I have the great honour of calling Margaret my friend. She is my critic, my mentor and my guiding hand. Words cannot express how happy I am to have such a talented author here on my blog. I have had the pleasure of reading many of her books and, like all of the authors who have joined me here, I highly recommend her work.
Margaret Tanner – Bio
Margaret Tanner is a multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically accurate. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or cemetery too overgrown. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.
As part of her research she has visited the World War 1 battlefields in France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.
Margaret is a member of the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG). She won the 2007 and 2009 Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. Her novel Frontier Wife won the Best Historical Romance Novel at the 2010 Readers Favourite Award, and another novel, Wild Oats was a 2011 Finalist in the EPIC awards. In 2013, her novel, Savage Possession, came 3rd in International Digital Awards contest hosted by the Oklahoma RWA, and her World War 1 novel, A Rose In No Man’s Land is a semi-finalist in The Kindle Book Reviews 2013 Best Indie Book Awards.
Margaret is married with three grown up sons, and two gorgeous little granddaughters.
Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion.
What can readers expect when they read your book(s)?
A rolicking adventure set against a well researched historical background.
How do you balance writing with the rest of your life?
I am retired now, so it is easier than when I worked. I suppose you would say, it is all a balancing act.
Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
I don’t really have a typical day, I just write when and wherever I can.
Describe your writing space
I have a study which is quite cluttered and not very well laid out when I come to think of it. I always write the first draft of my story in longhand in my trusty note book, so I can really write anywhere I please. I have been known to write on the train travelling to work, out in the backyard, or in a coffee shop, but I do have to go to my study when it is time to transfer my story on to the computer. It is on the computer that I do all my editing.
What you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Family and friends.
What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
I write historical fiction set in Australia. I have always loved writing and history, so it seemed logical for my two loves to come together. Australia has an interesting but bloody history and as I come from a long line of pioneers, I thought the stories of my ancesters and what they, and peope like them, accomplished in a harsh and alien land should be told.
Do your characters come to you first, or the plot, or the world of the story?
I think I would have to say the plot. I always start off with a vague outline or idea and work on that, but somehow the characters pop into my head and demand to be heard.
What sets your books apart from other authors?
The fact that I write historicals set in Australia, and I am diligent with my research. Several of my novels have been set against the background of Australia’s involvement in the 1st World War, and that appears to be an era that is not often written about with regards to historical romance.
How do you go about developing your characters?
I really don’t know, they seem to develop themselves. I do have a physical picture of them in my mind, but other than that, they come to me as the story progresses.
Out of all the characters that you’ve written, who is your favourite and why?
I like Harriet Martin (Harry), from my 1st World War novel, Daring Masquerade. She was brave and resourceful, prepared to do anything to protect her shell-shocked brother, even if it meant she had to pretend to be a boy..
Can you share a little of your current work?
I am not doing anything at the moment, I have been concentrating on promotion, but I have recently finished working on a novel, A Wicked Deception, and a few days ago my publisher released it on Amazon. It is set during the 1850’s on the Australian goldfields.
Where can readers find more information on you? Website? FaceBook? Newsletter? Twitter?
My website, blog, and publisher’s pages are:
Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
Make Love Not War
A Mortal Sin
A Wicked Deception
We Never Said I Love You
Holly And The Millionaire
(All from Books We Love)
A Rose In No Man’s Land
(The Wild Rose Press)
(Whiskey Creek Press)