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Author Interview: Marian Womack

Author Interview: Marian Womack

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Today is my stop on the The Golden Key blog tour and I am here today with an interview with the author!

Title: The Golden Key
Author: Marian Womack
Publisher: Titan
Published: 18th February 2020
Format: Paperback
Source:: N/A
Add It: Amazon UK. Goodreads.
Summary: 1901. After the death of Queen Victoria, England heaves with the uncanny. Séances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms.

Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens.

But the Fens are an age-old land, where folk tales and dark magic still linger. The locals speak of devilmen and catatonic children are found on the Broads. Here, Helena finds what she was sent for, as the Fenland always gives up its secrets, in the end…

The Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
I think I always write the kind of fiction that I would like to read! That’s not to say that I’m filling a need, that there aren’t great books out there, but simply that there are a few things I am quite obsessed about, and it is always very fulfilling to create a world in which you can put them all together in one place. I remember a friend asked me years ago what this particular book was about, and my answer was that it was about all my favourite topics, from fairy-tales to séances, landscape and magic. And as many powerful women as I could put in as well! I have to confess that is also nice to have the chance to write a tiny bit about someone forgotten, like Eunice Foote, or set the record straight about the little-known fact that female investigators used to work for Scotland Yard.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
Helena, without a doubt. She is intelligent and witty; but crucially, she has chosen to use those skills to help others. We need more people with that mentality in the world.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
When we were living in Madrid, we did a Dickens themed party, and one of the things I got my husband to make was “dog’s nose”, which is, if I remember correctly, Guinness and gin and nutmeg. Warmed up. I drank one glass of that, and couldn’t write for the next three weeks. So, not that! I am happy with a glass of Coca-Cola, just to give me enough caffeine to keep me sharp.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
I can get really inside a story, and forget about the outside world. I can too easily get caught up. This is quite helpful if I need to write loads in short spaces of time; but since I have had young children it is a thing to be avoided. It can be a really unhealthy habit! It has been difficult to learn to write again in little chunks, wherever there is a bit of free time, or in the couple of hours before going to my day job. It was much nicer when I could just sit down and write for 24 hours non-stop if I wanted! But life changes, and it is important to adapt to continue doing what you love.

How do you research your books?
I can get really inside a story, and forget about the outside world. I can too easily get caught up. This is quite helpful if I need to write loads in short spaces of time; but since I have had young children it is a thing to be avoided. It can be a really unhealthy habit! It has been difficult to learn to write again in little chunks, wherever there is a bit of free time, or in the couple of hours before going to my day job. It was much nicer when I could just sit down and write for 24 hours non-stop if I wanted! But life changes, and it is important to adapt to continue doing what you love.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser, but this has been a problem for me so often! I always say to myself I am going to plan a little more next time, and then I always start writing from a sudden inspiration, a dream, an image, or a sentence, and need to construct a whole world around it. Not very practical!

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
Definitely a pantser, but this has been a problem for me so often! I always say to myself I am going to plan a little more next time, and then I always start writing from a sudden inspiration, a dream, an image, or a sentence, and need to construct a whole world around it. Not very practical!

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
If you mean by befriend that they would not be dangerous for me, then Dracula. Just think of the stories he’d have to tell.

About the Author

Marian Womack is a bilingual writer, born in Andalusia and raised in the UK. She is a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop and the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University. She works for Cambridge University libraries, and her professional background is in academic libraries, having worked at Glasgow University Library and the Bodleian. Whilst living in Spain, Marian worked as a translator, desk editor, fiction publisher, and bookseller. She now lives in Cambridge, UK.

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