Margaret Tanner is an award-winning, best-selling Australian author, who writes Sweet Western Historical Romance, plus Contemporary Romance and Historical Romance with a small dose of sizzle.
Margaret is married and has three grown-up sons and two gorgeous little granddaughters. Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion.
Margaret was also invited to participate in the American Mail Order Bride Series, 50 brides from 50 states, from 45 different authors. Her story is Edwina, Bride of Connecticut which is Book No 5 in the series.
She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical novels. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or website too hard to navigate.
Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia. She once spent a couple of hours in an old goal cell so she could feel the chilling cold and fear.
She has now fallen in love with writing Western Historical novellas, and found it an easy transition. Frontier Australia and frontier America, have many similarities - isolated communities living in a harsh, unforgiving environment, a large single male population, and a lack of marriageable women.
Q & A
Tell me about yourself. What got you started writing?
I have always liked writing. I started out when I was about 8 years old writing sad little poems, then graduated to short stories, and was fortunate enough to win a few prizes. My true love, writing historical romance, started when my husband used to work nightshift and I had a lot of time on my hands when my children were small. I now write sweet Historical Western Romance and I feel I have really found my niche.
How did you come up with your book idea? What inspired you?
My ideas usually pop into my head when I am in bed. I am inspired by the fortitude and bravery of our pioneer women who were not afraid to brave the wilderness for the men they love. In this book, I wondered how a woman would feel if she was jilted just hours before her wedding and what options were open to her.
What was the most difficult part of writing this book? How did you overcome this difficulty?
The most difficult part in writing this book, was I think, my husband was not well at the time, so I had to fit my writing in to focus on his needs.
Who is your favorite character from the novel? What about them makes them your favorite?
Jemma, the heroine, was my favorite. I thought she was very brave to take the risks that she did, and also she showed a lot of fortitude in helping the wounded hero.
Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or agenda?
Yes, they certainly do. Once I start the story, they seem to steer me into the direction they want it to take.
How has writing this book impacted you personally?
It made me realize that every cloud has a silver lining.
How many books do you currently have published? What genres?
I have 4 contemporary romances, 8 Australian Historical Romances and 38 Western Historical Romances.
What is your favorite thing about writing? Your least favorite?
My favorite thing about writing is creating these people who become my friends, and fashioning a lifestyle for them. My least favorite is actually typing the story up.
What authors in your genre inspire you most?
Cheryl Wright, Susan Horsnell, Hebby Roman, Charlene Raddon
What would you tell a beginning author who wants to publish but doesn’t believe he/she has enough talent?
I would tell them never to give up on your dream, no matter how many setbacks you get. Perseverance is the key to success.
Sweet Western Romance.
Jilted the day before her wedding in favor of a rich older woman, Jemma Holbrook is left in dire circumstances.
In desperation, she pretends to be a boy and sneaks on board a freight train bound for Texas. Her situation becomes even grimmer on discovering the rail wagon she’s been hiding in has been shunted off the mainline and left in the wilderness.
Marshal Kyle Lovitt is ambushed and left for dead by outlaws. Jemma comes to his rescue and nurses him back to health.
When Kyle discovers her gender, he insists they get married because he has compromised her.
Will Kyle only ever feel gratitude and an obligation to do the gentlemanly thing by her, or can Jemma win his love?