#GIVEAWAY & #INTERVIEW: Margaret Locke, author of “A Man of Character”

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You will adore Margaret, this interview was alot of fun!!  I am reading her book, “A Man of Character” right now…and looking forward to getting back to it with my cup of coffee!!

MargaretLockeQ:  When did you realize you were a novelist?
Wait. I’m a novelist? Bwah ha ha!

I’m not sure when the transition from “I’m giving this a go” to “I think I’m actually a writer” fully happened. The main turning point was probably when I typed “The End” on that first draft of A Man of Character, way back on December 31st, 2012.

Sure, I was still naïve enough not to realize how far from The End that first draft’s “The End” actually was, but I had also accomplished something I wasn’t positive I could do, and that was write a…

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What’s In A Name?

One Writer's Way

BenI’m glad to welcome Author Margaret Locke here to share insights into the names of characters  and a little about her new paranormal romantic comedy.

Margaret: When you read a novel, how much attention do you pay to character names? (***Beth: A lot!)

Names give characters flavor right from the start. Certain names just sound like certain kinds of characters, right? Heroes are rarely Eugenes or Nesbits, and villains usually boast better monikers than Joe or Bob. Melodious, flowing names render characters more appealing, whereas crisp, crackling names give the opposite impression.

While I’ve always appreciated interesting – but not too ludicrous – names in the romances I read, I’d never really thought much about why authors chose particular names (beyond the associations above) – until I had to come up with character names myself.

Choosing the perfect name for each character in A Man of Character was both thrilling…

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Author Spotlight: Margaret Locke

European Geeks Publishing

We have author Margaret Locke joining us on the blog today. Margaret is a romance writer (because, as she says, “Love Matters.) from Virginia who will be publishing her first book this month, with a second already on its way! Make sure to check out her website (the link is at the bottom), as she has some pretty fun stuff going on there! Enjoy getting to know Margaret a little bit better, and as always, Keep Reading. 

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

As a teen, I declared numerous times I was going to write romance. But somehow that got pushed to the side as I followed other passions – for the German language and Germany itself, and for history. I ended up a doctoral student in medieval European history, fully intending to become a professor. Life has a way of surprising you, though, doesn’t…

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Flash Friday Fiction: We All Have Our Roles To Play

Typhoon Maid Thursday. CC photo by Shuji Moriwaki.

Typhoon Maid Thursday. CC photo by Shuji Moriwaki.

We All Have Our Roles To Play
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This is my punishment, she said, for sleeping with the French maid. I have to wear this costume and stand here for eight hours. God, I had no idea how much high heels hurt! I’m rather digging the stockings, though; I always did think I had nice calves.

The gas mask is to show how noxious my behavior was. Whatever. I can’t think of anything more toxic than our non-relationship itself.

The rope is in case I feel like ending it all, she said, a smirk playing across her lips. I don’t think I’ll need it, though: the sheer embarrassment might be enough to cause my death. Maybe I should just bash my head against those rocks.

I’m not even doing this because I love her. I don’t. I never have. But her daddy pays the bills. Her daddy hires the help. Her daddy is in love with me. And he’s promised me a Swedish nanny next time.


Well, I’m still waiting for my “real” Margaret Locke site to emerge from the mounds of red tape it’s buried in ever since it was hacked earlier this month. In the meantime, I figured I’d better start posting here, lest y’all think I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth!

This week’s Flash Friday Fiction contest asked us to drum up a 150 (+/-10) word story based on this photo prompt. Oh, and we had to include a death. I opted for humor over tragedy; what do you think of my result? 

Hopefully We’ll Be Back Soon!

My intrepid computer science professor husband has been working diligently to get the “old” Margaret Locke website back online, so hopefully we will return to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.

Because of that, I’m not adding much new here, as I still hold out great hope to get my old self back.

Excuse the Mess – Emergency Construction Under Way

Well, someone hacked into my previous author website and was using it to attack other WordPress websites.

Don’t they know that’s not how one plays nice?

In the meantime, my “real” site is down, so I’m throwing something up here on wordpress.com quickly, lest you all think I’ve dropped off the face of the Earth.

Eventually I hope to get the hang of this, but for a while if things look sparse or just plain off, please forgive me.