You know those books. The one’s you don’t know much about, or you’ve been having a bad run with choices, books not living up to expectations – Fragments by M.R. Field had me gripped me from beginning to end. This book had me running to the phone to send her a private message saying ‘I don’t believe that this is your first book. Have you written under another name?’
The quality, the style, the humour, the sadness, the character development, the heartache and just general awesomeness about this book and author, cannot be summed up in a small amount of words. Through my raving about this book, M.R. and I have struck up a wonderful friendship. I had the honour of being a beta reader on the second book in the series, Splinters.
So without further adieu … here is my five minutes with M.R. Field.
With Fragments being filled with drama, love, lust, and several taboo topics, who was your favourite character to write?
I am torn between Trice and Alex, in regards to who my favourite was. Merely, as they were both broken souls that needed fixing. Trice needed to face her obstacles head on- she needed battle her demons and show them they couldn’t overcome her. Alex’s natural drive to protect Trice from his home life and himself, was also compelling to write. His self-loathing destroyed me. But, if I am not feeling it, I don’t write it. They both faced challenging issues that are so common in everyday life. What they also showed was how to beat them. If I did have to pick one, I’d say Alex as I loved his intensity. I did also love writing Josh’s character. He was a hidden gem.
What do you hope readers will remember your writing for?
For being real. I didn’t want to antagonise the reader. I wanted them to feel. If I was able to make them cry, throw their kindle across the room or laugh, then my job is done.
What do you do to celebrate writing ‘The End?’
I hugged my husband and did a happy dance in my study. I also called a dozen people to tell them that I had finished. But the moment, also felt surreal. Living in a daydream.
What do you like more? Writing the protagonist or hero of the story?
It depends on the direction my characters are taking me. If they are going to have a monumental change to go through, I generally prefer them. The hero though, as long as they are worthy of that title, will also garner my favourtism also. I will always prefer the character that challenges me and makes me feel.
Was Fragments the first book you wrote or do you have other books up your sleeve?
Fragments was my first self-published novel. I have been writing since I was a little girl and it took a long time for me to trust myself to release a work of mine publicly. It has spurred me on, and now I have a series planned, as well as various other ideas that I keep torturing my betas with.
What advice to you give to an unpublished writer?
Some advice for an unpublished writer, choose your betas, editor, formatter and cover designer wisely. Do not sell yourself short. Trust yourself, trust your instinct and KEEP WRITING.