The Teatime Author Interview…with Margaret K Johnson

While I’m busy with my new novel, I’m sharing an interview with me on the wonderful A Woman’s Wisdom Blog. I hope enjoy it!

The Teatime Author Interview…with Margaret K Johnson.

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If I hadn’t checked for typos – welcome to The Dane Club

Today’s light-hearted blog post was inspired by a friend who sent me a hilarious link to book-titles which were changed completely by changing one letter. It got me thinking about my novel The Dare Club. How different it could have been….

How about The Dane Club?

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Or maybe this version The Dane Club?

 

Or how about The Dart Club?

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Or The Dame Club?

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No, on second thoughts, I think The Dare Club is best.

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Four very different people challenge each other to do scary things in order to forget their problems. But will it work?

If you’d like to see the original – and very funny – link that set me down this route, here’s the link. Cheers!

Travel Blog: Taking a Chance in Cuba 2010

I discovered this story while I was researching for my new novel, and I’m reblogging it because I enjoyed it so much. What an adventure, and what a tale to talk about afterwards!

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It started with a baseball cap.  And led to a cozy evening in the home of a Cuban family, sharing beer and watching baseball on a vintage black and white TV, before a soldier appeared at the door, dressed for battle.  But I’m ahead of myself.  The ball cap….

Havana’s Artisan Market is a maze of tarps and two-by-fours, stalls and hawkers.  It prides itself on selling everything a tourist or local could want.  But mostly the tourists.  My husband Roger and I had arrived at the market with one purpose; find a baseball cap with Cuba’s national team logo. We had been to dozens of stalls selling hats, but no luck, and frustrated we had stopped in front of another to converse about what to do.

Memory Card 1-Cuba, Palm Desert, Winter 167The young man behind the table overheard and asked us in Spanish if he could help.  I responded, as I’m fluent in Spanish…

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Plunging into Cuba

I’m about to plunge into research about Havanna and Cuba in order to write some scenes for my upcoming novel, Taming Tom Jones. I visited Cuba in 2001, and had an amazing adventure holiday there, so I’ve already got some insight into the country. On that holiday I made a good friend – Sharon, who lives in London. Sometimes you meet people you just hit it off with right away – Sharon is one of these people. We met up last Thursday before I went to The London Author Fair on Friday, and it was great to catch up – we always have lots of laughs! This time, with the scenes I was about to write in mind, I turned the conversation to Cuba – and we shared lots of memories about the holiday we had there – the sights we saw and the experiences we had. And the silly pranks we played, including making ‘Castro moustaches’ out of fluffy catkin seeds stuck onto double-sided sticky tape. We dared each other to wear them and to pretend nothing was different. Strangely, it took people quite a while to comment! Daft, but great fun at the time – we laughed so much we cried.

I wish I had a photo I could show you, but that was before the digital age. Anyway, as I began my research yesterday, I came across these amazing images of Cuban murals of older people – I loved them because they really seemed to celebrate older people, and to suggest that they are respected. How wonderful!

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