Margaret Millmore: Author of Doppelganger Experiment

Today, I'm visiting with Margaret Millmore, author of Doppelganger Experiment. Her novel is a thriller that takes us right to the heart of San Francisco. Please welcome Margaret Millmore!

Tricia: Hi Margaret. Thank you for stopping by to speak with us about your book. Before we get started, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Margaret: I was born and raised in Southern California and moved to San Francisco in 1991. I currently reside there with my husband. I am the grandniece of Irish author Benedict Kiely and the second cousin of Irish author Sharon Owens. I have one published novel, Doppelganger Experiment and two flash fiction stories for Bay Area artist Kenny Mencher (The Welcome Home and Untitled-Luke N. Goode).

Tricia: It sounds like storytelling is in your blood. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Margaret: I’ve made up stories since I was very small and thought that maybe one day I would like to write. But life had a different path for me and I didn’t pursue my desire to write until recently. When the opportunity arose for me write full time (about 3 years ago) I decided to give it a go. I’ve been at it ever since.

Tricia: That's wonderful. I'm glad you found the chance to follow your dream. Where do find inspiration for your work?

Margaret: Inspiration comes from every direction. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a butterfly, a sunset or picture. More often than not, I get an idea for a story and I write it down. Usually it has no direction at that time, but before I know it, I see something in my everyday life and BLAM, the story evolves from something simple. In the case of Doppelganger Experiment, it was something my father-in-law said that caused the story to blossom.

Tricia: Can you tell us about Doppelganger Experiment?

Margaret: After more than four weeks in a coma, Jane woke up to find several things wrong; she didn’t remember the last three years, she was married to a man she didn’t know, and frightening dreams were infiltrating her sleep. But were they dreams or memories? As she struggles to recapture a life she doesn’t remember, she discovers clues that lead to flashes of memories and the discovery of horrific experiments that end in murder... and something worse than murder. A psychological thriller based in San Francisco.

Tricia: The premise sounds intriguing. Right up my alley. On your website, you describe your book as a psychological thriller with paranormal overtones. Without giving away too much of the story, can you explain what you mean by ‘paranormal overtones?’

Margaret: My antagonist is a purely a fictional enemy, one that can do superhuman things because of a deadly experiment. His abilities fall under the supernatural and paranormal.

Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing this novel?

Margaret: If you had asked me this question last Fall when the book was released, I probably would have said that the hardest part was getting a publisher. However I learned an even harder lesson in January. The initial reviews were fantastic, and I loved that. But in January I realized that many reviewers were pointing out a variety of editing errors that took away from the book. After the initial embarrassment of those comments wore off (well not completely…) I realized that I had to fix it. I asked my publisher to pull the book and have a seasoned editor take a look at it. I also made several revisions. I think the book is much better now, we re-issued in February. It’s a very hard and humiliating lesson, but one I now cherish as a learning experience.

Tricia: Are there any projects you’re working on right now?

Margaret: I currently have two projects going. The first is a vampire/werewolf story, I think its new twist on an old love (love of vampires and werewolves that is). I hope to be in a position to post a synopsis about that soon. I’m also working on another thriller with sci-fi overtones, based in San Francisco; however that project is so new that I’d prefer to keep in under wraps for the time being.

Tricia: You had me at vampire! I'm definitely going to keep my eyes out for that one. Do have any advice for aspiring or new writers?

Margaret: Don’t get discouraged! Finding a publisher is a daunting task, but well worth the effort and time. Edit, edit, edit! Have a few friends (with great grammatical skills) give you a harsh review and don’t be offended by it, it will make your work better in the long run.

Tricia: That's great advice. Again, thank you visiting my site. I really enjoyed talking to you, Margaret. For all my readers out there who are interested in learning more about Margaret Millmore's work, please visit the following links:
Follow Margaret on Twitter
World Castle Publishing
Purchase a copy of Doppelganger Experiment on Barnes and Nobel
Get your own copy of Doppelganger Experiment on Amazon


  1. Great interview! And one of those that makes me want to buy her book! And I think I will!

    Armand Rosamilia

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Armand. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about Margaret and her book!


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