This story won an un-published manuscript award through The Romance Writers of Australia (RWA)
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Read an excerpt from A Rose in No-Man's Land
About Margaret Tanner
Margaret Tanner is a multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically accurate. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or cemetery too overgrown. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.
As part of her research she has visited the World War 1 battlefields in France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.
She won the 2007 and 2009 Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. A Rose In-No-Man’s Land won an un-published manuscript award. Her novel Frontier Wife won the Best Historical Romance Novel at the 2010 Readers Favorite Award, and another novel, Wild Oats was a 2011 Finalist in the EPIC awards.
In 2012, an unpublished manuscript was short listed in English publisher, ChocLit’s, Find an Australian Star, competition.
Margaret is married with three grown up sons, and two gorgeous little granddaughters. Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion.
Also by Margaret Tanner:
Publisher: Books We Love
Holly And The Millionaire
A Mortal Sin
Make Love Not War
We Never Said I love You (Novella)
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
An Interview with Margaret Tanner
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Margaret, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is A Rose in No-Man’s Land. Where did you get the idea for this emotionally-engaging story?
MT: I have always been interested in World War I, and I have visited the battlefields in France and Belgium. We visited a museum over there and I saw a wax figure dressed in an army nurses uniform. I already knew that the soldiers in the trenches called the battlefield nurses who treated their wounds, the roses of no-man’s land. So, that tiny flicker of an idea grew into something much larger, and I just had to write a novel about one of the “roses.”
HH: What do you like best about Amy and why will readers be cheering for her?
MT: I like her bravery and compassion. Hopefully readers will be drawn to her because of this. She is resourceful, loyal and not afraid to speak her mind, but she also has a charming vulnerability.
HH: What do you like best about Mark and why will readers love him?
MT: Ah Mark. He is the dark, tortured hero who needs to be saved by the love of a beautiful woman. He is a brave soldier, but a wretched childhood and a disastrous marriage have left him emotionally scarred.
HH: Did the story come from the setting or did the setting provide the story?
MT: I think the setting provided the story.
HH: What sort of research did you do for this work?
MT: I visited the World War I battlefields and museums, but I have always had a great interest in this traumatic and tragic time in our history. I have researched the era thoroughly, through books at the library, access to a diary from a relative who served in the Great War as they called it. I remember tales my father told me about his uncles who had served in the war and it somehow got to me. I wanted to tell their stories, give them the credit they so richly deserved. The casualties were horrific and some small towns in Australia became ghost towns because all the young men had been killed.
HH: What do you like best about their relationship?
MT: I like the fact that they were such complete opposites. Amy petite and blonde, Mark tall and dark. He was upper class English, she was working class Australian. Her life was virtually an open book, but his was filled with dark secrets.
HH: What do you have in store for lucky readers?
MT: More books, of course.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
MT: Being in charge. The captain of the ship with a crew (the characters) being controlled only by me. It is empowering.
HH: What keeps you writing each day?
MT: I enjoy creating people, designing lives for them and torturing them a little to add drama to the story. I think writing is an obsession, I know it is with me. When I was young I used to write pitiful sad little ditties, then I graduated to short stories and finally novels.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
MT: My website: http://www.margarettanner.com
HH: Thank you!