I’d like to introduce my special guest this week M.M. Bennetts.
- When did you first start writing?
- What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?
- What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in?
Probably, the late 18th century and early 19th century is my comfort zone.
I’d been performing their music–Beethoven, Field, Mozart, Haydn for years. Those guys, they always just ‘made sense’ to me. It wasn’t any work to learn their music. Then, when I was living one of the outlying farms of a big house just outside St. Andrews, I fell in love with the architecture of the period. The big house was one of Robert Adam’s early designs. And I loved it, just loved it. Everything about it–the landscaped park, the long drive up to the house, the interior, my small tied-workers’ cottage. So I started–on the side–reading everything I could about Georgian architecture and visiting the places mentioned in my research. I’d done the history as part of my degree work, but this is when I really started going in deep. I doubt I’ve ever really emerged.
- What do you enjoy most in the writing process? What parts of it do you really dislike?
- If you write in multiple genres how do you make the switch from one to the other? Do you find it a welcome change, crazy-making or a little of both?
- Historical fiction takes a lot of research. What is the most memorable or interesting thing you’ve learned along the way?
- How do you get your ideas? Where do you look for ideas?
- Tell us a little about your current project.
- What’s up next for you?