Tricia McGill

In the small Tasmanian town where they grew up, Sally fell in love with Mac at first sight. She was still a child and he a teenage boy, almost but not quite a man. But a special bond of deep friendship formed between them, fuelled by their mutual love of animals -- especially horses. As each matured that special bond threatened to move beyond the limits of friendship. By the time Sally reached her 17th birthday, she was desperately in love with him, the shining hero of her girlhood. One terrible night Mac betrayed that love and Sally could not find it in her heart to forgive him until the truth was revealed years later. But by then they had both moved on with their lives, and the heartbreaks of the past seem destined to remain only tarnished memories.


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About Tricia McGill

Award winning author Tricia McGill's books cross many sub-genres but all have romance at their heart. Her books include contemporary, mainstream, futuristic, time-travel, and historical. Her short stories have appeared in the Australian Woman's Day magazine. Born in England, Tricia moved to Australia many years ago and lives in Victoria where most of her modern romance novels are set -- except Tarnished Memories, which is set in Tasmania, her second favorite state.



Tricia McGill's Back list:

Amaryllis
Oct 2001
Futuristic
Publisher: Wings ePress

Designing Heart
Oct 2002
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wings ePress

Until Eternity
Feb 2003
Time-Travel
Publisher: Wings ePress

Autumn Fire
April 03
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wings ePress

Look Into Your Heart
June 2003
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wings ePress

Shrinking Violet
May 2005
Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Wings ePress

Irresistible Challenge
July 2006
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wings ePress

A Lonely Heart
Oct 2006
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wings ePress

White Clover
April 2007
Time-Travel
Publisher: Wings ePress

My Highland Love
Sept 2007
Time-Travel
Publisher: Wings ePress

Traces of Dreams
Sept 2007
Mainstream
Publisher: Calderwood Books

Blue Haze
Sept 2008
Historical Romance
Publisher: Calderwood Books

Who Needs Tomorrow
Sept 2009
Time-Travel
Publisher: Wings ePress

Remy
Aug 2011
Historical Romance
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

 

An Interview with the Tricia McGill
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Tricia, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Tarnished Memories. Where did the idea for this emotionally-engaging story originate?

TM:Thank you once again for having me. It’s always a pleasure to talk to you at TRS. I’ve always had a great attachment to Tasmania as I have friends there and have visited many times. A couple of the incidents in my story are taken from actual events. On one of my visits years ago a murder took place there and on our car trip across what is known as the Siding, we actually almost crashed into the car driven by the fugitives, and then the power went off that night. I guess that was the beginnings of my idea. I love the Tasmanian countryside and a country vet and a girl who loved her home town but was forced to leave seemed like a good place to start.

HH: What do you like about Sally and what's her greatest strength?

TM: I was a horse mad teenager just like Sally and can remember a crush I had on a young man who rode like the devil, so can empathise with her adoration of this man who was her best friend and eventually the only man she could envision herself spending the rest of her life with. Unfortunately Sally’s adoration for Mac makes her very vulnerable.

HH: What do you like best about Mac and why will readers love him?

TM: I was a horse mad teenager just like Sally and can remember a crush I had on a young man who rode like the devil, so can empathise with her adoration of this man who was her best friend and eventually the only man she could envision herself spending the rest of her life with. Unfortunately Sally’s adoration for Mac makes her very vulnerable.

HH: How did this beautiful setting flavor your story?

TM: As explained above I have a strong affinity with Tasmania. Perhaps this stems from my early years in England. Many parts of Tasmania are similar to some parts of the land of my birth. Both Mac and Sally have a great love of their island home. I knew what agonies Sally experienced by separation from her home and the only man she would ever love.

HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

TM: I so enjoyed the bond the pair shared -- deepened by their love of horses. It was fun to bring in events that actually happened -- even if they were perhaps slightly manoeuvred to fit the story line.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

TM: I have a submission with Muse It Up Publishing (a reincarnation love story). I have a cart load of short stories that I intend to put together in an anthology somewhere along the line. I’m in the middle of a paranormal romance which hopefully will be finished by the end of the year and another contemporary I have been re-writing.

HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?

TM: I had my first e-book published in 2000. Epublishing was very new then, and received a lot of unwelcome criticism. Back then it was a struggle to gain recognition. Here in Australia you couldn’t even buy an Ebook reader; I had to ask an American friend to purchase my first one. Times have certainly changed and I’m excited to be a part of the changing scene. Every reader and writer will still love to hold a paperback in their hands but it’s wonderful to know that EBooks are so globally accepted and widely read now.

HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?

TM: I’ve had a lot of health problems over the past couple of years with a couple of big operations. Unfortunately this hampered my writing. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

HH: What are you reading at the moment?

TM: Believe it or not for the first time in years I am reading something other than romance. A friend introduced me to Terry Pratchett and I can’t stop reading his books. I love his humour and way with words. Sometimes I read a paragraph more than once to savour his magical phrasing and sense of the ridiculous.

HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?

TM: If you mean author hero -- see above. If you mean a hero I love to write about, then all my heroes have been strong, gentle and kind men, and these I guess are based on my father who was idolised by our mother and all their ten children of which I was the youngest and most spoiled.

HH: Thank you!

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