Thursday, September 5, 2013

Author Spotlight - Mandy Baggot

Welcome Mandy, it's great to have you here on the minx blog today! 

 Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
I’m a writer of contemporary romantic fiction. I have five self-published titles, two books with Sapphire Star Publishing and currently write for Harper Impulse, the brand new romance imprint from Harper Collins. I love Twitter, country music, mashed potato and white wine! I live in Wiltshire, UK with my husband (Mr Big), two daughters and two cats (Kravitz and Springsteen).

What number book is this? First? 100th? 200th?(Nora only!)
Do You Remember? is my eighth title and my first with Harper Impulse.

        Everyone who writes knows it's not easy - what methods do you use to keep at it on days when it would be so much easier to go shoe shopping?
LOL! You can shoe shop online now you know...or handbag shop! I just try to keep writing. If you only write one sentence on a bad day at least it’s progress. I don’t have any great tips, just keep going!

        What is your top promo tip for other authors?
Don’t be afraid to use social media to build relationships and sell books. In 2012 I won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. This was for my use of topical popular culture and innovation in author marketing. Jump on Twitter trends and tailor them to your book. I got a lot out of ‘More style than #Gangnam’ and even got retweeted by PSY himself!

        How does writing fit into your day? Or does your day fit in around your writing?
I have two young daughters (8 and 6) so I am a school-run mum! Once I’ve dropped the children off  it’s back home for work. This doesn’t always just involve writing though. As all authors will tell you there is a lot more to it than that. There are interview to do, articles to write and tweets to set up. As well as chatting on Facebook and discussing what happened in Luther etc. I am very lucky to be a full-time writer now though and I couldn’t do that without the support of my lovely Mr Big.

        Is there a book you haven't written yet that you're dying to? What genre?
YES! There is this one book idea that keeps springing up, usually when I’m in the middle of writing another one. It’s erotic fiction...Lady Baggot doesn’t really do erotic but this idea lends itself to something racier. I have a couple of other books to attend to before this one. It does shout out at me though so watch this space!

     Keeping fit: Do you have an exercise regime to counterbalance all those hours sitting at a computer?
I did have a brilliant routine. I would Zumba and Boxercise three times a week at home. But I got a really bad virus back in December 2012 that seemed to last for months and left me feeling really tired for a long time. Since then I’ve done nothing. It’s my plan to get back into this after the summer holidays.

         What was the most fun part of writing this book?
The best bit about writing Do You Remember?  was the flashback element to it. I hadn’t attempted anything like this before but I thought it was really important to tell both sides of the story and let the readers see for themselves why and how all these situations in the book arose. I’ve had nothing but compliments about the two eras of the story so I’m pleased it worked!

        Have you ever written a hero you'd be happy to run off with?
One?! I’d gladly run off with them all! Just don’t tell Mr Big!

Do you write to music, or with the tv on in the background, or do you need complete silence?
Most of the time I need complete silence to get into the heads of my characters. A couple of books I’ve written have had playlists to accompany them though and these songs were songs I listened to when I was writing the books. The book I’m working on now, Made in Nashville, has a playlist going on!

B         Tell us about your book, Do You Remember?

First Love. First Loss. Last chance?
2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?
Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.
Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon?
Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth?

L          Links to buy Mandy's book:

Buy Do You Remember? – Amazon UK
Buy Do You Remember? – Amazon US

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Mandy said...

Thank you so much for having me Minxes! Such great questions!

Mandy :)

Kat said...

I think Lady Baggot needs to write that erotc, lol!

Lots of luck with the book Mandy, it sounds terrific and HarperImpulse certainly seem to be going places. xx

Janice said...

This was a super interesting interview. Congratulations on your fabulous success Mandy - all down to your amazing talent and hard work. I think you should write the steamy one - as you sure know how to write a love scene!! #justsayin #nathanregan #phew

Love Janice xx

jolliffe said...

Great interview Mandy and the Minxes. I love 'Do you Remember' as you know :-) I am looking forward to reading your other books in the near future :-)

Trenda Marie said...

Best wishes with your book, Mandy! Can't wait for you to write that spicy one, too! :-)

Kalliope Bell

Unknown said...

Lovely post, Mandy! And wow, eight books!