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My Journey with Writing to Publishing

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Maggie Thom, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

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Stories fascinate me.

I love being taken on a journey, it can be real, mythical, outrageous, I don’t mind as long as it takes me somewhere. It has to have a good plot, believable characters and take me on a journey.

I know when I was a child I read a lot. We always had books in our house and we used the library a number of times. I remember once, I was reading a Dr. Seuss book, Cat in the Hat, I think, I liked it so much I cut the words out of the book. Needless to say my mother wasn’t amused.

Reading got me started with writing.

Reading was a big part of my life and at some point I began to write stories. I never showed them to anyone, they were just for me. When I was nine, I was going to write the smallest book about a knight who charged in, only to have the princess save him. And when I mean small, I was writing it on yellow paper, which had been a pad that I cut it up to 1 1/2 inch by 1 inch squares.

When I was in my twenties I found some of it, I ended up throwing it out. I’m not sure it made much sense. Truly I wish I had kept it as it would be cool to look at it now.

I wrote almost anything and everything

When I was in university, I started to write poetry. Some I shared which I got really good feedback to, but since I knew the people, I didn’t believe that anyone beyond them would be interested in what I wrote. After I graduated, I was too busy with a career for several years. Then one spring we moved, and I found myself unemployed, so I started to write again. I hand wrote a 90,000 word romance. I then typed it up, although somewhere along the way, it has gotten lost. From there I continued to write for myself.

At one point though and with encouragement from my husband, I decided to work at improving my writing. I wanted to write for kids, so I wrote some children’s stories. Then a couple of young adult novels and then back to writing romance.

I wanted to get better

Somewhere during this time I joined a writer’s group and started to expand my writing skills. I took writing courses and started to pay attention to the books I was reading. How the stories were put together. What made them good. And I started to read about plotting, stories, anything that would help me craft better novels.

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She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead…

A new venture.

Captured Lies was my first venture away from romance. I had always enjoyed a good romance and for some reason thought that was how you became a well known writer, if you were female. Not sure why, except Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown did it and I guess they were writer’s I wanted to emulate. I loved reading science fiction but didn’t think I had it in me to create whole other worlds, so I steered clear of that.

Have you ever wanted something different?

At some point, I decided I wanted to write something with more to it than just romance. I wanted it to be a novel with all the elements – to mainly be a suspense but with murder, mystery and some romance. I wanted it to be something that would grab you and pull you in. I wanted it to be different. I didn’t want it to be the same as all the other books out there.

But how to do that?

When the idea came to me for this book, Captured Lies, I really focused on making it a deeper story. It really became my test for writing something different. Writing it was stressful and exhilarating all at the same time. I loved the story I was creating but was wondering if anyone else would.

Who knew that I’d now have over 100 reviews on Amazon and have a 4.4/5 rating. Whoohoo! Without taking the leap I’d never have gotten here.

“Everyone has a story but who’s telling the truth and who wants her dead?”

A tangled web of secrets, lies and deceit…

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