Interview with Margot Justes
Interview with Margot Justes
Affaire de Coeur's
November Calendar Girl
Born in Poland, Margot Justes has lived in Israel, France, and South Africa. Currently living in the East Coast, she has taken her love of art and travel and cultivated it into unique settings and stories for her writing, 2007 brought her a contract for her first novel A Hotel in Paris .
- When did you start writing and why?
I started about 10 years ago, had a tough day in the office, and wanted a total escape from reality. I have no idea what possessed me to think I could do it, but I kept chugging along, and eventually A Hotel in Paris was born.
- What have you learned about writing since you started?
That it is hard, emotional, a driving force with many highs and lows, but above all, delightful and satisfying.
- Tell us about your new book or series.
A Hotel in Venice just came out in August, it is the third book in my hotel series, and dare I say it-my favorite-because of the fantastic setting. Venice has completely captured my heart and imagination.
- What is your idea of a perfect day?
I have since retired, so you could say all days are perfect. Mornings are my favorite, an early riser, I start my day with coffee and a book.
- Do you have any hobbies?
I used to garden, but now I live in a condo, there is no gardening. I love to read, travel, write about travel and walk.
- What authors do you admire?
There are too many to list them all, I tend to give new authors a chance. The authors below came to mind quickly because their books are above my computer. They helped me in my writing. Anne Perry because of her research abilities, her Thomas Pitt series define the Victorian Era well. Dorothy Sayers, because of the elegance of her prose, and the delightful, and not quite proper Lord Peter Wimsey. The early Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon; she makes Venice come to life. Christine Feehan because of her strong characters. Kat Richardson and her urban fantasy Greywalker series because of her descriptive prowess.
- What is the worst thing about being an author?
That is easy-the marketing-I’m terrible at selling myself.
- The best thing?
The creative process, having the characters come to life.
- What do you expect to be doing 10 years from now?
Hopefully I’ll still be writing happy endings. I love the romance genre, the satisfied endings, the escape to a place we know will have a happy resolution.
- What can we expect from you next?
I’m working on the next hotel book, set in Barcelona, and a sequel to Blood Art, my paranormal story with a terrific vampire.
- Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
Don’t give up writing, listen to your voices, don’t take the rejections to heart, they’re purely subjective. Write what makes you happy.
Read Margot Justes' chapter preview of A Hotel in Venice
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