Monday, 22 February 2016

Author Interview: Mandy Baggot

In the interview seat today is the lovely Mandy Baggot. Mandy is a romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional reads. She is represented by Kate Nash of The Kate Nash Literary Agency. Traditionally published by US publisher Sapphire Star, Harper Collins' digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse, and most recently, digital fiction specialists, Bookouture, a great story is never far from her fingertips!

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Hello Mandy and welcome to Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
Was there anything particular that inspired you to start your journey of being an author?
For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed writing stories. I’m an only child so I spent a lot of time at home amusing myself and my very favourite thing was to write. That joy never left me and when friends and family told me I really ought to do something with these books, I started to wonder whether I could make something out of it. And look what happened! Here I am, writing as my full-time job with eleven novels under my belt!

What would you say is the hardest part of writing/publishing a book for you?
The hardest part is the editing process, but that’s also one of the most important parts. An author can get blinded to their book in so far as they’ve looked at it so much, spent night and day with it and it’s crying out for a fresh set of eyes coming at it from a slightly different angle. But you only realise this after you’ve torn your hair out over all the amendments! And I do that every single time. Then I get down to it and it ends up being a better book because of those edits.

If you could only read four books for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Oh no! I don’t really have favourites like that! I read so many different authors it’s impossible to pick. Eek! OK… woman up, Lady B!

Silent Scream – Angela Marsons

Not Quite Perfect – Annie Lyons

Closing In – Sue Fortin

To The Moon and Back – Jill Mansell

Do you and your main character share any personality traits?
I think all authors put a little bit of themselves into their characters. Most of my lead females like drinking wine and have great repartee … wonder where they get that from!

If you could live in any book what book would it be?
Definitely my own book! Definitely Made in Nashville! Definitely suckered up to Jared Marshall!

Where do your ideas for your books come from? Dreams? Music?

I get a lot of inspiration from music. Song lyrics, mood of the song, how it makes me feel. I also get a lot of inspiration from places I go and people I meet.

Any advice for aspiring authors?
Write, write and keep writing. Write what YOU want to, not what you think will be popular. Get it down on paper/page, it doesn’t have to be perfect to begin with. Enjoy YOUR words and keep your passion.

Made in Nashville 

An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?
Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?
Honor’s record label signs the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. Can she get a new contract? Will she get to perform at the Marlon Festival? Or will Dan Steele destroy everything?
When a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music. Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want? And who is really behind the anonymous gifts she keeps getting sent

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for inviting me on again, ladies! Love coming here and they were great questions!

    Mandy x