Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday - What She Was Before - Tricia McGill #MFRWauthor

1. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?

I worked in the fashion industry for 30 years. I was more or less pushed into this trade as all the females in my family, including our mother, were involved in sewing or fashion in one way or another. I fought against it for a year after I left high school, but when the opportunity came along to up my wages and my opportunities considerably I agreed to give it a go. I never regretted it as I loved my work. But always that yearning to write was simmering, and so when I was forced to retire with spinal problems the chance came to write full time. So, obviously my profession had no influence on my writing at all--except in that working amongst many different types of people who came from varying walks of life, in an environment where people exchange confidences and stories with each other, gave me many ideas for my futures stories.

2 Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.

I guess I am general, as I have written Time-Travels, Historical, Mainstream, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Futuristic, but all have romance at their heart. I'm a romantic and can't seem to write anything but a happy ending. I tend to look at life through rose-tinted glasses, although I do have a few villains in my stories. There are a few genres I could never tackle, including erotica, horror and mystery. Perhaps it has something to do with my love of delving back into the past, hence my love of time-travels and historicals. I hope I'm still around when someone invents a time machine.
3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?

Oh yes. I've read time-travels since I was a child, and have always loved historical movies and books set in the past. I can recall wanting to go to bed early (weird for a child, I know) to escape anything creepy that was about to begin on the radio. I am a total cissy when it comes to anything scary so don't read horror or stories containing brutal violence.
4. What's your latest release?
Amid the Stars was released in November. As the title suggests this book is set way off on another planet on the far side of the universe. This is my only venture into the world of Sci-Fi, and is one of those books that I have no idea where the idea came from. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it as I could let my imagination go wild. Who could challenge me on the facts? I had a heap of fun creating my aliens, especially Reve, commander of the star ship. 

5. What are you working on now?
My next book out is a contemporary romance set in Australia, Second Chances (Challenge The Heart Book 1) sets out to prove that love has no barriers, especially where age is concerned. After all, it's just a number and has nothing to do with physical attraction. This one is for all the women who fall in love with a younger man. I have never understood why this causes people to criticize, and question, while nobody quibbles when the age difference is reversed.

6. Where can we find you?
My web page:


Tricia McGill said...

Thanks for having me on your blog again, Janet. It's always a pleasure to be here. I should say the title has changed for my next release. At the moment it is renamed When Fate Decides.

J.Q. Rose said...

Tricia, how wonderful you are able to write now after 30 years in the fashion business. I'm sure you garnered lots of characters from your life experience. Sounds like you have a lot of fun penning stories. So happy for you. Best wishes on your writing projects.

Janet Lane Walters said...

Tricia, Always glad to have you as a guest

Janet Lane Walters said...

J. Q. Thanks for stopping by