Sunday 2 November 2014

Author Interview: Margaret James

Today's interview is with Margaret James.

1. Let us get to know you :)
Favorite kind of chocolate? Swiss dark plain every time!
Tea or Coffee? Difficult – tea first thing in the morning, coffee throughout the day, tea last thing at night.
Cats or dogs? Cats, but I do like dogs too.
Favorite season? Autumn/fall.
Paris or New York? Paris – I love Paris at any time of year!
One Amusing fact about yourself? 
I can’t tell left from right and always have to work it out. While I was learning to drive, my instructor had to write L and R on the backs of my hands.

2.  And now tell us about your new book, Magic Sometimes Happens? 
It’s a romantic comedy set in Minnesota, a state in America’s Midwest, in London and in Paris. When single PR fashion consultant Rosie Denham meets married father-of-two Patrick Riley, who is a college professor and a dedicated scientist, they’re immediately attracted. But they both realise taking things futher would be a very bad plan. Patrick is American. Rosie is British. Patrick’s wife is having an affair with a British man, so Patrick isn’t inclined to warm to anybody British. All the same, magic starts to happen between them. What will they do about it?

3. To see Rosie and Patrick better, who would play them in a movie?
Rosie – Anne Hathaway or Gemma Arterton.
Patrick – Richard Armitage or Orlando Bloom.

4. What was the inspiration behind the book?
My daughter lives in Minnesota, and a couple of years ago I visited during the fall. It was so beautiful that I fell in love with it and knew I had to set a story there. 

5. What are you working on right now?
The story of Rosie’s Aunt Lily, who makes the wrong decisions at every stage of her life and has to work very hard for her happy-ever-after.


Book blurb: 

Passport to love … 
London-based PR and promotions consultant Rosie Denham has just spent a year in Paris where she’s tried but failed to fall in love. She’s also made a big mistake and can’t forgive herself.

American IT professor Patrick Riley’s wife has left him for a Mr Wonderful with a cute British accent and a house with a real yard. So Patrick’s not exactly thrilled to meet another Brit who’s visiting Minnesota, even if she’s hot.

Pat and Rosie couldn’t be more different.   She’s had a privileged English upbringing. He was raised in poverty in Missouri. Pat has two kids, a job that means the world to him and a wife who might decide she wants her husband back.

So when Pat and Rosie fall in love, the prospects don’t seem bright for them. But magic sometimes happens – right?

Magic Sometimes Happens is book 5 in the Charton Minster Series (The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, The Penny Bangle and The Wedding Diary).  

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  1. Thank you for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. It's great to be here.

  2. I love anything set in the American Midwest, Margaret, and this sounds just the sort of novel I enjoy. And the reference to Richard Armitage - Well, I can't wait to read it!

  3. This new novel of yours sounds a real treat, Margaret. I'm looking forward to it.

  4. what a cute cover and I love a good romantic comedy! It's so fun to read! thanks for the interview

  5. I’ve just finished Magic Sometimes Happens and absolutely loved it. It made me laugh and cry, and I felt really close to the characters. Looking forward to reading Lily’s story. :-)

  6. I loved Magic Sometimes Happens. The characters are brilliant, and the story is so beautifully told! Fabulous.

  7. Great interview. This book sounds wonderful!

  8. I love the Midwest setting and this sounds wonderful. Thanks for chatting with the author.

  9. Thank you Margaret :)

    And it seems we are the same! I can't tell left from right either. People can say well you can learn, yeah if I haven't by now then I never will ;)

  10. Not Anne! I'll go for Gemma any day!

  11. Thank you, ladies! Okay, Gemma, the part is yours...

  12. Annd now I want chocolate. lol Love the combo setting :)

  13. I have a difficult time remembering left from right too. I often find myself having to raise my dominant hand to remember which is which. LOL Your left, no your OTHER left. ;)

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

  14. Oooo Richard Armitage! Yes to anything and everything about him:)

  15. Orlando Bloom -- great choice! *swoon*

  16. Ooh Richard Armitage or Orlando Bloom? I definitely need to meet this Patrick. :-)



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