Marianne Malthouse was in store signing copies of her book 'Tanya' last Friday. While she was here, I asked her a few questions.
What inspired you to start writing and what motivates you?
Reading initially, and an interest in history.
Can you tell me a little about the main characters of your latest MS?
My latest is Milady Disdain. The main characters are Patience Kilpatrick, daughter of an Earl but reduced to a Governess due to the Stuart Uprising. And Lady Costain, her employer.
Do you have a name for your computer?
What type of books do you like reading?
Mystery, Romance, Crime-Fiction, any good book.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why from any of your works?
The chapter where Tanya and Ivan finally meet again in the midst of war.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
Routine, notes and enthusiasm.
If you could have a cuppa with anyone from history, who would it be?
Leonardo Da Vinci
Do you have a writing routine that you need to do before you start writing?
Not really, I write when the mood takes me.
How much research goes into your writing?
Lots- years in the case of Tanya
What is your favourite genre to write?
I have only written historical, but I am thinking of a change to something more modern.
What would be your ideal century and why?
17th and 18th Century, but only if you were rich and aristocratic.
Has the dog ever eaten your manuscript?
I'm happy to say not, but my cat has occasionally sat on it.
We have signed copies in store for anyone who is interested in having a read of 'Tanya'