I have only know about Margaret’s writing for about six months and she is an automatic buy for me now. She writes stories that enrapture and enthral me. Some of them are confronting. Some of them are sweet but what I love most about her writing – I never know what I’m going to get and she keeps me guessing. All her female leads are strong women and I adore and thank her for that. If you are looking for something out of the box, then have a look at her stable of works. Enough of my yapping – here’s my Five Minutes With … Margaret McHeyzer.
How did you get your start in writing?
I began writing in February 2013. I was chopping my vegetables for dinner one afternoon when I was thinking about a story. An unconventional story of an alpha female and a male who’s not quite as strong as the female lead. Then I thought, ‘hey, wouldn’t it be fun if they were opposite ends of the spectrum?’ and I started thinking about career opposites. Which is where I came up with an assassin and a cop. But here’s the kicker, SHE’s the assassin and he’s the cop.
Do you have a set routine for writing or just ‘when lightning strikes?’
No routine at all. If a story pops into my head, I let the characters tell me what they want. Sometimes they’re so forceful that I can’t help but listen to them. Sometimes they tell me what they want me to know, but disappear because they’re not ready to give me the whole story.
Favourite part of the writing process?
The finished product and knowing what my characters wanted to say, is out on paper for them. Listening to them and getting their emotions right and having them proud because of me.
Favourite character to write?
First and foremost, it’s Anna Brookes AKA 15. She’s my alpha female assassin, and her life was just so interesting and intriguing. I can’t help but LOVE her. Next is Ryan Jenkins, he’s from Yes, Master which is my banned book. He came to me at the speed of a freight train and didn’t let up until I had told his story exactly how he wanted me to say it.
Do you base your characters on yourself or on people you know?
My characters live inside me, they’re the only ones I can base them on.
What do you do to celebrate writing ‘The End’?
Usually nothing much. Maybe head out with girlfriends for lunch, but nope, nothing particularly juicy.