Win £500 in book vouchers by helping us with a 7 minute reader survey click here.

debuts of the month desmond elliott 2017 newgen books for YA readers
Search our site
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn Read the opening extract of the brand new A. J. Finn book before its publication on 22/01/2018

Margaret James Book and Novel

Margaret James - 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!

If you like Margaret James you might also like to read books by Trisha Ashley, Amelia Carr and Rachel Hore.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Margaret James

Magic Sometimes Happens by Margaret James
Magic Sometimes Happens
Margaret James
It is obvious from the start who Rosie Denham is going to end up with but how she jumps through the hoops and negotiates the various hurdles is masterfully done. So Rosie goes to stay with girlfriend Tess. Tess’s husband...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Wedding Diary by Margaret James
The Wedding Diary
Margaret James
From the author of a successful historical romance trilogy, this is a charming, funny and delightful read about silver linings and second chances. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'The Wedding Diary is a departure from Margaret James’...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/05/2013
The Penny Bangle by Margaret James
The Penny Bangle
Margaret James
The final novel in the historical romance series where, like The Sliver Locket and The Golden Chain, our heroine faces a romantic dilemma, this time in the shape of twins, Stephen and Robert. These are compelling reads packed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
The Golden Chain by Margaret James
The Golden Chain
Margaret James
Within the first two pages the author gives us a clue that there is a mystery behind the child Daisy which lures us to read on with the story beginning in India and then shifting to England. Daisy shows early...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2011
The Silver Locket by Margaret James
The Silver Locket
Margaret James
A wonderful love story set against the backdrop of the First World War. Rose finds herself rebelling against her upper class family's wishes to marry someone approved by them who she doesn't love and instead goes off to the Front...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/10/2010

Loading other books by Margaret James...


Author Info

Author's Website

www.margaretjames.com/

Author's Facebook

Find Margaret James on Facebook

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...

Author's Blog

margaretjamesblog.blogspot....

Did you know

At Lovereading you can download and read an Opening Extract and an online review of books by Margaret James and hundreds of other authors.

Author 'Like for Like' recommendations


Its jam packed with fantastic titles, informative descriptions & fantastic reviews and has a vast array of great features & competitions.

Linda Rollins

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Thanks to Lovereading I have discovered new writers and read books I would never had looked twice at - and enjoyed them.

Angela Rhodes

Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools