Featured Interview With Tricia McGill
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in London, England and relocated to Australia years ago with my husband and two poodles. I live near Melbourne and have done since I arrived here. My current pets are a male fox terrier cross and a bossy female shih tzu. Writing is a solitary indoor activity so I enjoy our walks every morning. I write romance across several genres including contemporary (set in Australia) historical, time-travel, family saga.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
One of my earliest memories was receiving a copy of Alice in Wonderland for Christmas when I was probably about five or six, and so began my love of books. The local library was to me like stepping into a wonderful world of imagination, and I spent as many hours as I could there and then reading. According to my family (I was the baby) my written stories were excellent, and congratulated on and shown around and I did well at school in English, mainly I think because of this love of creating stories. I have never been able to understand how someone can go through life admitting they don’t read.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I have many favourite writers, mostly those who write romance, especially time-travel, and historical. Catherine Coulter was a great influence to me when I began writing in earnest. Lisa Kleypas, Jude Deveraux, and LaVyrle Spencer also were among my favourites. I love Juliet Waldron’s historicals which are rich in detail.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Challenging Mountains is Book 3 in my Settlers Series. Set in the 1840s when Australia was a budding colony. Originally this was only to be two books, but then the son of Tiger and Bella who featured in Book 1 began to tell me I should write about his journey down to Port Philip, which had just been declared a town, that was to become Melbourne. This series seems to be popular as readers enjoy learning about the old days of settlement. The journey south took a month across land on horseback and there were many dangers to face along the way including bushrangers and runaway convicts. A young female decides to join Tim on his travels and proves at times just how headstrong she can be. When they reach their destination there are still many problems to be faced.
I guess this book took me about 10 months to complete as historicals (as time-travels too) require lots of research. Thank heaven for Mr. Google.
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