Welcome to my Wednesday Author Interview Series.
Today, I am interviewing Marjorie Mallon.
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: I’m a late bloomer, with a young outlook on life. I adore all forms of creativity: art, photography, music, poetry, prose, drama, etc. I can’t draw or paint but I wish I could! Instead, I enjoy taking photographs. I live in the UK in Cambridge with my husband and youngest daughter. My eldest daughter is abroad at the moment teaching English as a Foreign Language in South Korea and I miss her terribly. Family is very important to me and perhaps that is why I wrote a family-centered YA novel. But, please believe me when I say that my main protagonist Amelina’s dysfunctional, weird family is nothing like my own!
Q: When and what made you decide you wanted to be a writer?
A: It wasn’t a conscious decision. I blame magic. One day I woke up and had this overwhelmingly strange desire to write. It coincided with a succession of visits from a stray feline who became Shadow, my black cat character in my book. I’ve never been the same since! I’m certain that beautiful, mysterious cat cast a spell on me.
Q: Can you tell us something about the genre of your books and why you write in that genre?
A: I write fantasy because life is too dull without magic. I’m drawn to horror, but I’m frightened to write it. The other genre that I long to explore in future writing is… crime writing — murder… but that scares the heck out of me too.
Q: Where do you get your ideas from?
A: A magical well at the bottom of my garden! I throw in a penny and out pops a fully formed idea! When the well is dry I go beyond the far reaches of my backyard and visit museums, art galleries, travel somewhere, or eavesdrop on trains. Also, I meet and greet a lot of visitors in my day job. One young man had an uncanny resemblance to a vampire! I’ve stored him in my memory bank for a future story idea! Recently I discovered a magical park which I’d never noticed before. It made me wonder could this be a prompt for a story?
Photograph of Garden is Copyrighted by Marjorie Mallon.
Please do not use this Garden Photo without permission from the photographer.