Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday's Guest - Trisha McGill talking about writing. #MFRWauthor #genres #timetravel

1. Do you write a single genre or do your fingers flow over the keys creating tales in many forms?
Does your reading choices reflect your writing choices?
Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt?

Thanks for having me once again on your blog, Janet. My books are all romances in various sub/genres. I have always tended to write depending on my current state of mind. My favorite choice is Time-Travel but I enjoyed writing my historical series “Settlers” as like Time-Travels they entailed a lot of digging back into the past, and I am a glutton for research.
My reading choices definitely reflect my writing choices. I don’t read horror, mystery, or erotica so therefore would not attempt to write any of these genres but admire others who do.

2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write?

My heroes top the list there. I tend to fall in love with all my heroes but some are more favorite than others. I don’t mind throwing in the odd villain along the way and that’s another reason I enjoy Time-Travels and Historicals as they invariably need a villain to stir things up.

3. Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

My heroes have all been based on whoever was my current movie star favorite. Matthew McConaughey (when younger) featured a lot in my mind early on. They are usually this vague person lingering at the periphery of my mind as I write but I have moved on as my tastes changed, so my favorite model hero changed. I don’t go in for the very young hero as most of mine have been in their 30s. I invariably have a good idea what they look like as I begin to plot the story.

4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

Same again, my heroines have changed along with the times. I used to collect images and work with them but haven’t done that in a while. It’s a bit disappointing when you have the exact picture of what you want them to look like and the cover artist’s idea is completely different. So, I prefer now to just have a vague idea apart from height, hair and eye color etc. or descriptions that are vital to the story.

5. Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human?

My villains have most definitely all been human and mostly nasty characters who are out to upset either the hero’s or heroine’s plans, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

6. What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain?

My latest release is Kate’s Dilemma. Kate of course is the heroine and she is a 26 year old artist. She is determined to remain single but her libido has other ideas as she falls for Liam who is also of the same mind. He’s been hurt by a woman and is set on never falling into the marriage trap. Problem is they have the hots for each other and find it hard to resist this attraction. I guess the villain in the piece is female this time and she tries to come between them of course.

7. What are you working on now?

I’m re-working one of my old time-travels which will be my next release, but as yet can’t make up my mind on the new title. Most that I have come up with so far have been over-used. I am waiting for inspiration to hit as I work on the manuscript. I can say that my English hero travels back to Britain as it was just after the Romans had departed, and meets the woman who has been haunting his dreams.

8. How can people find you?

My Books We Love Author Page:


Tricia McGill said...

Thank you for giving me the chance to talk about my work, Janet. It's always a pleasure to visit.

Sydell Voeller said...

For me, it's a challenge to move seamlessly from one genre to another, so like you, Trisha, I tend to limit myself to about three. But you do it so well! Best of luck with your new lease!