I'm delighted to welcome romantic novelist, Maggie Cammiss, on my blog today, to tell us all about her writing journey and her latest release, Breaking News.
It might be a cliché, but writing about what you know certainly worked for Maggie. Seventeen years spent in the hectic environment of a 24-hour rolling news channel provided her with masses of background material and so far, she has completed two novels set in a television newsroom. Her debut novel, No News is Good News was published by Accent Press in December 2014 and Breaking News by new imprint Octavo Books in August 2016. Recently married to her long-term partner, she was thrilled to be able to put author in the ‘profession’ column of her new marriage certificate. They now live in Norfolk where Maggie can often be found walking on the beach, mulling over subplots for her next novel.
I asked Maggie to tell us a bit more about herself
How did you get started writing?
This is a long time ago now, but I always enjoyed writing essays in English lessons at school. It was much later, when I began discarding reading material because I didn’t like the writing (or maybe I was just too impatient!), that I began to experiment with characters and stories myself. My first piece of published writing was a short memoir about my experiences working in a liquorice factory in Pontefract, Yorkshire, in the late 1960s.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I once did a parachute jump – and not one of those tandem jumps harnessed to an instructor, either. A solo jump - possibly the scariest thing I’ve ever done.
What’s your top writing tip for new writers?
That’s easy: don’t do what I did and waste so much time dithering. Stop procrastinating, just sit down and do it. Oh, and read, read, read. I’m constantly surprised by the prospective writers I meet who hardly read at all. How else will you learn?
Television producer Sara Cassidy has her life all mapped out. She loves her job making weekly feature programmes for TV news channel UK24, and is looking forward to furthering her ambitions in the media. She is devastated when her fiancé makes a shattering confession but she hardly has time to come to terms with the betrayal when her closest friend is involved in a freak accident and Sara’s world is turned upside down once again.
As Sara struggles to maintain a professional perspective she finds solace in a new interest and a blossoming romance. But she has to be careful who she trusts in the cut-throat world of television news. Just as she is finding her feet again the career that means so much reveals its murkier side.
When she finds herself at the other end of the camera lens, Sara discovers that in the struggle for ratings, loyalty is in short supply.
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Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Maggie. Lots of luck with your new book!