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:
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