Interview with Margaret Wilson

How did you start writing your current book?
You must know how it is - you write an email. blog, postcard which is witty, sharp and funny and your friends immediately say how clever you are. "You should write a book!' is the cry.

Of course I said 'No - I couldn't.' But gradually I began to believe what was said. Vanity raised its ugly head. Of course I could write a book. Secretly I always wanted to. So I opened the diary I kept on the Camino de Santiago and started writing
What are you working on next?
My next book is about Cuba. I spent three weeks wandering around meeting all sorts of people - university educated cab drivers, poorly paid doctors, well fed waiters....

Amazing contrasts between city and village are evident. Friendly people with honest opinions about their lives and living conditions. Clever scammers you are generally happy to lose a dollar to. Fidel's alive and his influence is everywhere. Che is the guerilla hero. Buena Vista Social Club is the embodiment of Cuban music you hear in every bar.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The most pleasurable way is traveling - by any means of transport - starting from the feet up to flying.
Weren't you in South America recently?
Si si! And there's another book there - 42,000 kilometres in 9 months. Rio to Rio carnival with humid jungles, desert temperatures dropping to -18 at night, 5,000 metre altitudes, moving glaciers and a cast of misfits on a converted truck with a crew who couldn't speak Spanish or Portuguese.
What is your writing process?
I think of something clever my characters might do or say and then try to remember what was clever and write it down. I write long hand or type. Long hand can take forever yet be pleasurable. Typing is quicker, easier to alter.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Anticipation - my first cup of coffee.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read biographies and am impressed by people's achievements, sometimes in the face of great adversity. I read crime thrillers because they are racy, scary and the good guy usually wins in the end. Recipe books give me great pleasure - I can enjoy a glass of wine and order in without missing a page.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Haven't graduated to an e-reader yet. Still loving turning the pages.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords and me - with help from the 'how to' section of the library. Just learning about social media and wondering if a real life marketing guru might like to sign me up for a talking tour.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made my e-book available to the reader of any electronic media. It's been the most effective marketing tool I have - apart from my own modest self.
And your next mildly epic adventure?
So sedate by comparison to the last few adventures - it's to cycle in France, beside the canals with detours to wineries. Well, that's the current plan.....
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

My Husband Made Me Do It! A Pilgrim With Plastic On The Camino de Santiago
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,660. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Fat, 59, fortified daily by red wine and challenged by my husband, I start a mildly epic adventure. This book is part autobiography, part travel guide, an honest but tongue in cheek record of my Camino. It lists distances, places to stay and to avoid, what to take, degree of difficulty and ultimately proves anybody can do it. I want to inspire you to take the first step on your own adventure.