Today, meet my lovely guest, Maggie Mason, also known as Mary Wood. If you like historical novels, this is the author to follow:
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Maggie Mason is a pseudonym under which I write my Blackpool based books for publishers Sphere but I also write under my real name of Mary Wood for Pan Macmillan. I have many
heads in life besides my author heads as
I have been married to my lovely Roy for 56 years, am a mother,
grandmother and great grandmother. I was born post-second war - one of the
thousands of boom babies and am the thirteenth of fifteen children. We were
poor, as most of the kids I knew were, but we were rich in love. My mother though,
came from a well-to-do family, and her story is one of real life - girl being
banished from the home for getting pregnant. However, she loved my father and
was happy. Reunion with her family did take place, and we learnt such a lot
about her and our ancestors. One in particular, I am very proud of and am
equally so to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, Dora Langlois,
who was an acclaimed author, playwright and actress in the late nineteenth –
early twentieth century. I had a varied career from cleaning pubs to running
them, but it was my late career - my ten years with the Probation Service that
gives my writing its grittiness, as I feel the need to tell it how it is, which
takes my readers on an emotional journey to the heart of issues. Books to-date
number 2 published by Sphere - Maggie Mason books with 2 waiting to be
published by them. 11 published by Pan Macmillan - Mary Wood books with 3
waiting to be published 1 published under a second pseudonym Molly Kent - a
gangland thriller that I self-published on kindle. Would love to find time to
do another of these. 1 that will never see light of day as it was my first
effort. And I have a work in progress, besides four more contracted for Mary
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
BLACKPOOLS DAUGHTER This
was inspired by reading a
book by Gillian Mawson 'Guernsey Evacuee's' a real life account of the
evacuee's taken from Guernsey during the second world war. It is a fascinating
account and set up a story based around that tragic event. My heroine, Corah,
is an evacuee from Guernsey who finds herself ill treated and having to cope
with much as she desperately seeks to be reunited with her mother. BLACKPOOLS
DAUGHTER IS AVAILABLE IN UK AT ASDA AND MORRISONS SUPERMARKET AND ALL GOOD
ebook outlets where it is just 99 https://amzn.to/2Zy0XUj
Why did you
choose to write in your particular field or genre?
What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning this book?
Once I have an idea, I
start to plan it out, and
research in two ways - as I go, that's if I know a lot already about the area
it is set as with the Blackpool stories. As then I just have to look up
something as it occurs. This might be a film of the day if they are going to
the cinema - or likewise book, if it is relevant. Or what was going on in the
wider world at the time it is set. For any part of a book, or a whole book that
is set in an area I don't know well - either here in UK or abroad, then I have
to visit the place to get the feel of it and find the streets I want to use -
love this kind of research - a holiday on the tax man.. .whoops, I didn't say
How do you select the names of your characters?
These I get from old census records, or if I need a French/German/Polish name for war
settings I look these up on line.
How long did it take you to write this book?
I am a very quick writer and am already a quarter of the way through writing my third book in 2019 - around six weeks to write first rough draft, one week to read and polish and that's it.
May I use this space to thank you very much for hosting me, I really appreciate it, and to say hello to your readers, and to send them my love. I am doing a giveaway which is a raffle of all the names of those who leave a comment. The prize is a signed copy of Blackpool Daughter.
Maggie Mason is a pseudonym of author Mary Wood. Mary began her career by self-publishing on kindle where many of her sagas reached number one in genre. She
was spotted by Pan Macmillan and to date has written many books for them
under her own name, with more to come. Mary continues to be proud to write for
Pan Macmillan, but is now equally proud and thrilled to take up a second career
with Sphere under the name of Maggie Mason. A Blackpool Lass is her first in a
planned series of standalone books and trilogies set in her hometown of
Mary retired from working for the National Probation Service in 2009, when she took up full time writing, something she'd always dreamed of doing. She follows in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, Dora Langlois, who was an acclaimed author, playwright and actress in the late nineteenth - early twentieth century.
It was her work with the Probation Service that gives Mary's writing its
her need to tell it how it is, which takes her readers on an emotional journey
to the heart of issues.
You can follow Mary at:
Mary Wood @sphere