As a long time lover of the written word, Maggie Thom has worked long and hard to develop her creative writing skills. A story teller at heart, she is thrilled to be able to create fictional stories, that are compelling, drawing the reader into the characters’ lives. Writing with every free moment – early in the morning, late at night, while waiting for kids to finish their activities, when riding along in the vehicle with her husband – she is thrilled to have released her first novel of suspense, murder, mystery and romance – Captured Lies (October 2012). Her second novel, Tainted Waters is being published April, 2013 and Deceitful Truths will be out late 2013.
What inspires you to write?
The freedom, the joy of getting to create new people, new lives, figure out a lot of ‘what if’s’, seeing what other’s take away from what I have written, to be able to free up some brain space as I am flooded with ideas for stories all the time. 🙂
Tell us about your writing process.
I have discovered I don’t really have one. Often I will get a scene or a situation that I like. I’ll play around with it until I can see something bigger. I write it down or else it will be gone, lost forever and then I write a bit of an outline. It seems I go back and forth, write out scenes that come to me and then outline how and where this fits into the story. And then I plot out what do I think should happen. Then it gets to the point where the story takes on a life of it’s own and I have to write madly to keep up with it. As for the characters, I figure out who they are early on, why they are like they are. I make sure I know them pretty well so that I can make them believable. I often do mind maps to track where my story is going, who is involved with whom, how is each character connected to another.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
You know it’s one of those things I never used to admit but I talk and listen to my characters all the time. I feel their pain, laugh at their antics, question their sanity at times (maybe sometimes mine too. :). Often when I’m writing and I’ve written something that is maybe a little different for a person, I will find myself asking them, ‘would you do that?’, ‘is that possible for you?’, etc. It’s fun and frustrating at times but never boring.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write because you love it. And put your stuff out there for others to read. Get writers and readers to read what you have written. You’ll get very different feedback but use all of it to develop and expand what and how you write. Just remember that your writing won’t be for everyone. Some will love it, some will like it and others won’t like it at all. Don’t take it personally. Learn from what other’s tell you. Read… write… learn…. and write some more. The key is, do it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I Indie published my book, Captured Lies and plan to do the same for my next book out in April, Tainted Waters. Captured Lies was with a big publisher, who kept telling me he was going to get to it but he was swamped. Which I don’t doubt but I got tired of the wait. I didn’t want to be wishing to be an author a year from now. So I self published. Use the internet to explore all the avenues open to you – traditional: small and big publishers and self publishing. There is a ton of information that can help you to make that decision. Self publishing is not easy, it is a lot of work but I am thrilled I went this route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that more and more people are going to self publish, especially as ebooks. It’s cheap and really quite easy to do. Ebooks will easily overtake paperback books. I love paperbacks but I see them taking a back seat to the digital era we are in.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Suspense, mystery, romance
What formats are your books in?