Getting to Know the Author: Margay Leah Justice

HeartauthorphotoWelcome, Margay. Let’s get to know more about you …

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

I write in many genres, but my most current work is paranormal romance. It was just an idea that came to me, so I guess you could say the genre chose me!

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

Actually, I do, sometimes! Especially if it’s part of a series.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

Not currently.

Can you remember your first reading book?

No, it was too long ago!

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

Oh, yes! I love some chocolate, chips, crackers!
Ah, good old chocolate! Chips I think are crisps in UK.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

Organized chaos. I have piles of notes for different stories everywhere and usually on top of that, I have knitting/crochet stuff. I am an avid crafter and I just started doing my own patterns, so I have notes for those everywhere, too.

Ha, as a card maker, and cross-stitcher, I know what you mean!

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

Sloane_Wolf_200x300 (1)Currently, I am published with a small press. I actually met the owner of my publishing company in an online pitch session and she liked my story so much, she offered me a contract.

Bravo!

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

Oh, wow. Good question. Well, I guess, it would start with Jane Austen; she really was the one who blew open the doors for female authors and really set the precedent for the rest of us. Jude Devereux was my favourite author in my teens and twenties; I just always loved her writing and her stories kept me enthralled for hours and isn’t that what they’re meant to do? And JK Rowling because she inspired a new generation of kids to read again.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript.

Learn your craft. Apply what you learn. Read, read, read.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

Oh, wow, love this question! Chaske Spencer would make a great Micah Sloane – remember him from Twilight (Sam Ule)? And for Shiloh Beck, I think Mila Kunis would be great.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

Nothing comes to mind – life is an adventure to me!

Blurb:

For more than a hundred and fifty years, the gray wolf has failed to roam the hills of Massachusetts, leading to the belief that they are extinct. But with a spattering of sightings across the Berkshires, the legend of the gray wolf comes to fruition. The product of that legend, Micah Sloane will go to great lengths to protect his kind from the threat of outsiders, who seek to exploit the legend for their own interests. One thing he didn’t count on, however, was finding his soul mate in the company of such men.

From the first time she predicted a stranger’s imminent death when she was little more than a child, Shiloh Beck knew she was different. Wishing to cultivate her gift, her parents made the fateful decision to enroll her in a private school for paranormally gifted children. Unbeknownst to them, the school was just a front for a research facility simply called the Institute, whose secret board members weaned gifted children from their families to exploit their gifts. Shiloh has spent the better part of her life trying to escape the Institute and reunite with the family she was told had abandoned her.

From their first meeting, Micah and Shiloh share a connection that goes beyond the normal to bond them in a way that love alone cannot. But before they can build a life together, they must deal with the fall-out when the legend of the wolves collides with the men behind the Institute.

Author Bio:
Descended from the same bloodline that spawned the likes of James Russell, Amy and Robert Lowell, Margay Leah Justice was fated to be a writer herself from a young age. But even before she knew that there was a name for what she was doing, she knew one thing: She had a deep and unconditional love for the written word. A love that would challenge her in times of need, abandon her in times of distress, and rediscover her in times of hope. Through her writing, Margay has learned to cope with every curve ball life has thrown her, including the challenges of single parenting, the harsh realities of living in a shelter, coping with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and the roller coaster ride of dealing with a child who suffers from bipolar disorder. But along the way she has rediscovered the amazing power of words.

Margay currently lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, two cats, and a myriad of characters who vie for her attention and demand that their own stories be told. In her spare time, she is an avid knitter, knitting her way through a stash of yarn that almost rivals her tbr pile!

Buy Links:
MuseItUpPublishing: http://goo.gl/CaHXy
Amazon.com: http://goo.gl/6o3KR

Links:
http://margayleahjustice.blogspot.com/

http://moonlightlacemayhem.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/Margay

http://www.facebook.com/MargayLeahJustice

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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5 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Margay Leah Justice

  1. Glynis – Thanks for hosting Margay

    Margay – I have a lot of respect for any author who creates a completely new world as one does for paranormal stories. That isn’t easy to do. I wish you much success.

  2. I love Margay’s bio. What a wonderful inspiration!

  3. bookwormsimi says:

    Hey, Glynis. I’ve nominated your blog for the “Super Sweet Blog Award”.

    Please check it our here: http://bookwormsimi.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/super-sweet-blog-award/. 🙂

  4. Congratulations, Margay!

    Glynis, thanks for the profile!

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