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Margaret James - Author

About the Author

Margaret James was born and brought up in Hereford. She studied English at London University, and has written many short stories, articles and serials for magazines. She is the author of fifteen published novels. This is Margaret’s third Choc Lit novel. Her first The Silver Locket, received a glowing review from the Daily Mail and reached the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in November 2010.


It was also selected as a Valentine pick at Lovereading in February 2011 and a Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2010 at Single Titles. The Golden Chain also hit the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in May 2011.


Margaret is a long standing contributor to Writing Magazine for which she writes the Fiction Focus column and an author interview for each issue. She's also a creative writing tutor for the London School of Journalism.


An active member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, she contributed to the 50th anniversary anthology Loves Me, Loves Me Not. Margaret's short story is The Service of My Lady.

 

Below is a Q&A with this author.

 

Who’s your favourite author?
Jane Austen – nobody does it like Jane.

Who is your favourite literary character?
Catherine Morland, the heroine of Northanger Abbey. She’s intensely romantic and imaginative. She’s just as naïve as I was at her age, but she’s also funny, brave and charming. The hero Henry Tilney is a very lucky man.

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Winnie the Pooh.

How would you describe your novel?
It’s a contemporary romantic comedy starring a feisty Cinderella, a gorgeous Prince Charming and a terrifying Fairy Godmother who seriously frightened me.

What gave you the inspiration for the story?
I saw a competition to win a fabulous dream wedding and thought - what would you do if you won the competition, but you didn’t have anyone to marry?

Where and how do you write?
At home straight on to screen, but also on public transport. I did a lot of travelling while I was writing The Wedding Diary.  I wrote most of the first draft in notebooks and on my laptop while I was on trains.

Who do you base your characters on?
They’re all inventions.  They walk into my head and say write about me.  I don’t know where they come from and I find this quite spooky.

What would you rescue from your house if it was on fire?
I’m not very attached to material things, and I hate clutter, so I don’t think I would be worried about losing any objects. As long as the living, breathing inhabitants got out, I’d be happy.

What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
Frying pan, box of matches, hammock!

Did you always want to be an author- if not, what did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be an archaeologist and I studied Anglo-Saxon Archaeology at university, but I’ve always enjoyed telling stories.  As an only child for some years (my sister didn’t come along until I was seven) I had many imaginary friends.  As a novelist, I guess I still do!

Featured books by Margaret James

Magic Sometimes Happens

Magic Sometimes Happens

Author: Margaret James Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Passport to love London-based PR and promotions consultant Rosie Denham has just spent a year in Paris where she's tried but failed to fall in love. She's also made a big mistake and can't forgive herself. American IT professor Patrick Riley 's wife has left him for a Mr. Wonderful with a cute British accent and a house with a real yard. So Patrick's not exactly thrilled to meet another Brit who's visiting Minnesota, even if she's hot. Pat and Rosie couldn't be more different. She's had a privileged English upbringing. He was raised in poverty in Missouri. Pat has two kids, a job that means the world to him and a wife who might decide she wants her husband back. So when Pat and Rosie fall in love, the prospects don't seem bright for them. But magic sometimes happens - right? INCLUDES A FREE EBOOK ON PURCHASE OF THE PAPERBACK!

Other books by Margaret James

Girl in Red Velvet

Girl in Red Velvet

Author: Margaret James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Will loving two men tear your heart apart? It's the 1960s and Lily Denham is about to begin her studies at Oxford University. On her first day she meets Harry Gale and Max Farley, two fellow undergraduates who are both full of mischievous charm. The three of them become firm great friends and enjoy exploring everything Oxford has to offer, from riotous parties to punting up the river on sunny afternoons. However, something threatens to disrupt the fun, because Lily soon realises she's falling for both of her new-found friends, men who might offer her two very different futures - but who will she pick? Harry is generous and kind, reliable and trustworthy. Max embodies the spirit of the sixties; adventurous and rebellious, but possibly a little bit dangerous as well. As university ends and Lily struggles to make her mark on the vibrant fashion scene, she must make a decision. But she soon becomes aware that the wrong decision could have devastating consequences for her own future and for Max's and Harry's futures, too ...

Pipers' Guild Handbook - The Origin and History of the Pipe Movement with Instructions on How to make Pipes with Diagrams

Pipers' Guild Handbook - The Origin and History of the Pipe Movement with Instructions on How to make Pipes with Diagrams

Author: Margaret James Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2017

This book contains a vintage guide to designing and constructing wooden pipe instruments. Profusely illustrated and written in simple, plain language, this guide is perfect for those with little previous experience and is highly recommended for modern readers with an interest in hand making instruments. Contents include: "e;The Story of Pipe-making"e;, "e;How to Make a Treble Pipe"e;, "e;Materials and Tools"e;, "e;Tools"e;, "e;Corks"e;, "e;The Window and the Window-sill"e;, "e;The Passage Roof"e;, "e;The Cork"e;, "e;Making the Holes"e;, "e;The Treble Pipe"e;, "e;A Pipe when it is Made"e;, "e;Difficulties in Obtaining a Good Note"e;, et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with its original artwork and text.

Penny Bangle

Penny Bangle

Author: Margaret James Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2012

When should you trust your heart?It's 1942 when Cassie Taylor reluctantly leaves Birmingham to become a land girl on a farm in Dorset.There she meets Robert and Stephen Denham, twins recovering from injuries sustained at Dunkirk. Cassie is instantly drawn to Stephen, but is wary of the more complex Robert - who doesn't seem to like Cassie one little bit.At first, Robert wants to sack the inexperienced city girl. But Cassie soon learns, and Robert comes to admire her courage, finding himself deeply attracted to Cassie. Just as their romance blossoms, he's called back into active service.Anxious to have adventures herself, Cassie joins the ATS. In Egypt, she meets up with Robert, and they become engaged. However, war separates them again as Robert is sent to Italy and Cassie back to the UK. Robert is reported missing, presumed dead. Stephen wants to take Robert's place in Cassie's heart. But will Cassie stay true to the memory of her first love, and will Robert come home again? Final novel in the trilogy follows The Silver Locket & The Golden Chain.