Thursday, September 8, 2011

Interview with Marilyn Holdsworth - Author of the book Pegasus

Where were you born and where do you call home? Born in Southern California and live there now.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
 My new novel Pegasus, is an adventure/romance story about a mystery horse, involving black-marketeering and international intrigue.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say? Hannah Bradley, the heroine would say "Mustangs are part of our American heritage and must be protected". She would also agree that "love is wonderful the second time around."

Do you have plans for a new book?  Yes, my next book Beautiful American is a novel about President Monroe's wife, and will be published in the spring.

What or who inspired you to write?  It is something I always wanted to do.

How did you come up with the title and cover design? Lots of brainstorming.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Not consciously.

What books have most influenced your writing most and why? There are no specific books but every book I read resides in my memory which I call on consciously or unconsciously.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Paperbacks.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author? I am an "Indie".

Have you ever read a book more than once? No.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version? I preferred My Fair Lady over the original Pygmalian.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)? Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth. Paperback.

Is there anything you would change in your last book and why? No. I read and reread until I was satisfied. 

Who designed the cover of your book? My editor and I.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Do your own thing. Don't be influenced by friends and family.

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing? Not to share my book until it was finished.

Do you write under a pen name? No

What are your pet peeves? 1). High taxes. 2). Sizes of women's clothes. There is no consistency among stores. 3). Politicians spend too much time doing nothing.

What are your interests, other than writing? My main interest is helping to preserve our wild horses and I am planning to use some of my book proceeds to further the cause. 

Cats or dogs? Dogs.

White wine or red? Red.

Coffee or tea? Tea.

Favorite food? Salad.

What do you normally eat for breakfast? Muffin.

What are 3 things you never leave home without? Shoes, wallet, keys.

Laptop or desktop for writing? Desktop.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? My study, afternoons.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you? Peyton Manning, Steve Jobs, Prince William.

One of your favorite quotes - There is nothing either good or bad - but thinking makes it so...

List 3 of your all time favorite books? Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Agony and the Ecstasy, by Irving Stone.

List 3 of your all time favorite movies? 1). Gone with the Wind, 2). The Way We Were 3). A Man for All Seasons.

An actor you have a crush on - Robert Redford.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed? The King's Speech.

Where can your readers stalk you? 
Is your book in Print, ebook or both? Both
About the book:
Widowed at thirty, Hannah Bradley is a successful journalist focusing on animal abuse issues. An accidental meeting introduces her to lawyer, Winston Caughfield III. Drawn to Hannah’s gentle beauty and fierce commitment to her work, Win joins her in a fight to save wild mustangs from slaughter. Together they rescue a badly injured horse with a mysterious background. Hannah’s search to discover the animal’s true identity leads them into a web of black marketeering and international intrigue. Action packed with crisp colorful dialogue the story propels the reader to a race against time conclusion. Marilyn Holdsworth delivers a gripping tale of mystery, adventure and romance guaranteed to hold the interest and capture the heart. She brings true-life characters together with real-life issues to create a fast-paced irresistible story.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and allowing us a glimpse into your writing word. 

I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better.  Patti

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