Today on the blog, we have the lovely author for MEET ME AT WISTERIA COTTAGE, Teresa Morgan who’s dug deep to answer some questions for us! We’re about to find out everything from her inspirations to what book she wished she had written. Tune in below and be sure to get your copy of MEET ME AT WISTERIA COTTAGE here.
- What inspired you to write this book?
Walking home from the school run one time, I first had this plot bunny of a hysterical woman being thrown over the shoulder, into a fireman’s carry, of a strong man to get her out of the way – to shut her up basically – and I had to think why would she be hysterical, and would the guy be a fireman. I also wanted this book to revisit Tinners Bay to connect it with Plus One is a Lucky Number, and feature Clifton, Bristol, to tie it to One Fine Day.
- If you could go back and change anything, would you?
I might make Harry take his shirt off more…
- What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about writing?
My favourite is the escapism. I’m never bored, and when the words are pouring from my fingers onto the keyboard and appearing on the screen I’m at my happiest – especially if that scene is working and is fun. It helps me put any negativity from real life to the back of my brain.
My least favourite part of writing is the pressure we put ourselves under as writers. Sometimes, when I don’t get that much time to write because real life has got in the way, I beat myself up with guilt.
- If the book was made into a movie, who would you like to play them?
Henry Cavill became a huge inspiration for my hero, so I would love him to play Harry. And it would be only fitting that Amy Adams was Maddy, as she became my inspiration for a strawberry-blonde, fiery heroine.
- What’s one book you wish you had written?
There are so many. I’ll stick with the obvious. Harry Potter. An amazing creation!
- What’s your favourite book?
I’ve read so many great books, and each are favourites for different reasons, so I will say Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (because it made me cry) but Pride and Prejudice is a close second by Jane Austen because I just love Mr Darcy.
- What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
So that I don’t offend any living authors, I’m going to say Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. It’s not romance, it’s a tragedy! It’s one ‘classics’ I could easily have put down, but I continued to the end, so that I could have an opinion of the book, and to say I’d read it.
- If you weren’t writing, what other outlet would you be involved in?
Years ago, I used to paint. I would probably go back to that if I wasn’t writing. I enjoyed the therapeutic escapism of paint brush to canvas, and the creation. Like Maddy in Meet Me At Wisteria Cottage, I loved painting seascapes.
- What’s one thing your readers don’t know about you?
Well, if you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you know I don’t really keep secrets. I am an open book. What would the like to know about me?
Although I’m not really a dog person – I hate being licked and as a runner, they can cause me a great deal of stress if the owner doesn’t have control over them, but my favourite dogs are border collies because they’re smart and loyal. We had a border collie when I was a child and his name was Sam.
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