, but their names have been changed to protect the not so innocent. The incidents are real, the events happened, but the telling is tempered by nostalgia and the POV – that’s where the fantasy comes in. Spend some moments as a mouse, a possum, a cat and a rabbit.
Atapi Sorceress
Series: Atapi Sorceress. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 221,400. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Jai Cassidy is beginning her mission of reversing the decline of the non-humanoid Atapi. As a sorceress and an Atapi-Human hybrid, she is vehemently disliked by the male Atapi sorcerers and the humanoid rulers of Korvu. Her task is complicated by the treachery of a group of alien engineers, who are inciting insurrection and harsh reprisals.
Rattling Chains
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 3,450. Language: Australian English. Published: December 31, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
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I slammed the phone to my ear, “Colin! Where are you?” I was yelling. “I haven’t time for that. I need your help.” “What? Where?” “Grab the chain, Hetty! Grab it, and don’t let go.” “What chain? Colin? What chain?” He was gone.
Another Time, Another Place
Price: Free! Words: 540. Language: Australian English. Published: November 27, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
He had helped to create a life! “If only Krys could have been here to see her…”
Wanda: From Bad to Worse
Series: The Third Generation. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 67,860. Language: Australian English. Published: November 6, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
If she was going to die young, like her mother, Gwen Willard was determined to die rich and she had very few years to do it. She met Hooch, who taught her some exciting and illegal skills, and she came to the attention of the police. Then her uncanny knack for predicting trouble, warned her to flee to the city and change her name. She was 15. Life wasn’t easy, but her new skills came in handy.
A Matter of Balance
Price: Free! Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
John loved to skate, and he wasn't a coward. He just needed a board to prove it.
A Season for Every Purpose
Price: Free! Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
What does one of a planet's Great Ones do, when there is no longer a use for him?
The Tymorean Trust Book 4 - Earth Mission
Series: The Tymorean Trust. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 96,640. Language: Australian English. Published: March 31, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Just before their graduation from the prestigious WSRA Washington University, Tymos and Kryslie Ward deliberately disappear. The Great Ones have foreseen the capture and death of the new Tymorean missionaries and discovered that the leader of the Eastern Imperium plans to undermine the United World Nations. Tymos and Kryslie must protect their kin and prevent a potentially devastating world war.
Double-edged Malice
Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: Australian English. Published: March 24, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
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Andy's brother is her guardian, but they are not friends. Under his law-abiding image, he's up to something. Though she knows better than to pry into his business, it doesn't stop her from trying to cause him trouble.
The Tymorean Trust Book 3 - The Return to Earth
Series: The Tymorean Trust. Price: $4.99 $1.25 USD. (75% off!) Words: 100,500. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Even before the war on Tymorea, the Elders foresaw that Great Ones Tymos and Kryslie would have an imperative mission on Earth. But as the Tymoreans prepare to build an Earthbase to support them, they discover that specifications for two vital protective shields are missing. Now, nearly a century later, Tymos and Kryslie must find his work and build the generator before the base is found.
My Earliest Memory
Price: Free! Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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How much of what we dream is real? For Tommi, an orphan boy - his dream was the key to his destiny.
The Princess's Ransom
Price: Free! Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2014 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00)
Maeven was a thief, a clever one. What would make her risk the King's wrath by stealing the Princess's ransom?
The Tymorean Trust Book 2 - Great Ones
Series: The Tymorean Trust, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 325,700. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The peace of the Guardian Planet, Tymorea, is in deadly peril. War there will create ripples of unrest and destruction throughout the settled universe. Tymos and Kryslie, still adolescents, have barely mastered their power and Llaimos is still less than a year old, but they are the three chosen to be Advocates of the mystical Guardians of Peace, to safeguard the Tymorean Trust.
The Tymorean Trust Book 1 - Power Rising
Series: The Tymorean Trust, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 169,570. Language: Australian English. Published: February 9, 2014 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Chosen to be the Advocates of the mystical and incorporeal Guardians of Peace, twins Tymos and Kryslie must first learn to control and use the power rising in them - or it will destroy them. On Tymorea, only the ruling Triumvirate Governors are powerful enough to guide the strong-willed alien-bred twins until they have mastered their power.
The Wild One
Series: Atapi Sorceress, Book 1. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 108,250. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2013 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00)
Sixteen year old Jai Cassidy thought she was finally free of her family until she is discovered by her other relatives…the ones that aren’t human. Jai uses her natural perversity and cunning to escape their control, but catapults herself into the middle of a deadly feud between two alien races.
Graffiti Girl
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 6,550. Language: Australian English. Published: July 2, 2013 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Valerie has become known as "The Graffiti Girl" but she is more than just a street artist. She sees and paints life her way. In Valkyrie, the second story, Valerie is blinded by an explosion and must learn to paint and see again.
Ghost Writer
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 8,730. Language: Australian English. Published: July 2, 2013 and represented by TAT Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Edwina is a ghost with a mission - to find out why she died. Only to do so, she must first help another girl.