Joining us today in the Author Spotlight is British author, Maggie Wilson!!! She is the author of the medical thrillers, the DS Hammond Investigations series.
I'm so pleased that she was able to work my blog into her blog tour. For info on her other blog stops, please check out her tour page http://tiny.cc/oqqjw.
Maggie has generously offered to give away one e-book copy of Fallen Angel to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is answer this question:
If you had a dinner party and could invite anyone alive or dead, who would be sitting around your table?
Don't forget to leave your email address in the comment. Open internationally. Winner will be drawn randomly on Sunday evening, November 20th. You will be notified via email.
Now, let's meet Maggie!
JLR: So much about our real life influences out writing. Are there any specific things in your past which influenced Fallen Angel?
Maggie: My background is as a trained nurse and midwife. My writing so far is based around medical themes and hospital settings. There are many issues and crimes that have occurred within nursing and medicine that I want to explore in my writing. Highlighting areas of clinical practice that can be changed and enhance the patient experience in our hospitals as well as ensuring patient safety.
JLR: I can see how having that medical background would give you a lot of inspiration for writing. I get my inspiration from reading. Have you had the opportunity to meet any famous writers? Were there any who made you star-struck?
Maggie: Meeting writers at their book signing events started as a hobby and has grown over the years! Waterstones host a variety of events where authors give a talk and book signing as well as signing events. I keep a regular check on their website so I don’t miss out meeting my favourite authors!
I attended Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, this year and was privileged to meet many of the big name writers that I regularly read, have my picture taken with them, and have their books signed.
A few of the writers that I have met include, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Val McDermid, Joseph Finder, Linwood Barclay, Peter Robinson, Mark Billingham, Stuart McBride, Sheila Quigley, Stephen Leather, Matt Hilton, John Harvey, Michael Connelly, Mo Hayder, S J Watson, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffrey Deaver, Sophie Hannah, Stephen Booth, Martina Cole, Chris Ryan, David Belbin, Barbara Taylor-Bradford.
Who had me star struck? It has to be Harlan Coben and Lee Child – respect!
JLR: I'm jealous! Where can readers go to learn more about your work?
Maggie: I have a website that my publisher runs – keep up to date with my books and signing events
JLR: What are you writing now that Fallen Angel has been released?
Maggie: My second medical crime thriller, ‘Inside Out’ is due to be published 30/03/2012 – I am working on my third novel at present.
JLR: Are you involved in any other projects aside from your novel writing?
Maggie: There are further projects that I am involved in connected with my writing/novels – further details will be available soon on my website www.maggiewilsonbooks.co.uk
JLR: If you were to host a dinner party and allowed to invite five writers, living or dead, who would you, want around your table?
Maggie: Around my dinner table I would have to have, Dean Koontz, Erica Spindler, Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham and Enid Blyton. All excellent authors inspiring a great gathering round the table! I hope to have the opportunity to meet with them one day ( with the exception of Enid Blyton that is ! )
JLR: Now there is an eclectic bunch! Would make for some good conversation though. So, Maggie, where can readers go to purchase Fallen Angel?
Maggie: Fallen Angel is available via amazon.co.uk. amazon.com, Waterstones and all good booksellers both in the high street and online.