Today on Meet the Author we’re talking to the lovely Marie Godley about her new book, why she writes children’s books, why she’d love to chat to David Attenborough and watching Christmas movies well before Christmas!……
YA fantasy and adult romance (some children’s ones that are in process of getting a new home)
Tell us a bit about yourself:
A tea addict , bit of a chocoholic, a bookworm. Love to walk along the beach or in the forest. Mum to two YA’s one at uni, one graduating this summer. Long suffering husband who puts up with my daydreaming.
What inspired you to start writing?
I have always loved books when my kids came along we spent hours reading but when they got to school I found the reading scheme books they brought home boring. I wondered if I could write something. Once I started, I didn’t stop.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve published 8 so far. Another is written and with an editor. I have another couple on the go.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Out of my children’s books it’s A Special Christmas Bear mainly because it is the first I wrote and because I love Christmas. Out of my YA books, at the moment, it’s Different Wings probably because it involves Angels which is a love of mine and because it flowed so well whilst writing it. The one I really love is the one with the editor because it made me laugh and I could let my snarky side out a bit.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Sometimes I use a name website often putting in the meaning of the characters traits and seeing what it comes up with. I have a book of Celtic names or sometimes I combine two names into one. Other times I see what fits with the character.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Katsuo from Janalya. He is capable, strong, fierce but gentle. Also the fact that he can shift into a panther means I won’t get cold when cuddled up to his fur.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Can I have two? Enid Blyton for the number of books she wrote and their longevity. I loved her stories as a child and rediscovered them when my two were young. And Jane Austen for my adult self. I love all of her books, but Pride and Prejudice is my favourite. I love all the characters, they are so individual and such fun. The aforementioned long suffering husband curses every time I find a new copy I like. (handbag size, leather bound, anything different is an excuse to buy it).
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
I remember writing as a child but I don’t know what it was – I think I wanted to be like Jo out of Little Women.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I’ve worked in shops, I’ve worked in Libraries, both public and setting up the library in the local primary school. I was even in the RAF for all of a week – it wasn’t a good match!
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Backwards, not necessarily to change anything as everything happens for a reason, it moulds us into who we are. But I’d like to try on the different styles of dress, experience the way of life. Going into the future would be too frightening.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
While there are many writers I’d love to talk to, the one person who I find fascinating is David Attenborough. His passion for the natural world and desire to change things for the better are inspiring. What he’s done throughout his career would provide hours of chat.
What are your favourite things to do?
Reading first and foremost, but I also like to do cross stitch. I’m finding my small ability to knit again, making blankets for the local hospital. I’m trying to teach myself to crochet but that’s a slow job. I love to walk and am lucky enough to love in an historical town with Norman ruins and a river and near to the sea and the National Forest – something for every mood. I like films, I’m a Marvel fan, but I love Christmas films. I watch them as soon as they come on TV, or even earlier if I feel like watching one I own, even if it’s summer – yes, you guessed it, something else for the husband to roll his eyes at.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
The only strange things that happen to me are in my dreams – they are TOTALLY bizarre, especially at the moment. I’m just glad they are dreams and not reality.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Don’t stop, even if others tell you to. Be strong and keep writing.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
There are so many and part of me wants to say Pride and Prejudice but actually I’m going to go with The Secret Garden. It has so much in it. It covers relationships, loss, magic, hope and is a lovely tale. Every walled garden I visit has a little bit of magic in it for me.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My latest book was my adult romance. It is set around my hometown, but with the usual artistic licence thrown in. It is set at Christmas but it’s based on our town museum (with artistic storytelling although the curator was very helpful in answering some general questions). It is on Amazon and other ebooks and can be bought in paperback.
Thanks so much Marie for this brilliant interview. It’s a bit spooky as at times I felt like I was reading my own interview…..I’ve recently had weird (REALLY weird) dreams of which I’m also glad they’re not real! I LOVE a Christmas movie too and start watching them as soon as they’re on the TV (have you seen that there are already some on?!).
Also funnily enough, as a book blogger, I’ve NEVER read Pride and Prejudice and your interview has inspired me to fit it in at some point! Thanks so much!
If you have any questions for Marie, then give her a shout!
Have a wonderful day!