Maggie Mitchell

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The Next Best Thing Blog Hop

Hi folks…I’ve been tagged by my good friend Layne Macadam in TNBTBH!

So here goes:

1: What is the working title of your book(s)?

My next best thing is my new MUSES ACROSS TIME series, and book I  (Chasing Terpsichore) I’ve already spoken about on another post, so I’ll talk about the book 2 now – it’s called Calling Calliope

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wrote the first story several years back for a themed anthology that never eventuated and I really liked it. One of my beta readers suggested I make it into a series because she wanted to hear what happened to the other Muses, so I thought..why not?

3: What genre does your book come under?
That’s tricky because it’s contemporary and it’s Greek Mythology…


4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

The hero is easy – because I based him on Chris Hemsworth (Thor in the Avengers!)

The heroine is a little trickier. I am thinking Jennifer Garner – she has the height and the heart for it.



5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Can love survive across time and place?

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
When it’s finished *vbg* I’ll be sending it to Total-e-bound

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About 4 weeks for the first draft. Hopefully! I’m still writing it LOL

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Chasing Terpsichore reminds me a little bit of The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter.  I’m not sure if I can compare any others with Calling Calliope

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I mentioned above, it was one of my beta readers…and then of course, my editor was enthusiastic too :-)

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Here’s the full blurb:

When Callie is found wandering the streets of Melbourne, she has no memory of who she is. When a larger than life man appears, claiming he’s her husband, Callie immediately assumes they’re not together for a reason.

But a violent criminal is angry with her for hiding his family and plots revenge, so keeping this giant of a man around seems like it might be a good idea after all.

Gus might be a King in his own land, but this strange place is a different story. It took him six months to find his beloved Calliope and he is not leaving without her. Even if she can’t remember him.  Now that she’s in danger, the need to rescue her is greater, but the stubborn woman won’t believe him. To win her back he has to play it by her rules, or risk losing her forever.

Thanks for tagging me Layne!

I’m excited! Are you?

Just a quick note to let you know the sekrit writing project story will be released soon!

My story is a contemporary romance featuring a girl who’s given up on men, and her hot neighbour who wants to change her mind. When they are locked on the roof for the night she has to face her fear of heights as well as relationships, but her neighbour knows just how to distract her.

The anthology features eight stories by eight authors (including yours truly) and will be published by TWC.  If you head over to Facebook and like our page, that would be fantastic! Don’t forget to add the page to your interests list as well – that way you can see our posts!

Here’s the link:

Don’t you just love the logo?
Watch this space! I’ll post a teaser very soon :-)

My weekend in writing…

Happy weekend folks. I hope you’re getting to all those jobs you want to achieve this weekend. I know I’m doing pretty well myself so far, so fingers crossed the momentum continues.

Goals for this weekend:
1. Finish editing short story for TWC anthology – check!
2. Finish revising RS and submit to publisher – check!
3. Work on novella for my other persona – not yet but hopeful!

I suppose I should tell you a little bit about numbers 1 & 2 :-)

The short story is for an anthology with my writers group – we’re forming a co-operative to publish our own work. There are 9 of us, and several are published already, so we’re all helping out with content editing, line editing and formatting. It’s almost ready to go so watch this space!  My story is a contemporary romance and it’s set in Sydney. That’s all I can tell you for now. You’ll have to be patient :-)

The romantic suspense is a novel I wrote some time back, had it published briefly with a now defunct publisher, so I revised it and updated it and I’ve sent it off to a new publisher. Hopefully they’ll like the partial and ask for the full – but geez Louise it’s so long since I sent in a submission to a new publisher, I am so nervous!  I’m trying hard not to second guess what they will say, plus making sure I don’t re read what I wrote because there’s nothing I can do to change it now!  Talk about scary!

So that’s my weekend in writing – how’s yours going?

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