Annie On Writing

February 25, 2013

The Market Garden by Margie Riley – our next big thing.

Filed under: Interview with Author,Link Love,The Next Big Thing — Annie Evett @ 12:01 am

margie b wThis weeks Next Big Thing is by Margie Riley, who hides in the glorious mountains outside of Brisbane, Australia. Amongst other things, Margie is a respected proofreader and editor, who has begun to gain momentum with published short stories.

1 Where did the idea come from for the book?

There’s a little place on the Cunningham Highway, Brisbane-Warwick, called Mt Walker. A dot on the map. There was a market garden there and it fell into disrepair and neglect. Why?

2 What genre is the book?

Historical fiction.

3 What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a film?

Vietnamese Australians. Ahn Do and Luke Nguyen?!

4 What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Family saga of refugee immigrants who arrived by boat after the Vietnam war.

5 How long did it take to write the first draft of your book?

I haven’t finished it. Only just started. It will be a while…

6 Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The market garden, so beautifully tended and productive for a while.

7 What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Doesn’t everyone want to know what makes people tick? I have been put in touch with a Vietnamese family who did just that. Their story is heart-rending and fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more.

8 Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Hah! You know the answer to that one! I’ll be represented by Indie Publisher Raging Aardvark Publishing.

Margie can be found on The Proofreading Guru


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