1 What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?
Thanks so much for having me as a guest again on you blog, Janet.
I worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years as a pattern cutter. I guess this had little influence whatsoever on my writing. Except, that I worked with some interesting women who had many tales to tell of their escapades in life. For anyone who has worked in the close environment of a factory with a large assortment of women and a few men who tend to divulge their private lives to all and sundry, you know what I mean when I say that early on I learnt a lot of the basic facts of life from my fellow workmates. Whether this influenced my writing I don’t know, but it sure taught me a thing or two about relationships and the foibles of various types of people.
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 am basically a Romance writer and have stuck to this genre through my writing career. My romances cross sub-genres as I have dabbled in Time-Travels, Contemporary, Historical, Family Saga, and even written one Sci-Fi/fantasy.
3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?
Certainly. I read romances extensively before taking up writing them. My favourite choice of reading material has always been time-travel or historical romance. I have nothing against erotica, horror or even mysteries but I am a dyed in the wool romantic, and always have been.
4. What's your latest release?
My latest book out is A Call Through Time, a Time-Travel set in Britain around 450AD just after the Romans left and invaders from across the sea where starting to come across to find fresh pastures in the lush valleys. And also to invade, ravage and rampage across the land. My hero (An English Earl) goes back in time and meets the woman who has been sharing his dreams for years. He learns that there is a purpose for this sudden trip back, and that is to rescue the fair maiden from the clutches of one of these dastardly invaders from Europe. There is a smattering of sorcery, magic, fairies, shapeshifting and even reincarnation in this one.
5. What are you working on now?
My current work in progress is Amethyst, another contemporary set in Australia as are all of my modern romances. Amy is going out with easy-going Tony. They live in a small country town where everyone knows everyone else (and their business) and because these two have been going around together for most of their lives everyone now considers them a couple. But Amy still yearns for the affections of Tony’s older, more serious brother, who spurned her young love when she was just a teenager, and went off to the big city to make his fortune. When he returns home and says he is prepared to settle down in the small town again, she is not so sure that he won’t miss the fast life he has been living in the city. Add a touch of football (Footy to the Aussies) and you have a triangle of people at odds with each other and their hearts.
6. Where can we find you?
My Web Page: http://www.triciamcgill.com
MY Books We Love page: http://bookswelove.net/authors/mcgill-tricia/