Welcome
to, Abbey MacMunn, our third contender for the 2017 Joan Hessayon Award. Congratulations
on being one of the contenders for this year’s award, Abbey.
How long have you been writing
– Is this your first published piece?
I didn’t start writing until five
years ago, but I’d always had story ideas and characters buzzin

g around my head.
It wasn’t until my four kids were all at school that I found myself with some
free time, so I began to write those stories down, thinking they would finally be
quiet! The opposite happened; more intriguing characters demanded their own
stories and I haven’t stopped writing since.

Yes, Touched is the first book
I had published.
How many years were you a
member of the NWS and did you submit a manuscript each year?
I was a member of the
wonderful New Writers’ Scheme for one year and submitted Touched, which was entitled
Her Hybrid Curse at the time. After I’d made the changes the reader suggested,
I started submitting the same year. I joined the NWS again the following year,
before I received an offer from Tirgearr Publishing, and was lucky enough to
send a second manuscript.
What came first, agent or
publisher?
I
don’t have an agent, so publisher first, but I might be on the lookout for one!
How did you find your
publisher?
I noticed there was a pitch
party on Twitter. For those who don’t know, a pitch party is where you can
tweet a short pitch of your novel to participating agents and publishers in the
hope of attracting their attention. I thought it might be fun to give it a go,
so I took part.
I’d done a lot of research beforehand
and had a list of specific publishers I thought might be the right fit for my
book. So, when an editor from Tirgearr Publishing (a publisher on my list) saw
my Twitter pitch and liked it, she asked me to send the manuscript. I did, and
three months later I received a publishing contract.
Do you have a contract for one
book or more?
I have just signed a second contract
with Tirgearr for an erotic romance novella, part of their City Nights series—a
sideline from my usual genre. One Night in Kuala Lumpur is due for publication
this summer.
When was your book published?
My
debut fantasy romance was published July 2016.
Tell us something about your
book  
When inquisitive antique dealer Cami Wilson learns she’s the
revered offspring of an immortal mother and a mortal father, it’s not just her
hybrid status that has her all flustered. The title comes with her very own
super-sexy guardian.
Jaded immortal Joseph Carlisle has only one
thing on his mind; his sworn duty to protect the hybrid from those who wish her
harm. Anything else would be complicated. That is until they meet. Chemistry sizzles between them but there’s a
problem—the hybrid’s curse. Cami’s touch, skin to skin, proves near fatal to
her and all immortals, Joseph included.





What are you working
on at present?
I’m working on the sequel to
Touched and the finishing the final edits on a sci fi romance – the second
manuscript I sent to the NWS.
What piece of advice would you
give current members of the NWS?
Don’t be afraid to send your
work to the NWS, no matter how much you think it’s not ready. You might feel
reassured or inspired when you get your report back, you might even cry, but
their advice and encouragement is second to none—you will learn from it and you
will become an even better writer than you already are.
Links:
 Twitter @abbeymacmunn
Thank
you, Abbey. Congratulations again on graduating the New Writers’ Scheme. I hope
you enjoy the Summer Party.

4 Comments
  1. Author
    cathy mansell 10 months ago

    Congratulations, Abbey. A lovely interview. Looking forward to
    meeting up at the RNA summer party next month.

  2. Author
    Abbey Macmunn 10 months ago

    Thank you, Cathy. See you there!

  3. Author
    April Hardy 10 months ago

    Gosh, Abbey – 4 children and you still find time to write! That's amazing! Looking forward to meeting you in person next month 🙂

  4. Author
    Abbey Macmunn 10 months ago

    Thanks, April. Looking forward to meeting you too 🙂

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