Calling all Women’s Fiction Lovers! Complete the Survey and Win!

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Hello to all you women’s fiction lovers out there! I’m carrying out a survey to get your valuable views on what makes a women’s fiction novel the best ever experience for you.

I don’t know if you’re like me, but sometimes I find it difficult to find books I really want to read. Maybe that’s partly why I write what I do – because these are the type of books that really grab me. My fantasy reads that transport me to an entirely different world; one where I’m completely hooked on the characters and what’s happening to them.

 For me, romance on its own isn’t enough.

If there’s a romance in a story, that’s fine, and if I care about the characters I’ll root for them. But on its own? No, it doesn’t do it for me. (I realise I might be in the minority, as romance novels sell like proverbial hot cakes).

I want something more than that though.

I want to read about women who are overcoming challenges of all kinds, not just the romantic kind. Women who are rebuilding their lives or challenging themselves, or dealing with complicated issues. About secrets and how they can eat away at relationships or self-esteem like a cancer. And personally, I’m quite happy to accept events that might not happen in real life if the author helps me to believe in them. Magic, I suppose.

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The compulsion factor

So, right now I’m on a quest to find out more about what other women’s fiction fans want from women’s fiction. I want to see whether I can find people like me, which would be very nice, but also to find other books and authors who can stir and move me, and make me read hungrily into the night. So, I’ve put together a short survey on Women’s Fiction, and, to entice you to spend a few minutes answering my questions, I’m offering a £20/$20 Amazon voucher to one lucky respondent.

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Click image to give your valuable opinion and to be entered into a draw to win a £20/$20 Amazon Gift Card.

So, what are you waiting for? if you enjoy reading good women’s fiction, let me know what matters to you and where and how you enjoy reading by clicking on the link. Oh, and if you have a fantasy place to read, I want to hear about that too!

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Where’s your fantasy place to read? Tell us!

Thanks so much. I can’t wait to read your answers.

Bye for now.

Margaret 

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Letters from Elsewhere: Hannah

A letter from Hannah, Jen’s almost mother-in-law in Taming Tom Jones.

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Letters from ElsewhereI’m delighted to welcome Hannah, who seems to feel she has to plead her case with you. She is the almost mother-in-law of Jen, main character of recently released Taming Tom Jones by Margaret K Johnson. But she’s more than that, as you’ll see.

Over to you, Hannah.

Dear Reader

I know what you think – that I should tell Jen the truth. Well, I’m sorry, but I can’t do that. I care too much about her, and I fought so very hard to keep her in my life after what Luther did.

I don’t remember being so angry with my son before, ever. I could hardly take in what he was saying to me, standing there in his wedding clothes, unable to look me in the face. It was as if he was six years old all over again. Five. I know it was you with that pea shooter…

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Something for the Weekend – Taming Tom Jones!

It’s publication day for my novel Taming Tom Jones, and I’m on Shani Struther Author’s blog today, talking about the background to the book.

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TTJ CoverHappy launch day to Margaret K Johnson today, author of many of my favourite books and now the brilliant Taming Tom Jones! I had the pleasure of reading this in its editorial stages and, as ever, Johnson’s writing captured me from the very beginning, delivering me very happily to a great ending. Grab a coffee, read what’s it all about and what true life events inspired her to write it and then go grab a copy from Amazon. Over to you, Margaret…


I wanted to explore several different themes with Taming Tom Jones. I suppose the one that runs through the whole novel is The truth isn’t always what you think it is. As a writer, I always have a sentence like that to refer to – it helps me to plan, and I can hang everything onto it. The book is also about a woman – Jen…

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Helping With Writer’s Block

I was in the newspaper last Saturday – here’s the piece that appeared. It’s the story of how I wrote my forthcoming novel, A Nightingale in Winter, which languished in an attic for sixteen years. I’m putting my experience of overcoming writer’s block to good use in a face-to-face course soon, and in the future I intend to make this into an e-course. If this is something that interests you, sign up to my mailing list or email me at margaretkjohnsonauthor@gmail.com for more information.
————————————————————————————————————————————–Norwich author to use her own experience to help others with writer’s block

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To help writers find their flow, Margaret Johnson has launched the Fiction Writing – Moving Forward course, which will run for ten weeks starting in September.It comes on the back of her own experience after her latest novel, A Nightingale in Winter, was left languishing in her attic for 16 years before she finally decided to put the finishing touches to it.

The course is aimed at those who have an idea for a story or novel but don’t know how to get started, or for those who have already made a start but are now feeling stuck.

Mrs Johnson said: “It took me two years to write the book on top of having a job at a college in Nottingham. I did a great deal of research for it, including going to the Imperial War Museum in London to read original diaries and letters.

“I ended up writing two versions of the story and thoroughly confused myself.

“But with increased experience, I could see exactly what I needed to change to make it work.

“I did not decide to try and publish it until 16 years later – but happily it was quickly accepted by Omnific Publishing.

“I know all about the fears and doubts that can plague aspiring writers and always try to include an element of writing confidence building in the creative writing courses.”

The course will help students to work on their plot and story outline, decide on their story theme, heighten conflict to add interest, decide on the best ending for their story and more.

Mrs Johnson also writes contemporary women’s fiction and fiction for people who are learning to speak English.

Fiction Writing – Moving Forward, will run for ten weeks from 7pm to 9pm, from September 17 at Oak Grove Chapel, Catton Grove Road, Norwich.

To book your place email Mrs Johnson at margaretkjohnsonauthor@gmail.com.

A Nightingale in Winter will be published in paperback and e-book form by Omnific Publishing on August 24 and is available to pre-order on Amazon now.

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Margaret K Johnson – women’s fiction

I’m on fellow Crooked Cat Author Ailsa Abraham’s blog today!

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Today I welcome another new writer with lovely Crooked Cat who publish me too. Coming in on the magic carpet is Margaret K Johnson… Cameron! Glasses please!

Welcome, Margaret… Now, I know you like a nice glass of chilled white wine and a bowl of olives so while Cam puts on his pinny and goes to get those, you sit here and tell me about your work. Lily will keep you company but if you don’t like dogs just ask her to go away. She’s very obliging like that.

I love dogs, so Lily’s fine. Not sure what she’ll make of the scent of my Billy though. He’s a whiffy pooch!

Oh she’s a proper “bin-hound” and anyone who’ll give her a tickle is fine by her. So, Margaret, is this your first published book?Tom Jones

It’s not, no. I’ve had lots of fiction for people learning to speak English…

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Themes for Life, Themes for Writing

Last Thursday, as part of a 5-week WriteUP Creative Writing class on the subject of story themes, I asked my students to think about the themes of various times in their lives. In order to fully explain what I meant, I carried out the exercise myself beforehand, reflecting on the themes of my own life. It was a very interesting and illuminating exercise. Now my obsession to write about various subjects makes perfect sense to me!

So, here are the themes I came up with.

1. It doesn’t pay to try to force expressions of love.
Sums up my relationship with my dad as a teenager.

2. You need to revisit the fire in order to put it out.
Revisiting the place I lived at with an ex two years after he’d thoroughly broken my heart. I wept buckets, but it was so cathartic!

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3. Your best will never seem quite good enough, but your best is all you can give.
Being a mum.

4. When the time is right, he will come.
Finding my man – my safe harbour.

5. You can’t always keep going forward – sometimes you have to stop and just be.
Learning to enjoy the moment as  new mum.

6. To get where you want to go to, sometimes you have to approach from a different direction.
Facing realities of being a writer.

7. Sometimes the simplest things give the greatest happiness.
The huge importance of nature and the natural environment to my well being.

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8. You have to be able to cope with being completely alone in order to be able to really connect with other people in a happy, healthy way.
Learning to be self-sufficient and strong as my broken heart healed.

9. You can change your life, but you always take yourself with you.
Oh, how many times have I moved! It’s been exciting, but I’ve still been me, even when I deliberately moved in an attempt to have a clean slate. Although at times a new environment and new challenges brought hidden parts of me to the fore. Quite content to stay put now though!

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Being entrepreneurial seems to be the current theme of my life.

How about you? What have been some  the themes of your life? Or what’s your current life theme? 

Secret Millionaire by Kitty Alexander

This morning I woke up  find this fabulous 5 star review for Secret Millionaire, a romance novel written by my alter ego, Kitty Alexander. I’m feeling over the moon this morning! It makes me so grateful to all the book bloggers out there – and in particular Ali from the A Woman’s Wisdom blog – for all the time they put in reading and reviewing books in order to help indie writers and to let readers know about books. What would we do without them?