Marilyn Holdsworth on the Importance of Villains in Fiction @m_holdsworth #AmReading #WomensFic. Interview.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I am very interested in saving the American mustangs and preventing animal abuse especially exploitation of horses. That’s why I wrote my first book,
How do you come up with titles for your books?
I choose titles that will interest my readers and are symbolic to the story. Making Wishes has several levels of meaning to the book.
Can you tell us about your main character?
My main character in Making Wishes is Elloree Randall, a young creative woman faced with making some life changing choices. She is torn between her love for her work and her devotion to her sons.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Very hard work!
Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp?
Yes. I would say that in Making Wishes my message is: A quest for self-discovery to find ones true values often comes at a high price.
How much of the book is realistic?
Although my characters are fictional they are realistic and the story is very believable.
How important do you think villains are?
Very. Conflict created by a clash of good and evil keeps a story moving. Readers engaged in the plot want to see justice done.
Can we expect to see any more books from you?
Yes. I am currently working on my fourth novel.
Have you started another book?
Yes. I am well into writing my fourth novel, The Portrait of Lady J.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I like to take my dog for walks in the park. I also love to listen to classical music. And for me walking on the beach at sunrise or sunset is the ultimate relaxation.