Interview with Margareth Ralph

How do you approach cover design?
There are feelings deep inside and when I write a book I know which painting of mine expresses the feel of the story. I enjoy the cover design tremendously as I enjoy the reader through whose eyes I paint the cover pic.
What are your five favorite books, and why?What are my five favorite books?
Dales Diamonds I love because of the Sioux blood that runs in my characters veins and because he takes his new love and she asks to know about his previous life with his deceased wife. This to me is a beautiful story.
I love how to be an Entrepreneur because it is me. I have been a business person all my life and regret that I did not do greater things.
I love and when the night as I did this book when I had only left a schizophrenic husband as he was mixing up high Schedule sleeping and painkillers in my food as he did with his previous wife. I came away with my life but did nothing to prevent him doing this to other women as I could not prove a thing.
I loved writing I, Paul, my first book. It was difficult being a first and also because it was rigid and had to fall into the lines of the truth taken from the bible.
Oh Shit I'm 60 is probably my bestie as it tells of experiences since I have turned 60. But before I turned 60 I had a moment of panic and married unbeknowing to me a schizophrenic younger man and my hell began.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love motivational books. I love gardening books and family magazines. I love looking at all the good food and fashion. I just love everything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my lap top. I sold my car and bought a laptop and it is my prized possession as I love playing with words and e-reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am seriously in love with smashwords and the net. I cannot want to live one day without the internet as I am quite a recluse but do all communication and marketing via the net.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have had a very interesting life growing up. I lived in the poorer sides of town as my parents partied almost daily. We were so poor that I had to swipe food for myself and my siblings. Was caught once by eleven years of age and took a vow if I can be freed from the deed I would never swipe jelly or chocolates or anything ever again. And I never got into trouble and I never touched something that did not belong to me ever again.
Describe your desk
Neat, Interesting, Laptop, paint brushes and pencils for Africa
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I surf the net and thus stumbled onto being an Indie author, In my deepest I knew this is what I'm to do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm new at Smashwords but know in my deepest that I'm going to end up on the map, I have a good feeling and enjoy every Smashword moment.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Living through the pen as it were. Allowing my mind freedom. Escaping from the nastiness of things that happen to people. I go where I can make a difference to someone's life.
What book am I considering to write next?
I have been giving it much consideration to work on a book about the Shroud of Turin and the Crucification. Have started to do research but afraid I'm a bit of a weeny and remember since I started school that was the one subject that left me cringing with sorrow at such ruthlessness. I do not know if I am going to be able to follow through but will give it my all before letting go.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wilbur Smith.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The reason for me waking positive everyday is the reason that I have died after heart op but came back again and to know that I am granted another day once again, I know there is still a task for me to do!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love music and spend most of the day listening to music that calms my spirit.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By spending my every free moment cruising the net.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. It is like birth how can one forget giving birth to a new baby?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It was in 1954 and it was in my first reader and it read something like. Once upon a time chicken licken went to the woods when an acorn fell on his head. The sky has fallen on my head he cried. Oh goodness I loved chicken licken for being so cute.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
F'up Relationships. It is so blatantly funny. I had also just left life behind and fled to live in the mountains in a caravan on my own.
Oh Shit! I'm 80. I cried my eyes out to write the chapter on departing to the other side.
I Paul. It was my first book and the expectation of being able to do it so right for my Creator.
Gilbert le Grump. A children's book about a giraffe that did not have the guts to make a decision.
Mermaids and Fairies. It was amazing to be young again and allow my mind to think the things I loved when I was young.
When did you first start writing?
2-3 years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Preparing mature people for being 80 years young but gently discussing being ready to pass on.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything without a doubt. I write thinking that I want to entertain them above their expectation.
What are you working on next?
I am doing research for a Christian book about Jesus
What is your writing process?
I wait for inspiration from above.
What makes me the happiest besides knowing that my life is in rightstanding?
To entertain the readers. To help give them direction so they won't make the stupid mistakes that I did but at the same time making them laugh.
Published 2017-01-25.
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