Friday, 26 April 2013

Author Hot Seat Welcomes Maggie Nash

The author hot seat specials are designed to help readers get to know some of todays popular and up and coming authors a little better. The questions are broken into four sections - About your writing, about you, fun stuff and finally. Some of the questions are easy, other may need a little more thought and some may cause our author friends to hesitate before answering. Still, they all answer.

Today we welcome Maggie Nash to the hot seat, Maggie is not only a great author but a fun  person to hang out with.  Having attended the Australia Romance Readers Convention earlier this year with her I can vouch for that. Let's see what  Maggie has to say today.

About your writing:

How did you get started as a writer?

I know this sounds really cliché, but I really did start writing one day when I ran out of books to read. I was a stay at home mum at the time, and I’d gotten in the habit of reading at least one book a day! Yes, it’s true – I am a book addict. This particular day my car was getting serviced and I was stuck in the house. Public transport and shops weren’t much of an option where I was living, and I realised that I’d already re read most of my keepers. I sat at the computer tapping my fingers on the mouse and wondering what I could do, then it came to me – why not write one myself? So I made myself a cup of tea, thought about what I would like to read, and then sat back at the computer and wrote the first chapter of my first book.  I realised very quickly that I had no idea what I was doing, so I researched and found writing organisations and groups online, and joined Romance Writers of Australia and from there I was hooked!

Why do you write?

I’m not sure, to be honest. I’ve always been one of those people who notice things…things others don’t necessarily see, and I like to share what I see, feel and think. So maybe that’s it? Or maybe I’m just an exhibitionist at heart LOL.

Have you ever had a day you wanted to quit and never write again?

Absolutely! But they don’t last long because as soon as I think I want to quit, I start thinking about how much I would miss it and I start planning the next writing session J

Do you feel lucky to be doing what you are doing?

Oh yes, I love writing, I love working with my editor, and getting a new cover and seeing the book for sale…all of it is so much fun and I feel very blessed.

Tell me how you got to where you are today?

To be honest, it’s been a long and rocky journey LOL.  I started my first book in 2003, it was published in 2005, then a few publishing company disasters happened and I was out of circulation for a few years, but I came back and since 2009 I’ve had 5 books out.  Yes, I’m a slow writer!

How do your family/spouses react to your work as an author? Do they know what you write? 

My family are very supportive. My husband loves reading my books and my mum says the sex scenes are “very educational” J  My sons think it’s cool, but will never read any of my stuff… “We don’t want those pictures in our heads!”

About you:

What are you passionate about in life?

My family, my friends, my writing and my day job teaching at university.

If you had to give a thank-you speech at the Oscars, who would you thank and what would you say?

I’d thank my writers group for their support and friendship, my editors and publishers for helping me be a better writer, Romance Writers of Australia for getting me off on the right track, my readers for taking the time to look at my work, and my family for putting up with me when I’m on a deadline!

What are the three most important life lessons you’ve learned that might make life easier for others?

Forgive and move on.
Don’t stress about what you can’t change.
Keep working towards that dream and it will happen!

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. Whom would it be and why?

I want to be Eve Dallas – because I want to be married to Roarke!

What's the worst thing you did as a kid?

When I was 3, I was supposed to go to a neighbours house for the day while she visited my brother in hospital, but I hated them, so I tricked my mum into thinking I’d gone there…then snuck back into the house and stayed by myself for the day….until some friends of my mother dropped by and found me!  They got me dressed in my best clothes and took me to the beach and bought me fish and chips and icecream!

What do you do to have fun?

I love to spend time with my friends while I’m drinking a great coffee.

Share a funny incident in your life.

You mean my adventure as a 3 year old isn’t funny enough?

Fun Stuff:

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Definitely Julia Roberts.

If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?

Chocolate brownies…crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside.

What is your favorite color- food- song- movie?

Purple-chocolate-Home by Michael Buble-Moonstruck

What's the funniest pick up line ever used on you?

D’you root?  (Yes – really!)

What's the one thing you can't live without?

My Redness Solutions makeup for my red face!

And finally:

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it's raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for a bus:
                       -An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
                       -An old friend who once saved your life.
                       -The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
You can only fit one person in your car, who would you choose to offer a ride to?

Wow – that’s a tough one!  I am thinking I would comfort the old lady, give the perfect partner a kiss, then save my old friend. 

Thanks Maggie, and yes the story of when you were threee was funny enough :) If you'd like to ask Maggie anything just pop your questions in the comment section or if you just want to find out more about Maggie and her work then check out the following links.


Maggies has a new book, KINKY BET (Releasing on 29 April, but available for pre order now!) Here's a littel peek at what you're in for. For anyone wanting to pre-order please click the buy link at the bottomof this post. 


Who knew losing a bet could be this much fun?

Erica Nielsen agreed to a bet with her best friend, but she never imagined losing would involve a weekend of punishment at Dangerous Liaison, a BSDM retreat. But was it really punishment being trained by a sexy Irishman who takes her on a sexual journey of a lifetime?

Conal Brennan agrees to help a young woman find her submissive nature. He always enjoys being the one in control, but one look at the Nordic blonde he calls 'Fire girl' and he’s not sure who’s controlling whom.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM, spanking, bondage, voyeurism, group sex, public sex, M/F/M, some F/F action and a whole lot of kink!



  1. Lovely to hear that little bit more about you, Maggie. And it's good to know you've been a tearaway trouble-maker since you were three years old!

  2. I love that 3yo story Maggie. Shows a determination and resilience you've never lost.!

  3. Oh yes Willsin - It's always the things we do as children that sets the tone for the rest of our lives LOL

    Yes, I was definitely determined Kate :-) My poor brother was in hospital and she was tearing her hair out trying to figure out what to do with me!

    Thanks for dropping by folks! Mwuahhh!

  4. OMG! I hope that pick up line didn't work Maggie. Great interview and have I said how bloody hot Kinky Bet is...


  5. LOL...not it didn't work - but it did give me a good laugh!

    And thank you, you wonderful woman you! Glad you liked it :-)

  6. Have known you a long time Maggie and totally believe it! LOL

    1. Yes, you do know me well Layne :-) Thanks for dropping by... Mwuah!

  7. What a fun interview, Maggie!

    Your life lessons are right on!

    Wishing you great success with KINKY BET.

  8. What a great interview! Wow! I can't wait to read the book! Congrats, Maggie!

  9. Loved the interview, and I can't wait to read this book. It's got me drooling. Where's a tissue when I need one?

    1. Hahaha...maybe I should giveaway promotional packets of tissues like they do in Japan :-) You never know when you're going to need them LOL