Friday, March 2, 2012




Hello Margaret, thank you again for allowing us this interview. After looking over your bio I see that writing is truly in your blood so to speak. Being the grandniece of Irish author Benedict Kiely and second cousin of Irish author Sharon Owens. What do you think about their writing and how has it helped you develop your own style?

They’re both amazing writers, but their work is completely different than mine. Aside from being extremely proud to be related to them, their work didn’t really influence mine. However, my cousin Sharon has been an amazing friend, a wonderful sounding board and her drive and beautiful writing is simply inspiration on its own.

Are there other authors that are inspirations to you and if so who are they?

JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. But honestly, almost all authors that I read inspire me.

Like so many authors it seems your love of writing began with your addiction for reading. If you had to make a choice between the two which would you choose and why?

That’s a tough one, but would say reading would have to stay. I love writing, but without books to read, I would wither away…

You seem to enjoy various genres, what other genres have you thought about writing in and what plans do you have for your next work?

I really haven’t put much thought into writing in other genres. I don’t really have control over what my brain produces, so far it’s only spit out the fiction/science fiction realm. My next work is also fiction (probably more science fiction I think); I can’t say too much about it at this point as it’s really to new of a project. But it will again take place in San Francisco.

Being born and raised in California did you ever find yourself getting caught up in the glamour there or were you more interested in staying away from all that?

I’m afraid that’s my biggest complaint about CA, I find all the hoopla about celebrities to be rather annoying. They’re just people… with high profile jobs… I guess I would say that I’m more interested in staying away from all that. Although I will admit, it’s sort of fun seeing Joe Montana and his wife walking around downtown SF, go Niners!

You recently pulled the book for re-editing and a bit more work, can you tell us more about this and the process and how you feel now with the changes that have been made?

That was a humbling and rather embarrassing experience. Initially the reviews of DE were great, but after a few months, the reviews weren’t so great… I reviewed what these people were saying and they were right. It was hard to believe that all my hard work just wasn’t good enough, but it was even harder to realize I’d made so many mistakes, these are things I should have caught (and of course my editor probably should have caught them as well). But no one is to blame but me, so I asked my publisher to pull the book so we could go over it with a fine tooth comb. I’m a firm believer of personal responsibility and making it right. I think the 2nd Edition is much better and I hope we’ve addressed all the concerns.

Tell us about some things you've done, places you've been and things you've seen over the years that have inspired your writing process.

My husband and I really enjoy traveling, and we seem to keep going back to the same places year after year (the Hawaiian Islands, Ireland and England). I really can’t say if those places have had a direct impact on my writing, but I do get a lot of work done on those long plane flights… I find that the oddest things inspire my writing, and they usually happen in my day-to-day life.

What are some of your all time favorite books?

The Chronicles of Narnia, The Dark Tower series by S. King, the Odd Thomas series by K. Koontz and almost everything Ray Bradbury has ever written.

Having what seems to be such a heavy Irish background have you ever wanted to move there or perhaps have plans to live there someday?

I’m first generation American and the majority of my paternal side of the family is in IR. I would love to live there for a year or maybe longer. However my husband is an Anglophile and wants to live outside of London, compromise: it’s just a short and inexpensive flight from Heathrow to Dublin and I would be able to have the best of both worlds… England will probably win out in the end...

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other aspiring authors? Please give us your links as well, so we can learn more about you and your works.

Writing is hard work, finding an agent and/or publisher is even harder. But don’t give up! My recent experience regarding DE has also taught me to slow down; I think many of the mistakes that I made with DE are a result of not having taken the time to have others read my work first. I think as authors we sometimes can’t see the forest through the trees, we’re so used to our story that we don’t see a lot of the mistakes we’re making. I’ve learned a great deal from the experience and I hope it makes me a better writer.!/profile.php?id=100002915649470

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