Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My author bio says it best, so here ’tis…
Maggie Aldrich is an avid reader, freelance writer, and yoga instructor who tends to catastrophize all situations.
“Good grief, you should become a writer, you’re always making stuff up!” her family said. And so, she did.
Winner of the 2017 Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Story Competition – Adult Division, Maggie lives on an acreage in middle America with her husband, daughter, cats, and other various unattended wild animals. This is her first novel.
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What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It’s All Greek to Me was a work three years in the making. It was inspired by so many things, it’s hard to pick just one. I’d been longing to find a creative outlet since my mind tends to run free, creating bizarre “what ifs” endlessly. I remembered a story of a friend who had kind of been forced into joining a sorority. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if she had to go back and be in charge of one?” And thus, the story began.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write best when I am anxious or angry. ??? How does that even make sense??
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Sue Grafton is my absolute FAVORITE author. I think it’s because of her MC, Kinsey Millhone. I always wanted to be a detective when I was a kid (watched alot of Magnum, PI, Simon & Simon, etc). I’m somewhat of a loner and fiercely independent…I don’t like dogs or other people’s kids…and I have a bad habit of finding out people’s secrets on accident. If I was single now, I think I would be Kinsey.
What are you working on now?
A sequel to It’s All Greek to Me, as well as a speculative fiction novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Still looking for that! Suggestions??!!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. You can publish yourself and be successful. Don’t spend lots of money up front. You can do things affordably.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I read something about QB Russell Wilson and his dad a couple of years ago. When Russell was in high school, his dad was telling him he’d play in the pros. Russell said, “Why me, Dad?” His dad replied, “Why not you?”
I do not have a background as a writer, though I have always been a good one. My background is in science. When I first decided to try writing, my biggest fear was people asking me, “Why would YOU be a successful author?” I always countered with, “Well, why not me?” Really? Why not me?
What are you reading now?
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep writing, keep publishing, keep selling.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Boy, this changes with every phase of my life. It’s so hard to pick 3 that I will love consistently forever.
1 – the Bible. Gotta take this.
2 – Fried Green Tomatoes. This book just warms my heart every time I read it.
3 – If Jacks’ in Love by Stephen Wetta. I love this book right now. Love it! It’s dark, but it makes me laugh, and I just love the character, Jack!