The Writer’s Life

Please welcome guest author Maggie Nash to the Cafe.

MaggieNashClipToday I’m talking about a bad habit I’ve always had, but since I’ve been writing, it’s getting worse all the time. It’s shameful I know, but I can’t help myself.

They say that the first step is to admit it, so here goes —

I’m an eavesdropper.

There. I said it.

I am one of those terrible people who watches people and listens in on conversations. I know it’s wrong.  I know it’s invading the privacy of others, but that doesn’t seem to matter to me. I do it anyway :-)  Bad me.

Occasionally I can’t hear what they are saying, so I make up stories about what they might be saying. It’s amazing how exciting the life of perfect strangers can be!

Other times I listen in while I’m walking down the street. Sometimes I can hear people inside their homes talking to each other, and other times they are talking as they walk. I hear conversations about things as mundane as what they had for dinner last night, or as deep as the answer to World Peace. Of course it’s a lot more fun when I hear people teasing each other, or having fun!

My absolute favourite place to listen in is on the train. No one makes eye contact on a train these days so little ole me can sit quietly, pretend that I’m not there, and glean any number of conversations and file them away for future use.

My mother would be so disappointed in me. She tried to drum into me from an early age that it is rude to listen in to what others are saying, but can I remember what she taught me? No Mam.

So why do I do it? I have a really good reason, and you might even forgive me when you hear it :-) My mum might even understand.


Okay, back to the reason I do it.

Research. Pure and simple.

That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!  I file away stories, conversations, characters, situations, names — you name it, I steal it! But it’s all in a good cause. They find their way into my stories eventually.

It’s not all bad :-), and I’m certainly not giving it up just yet!

So next time you talk to a friend in public, remember — you never know who’s listening. It could be me!

What bad habits do you have? Go on — you know you want to share!

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A team-building exercise at a remote location reignites the heat between former lovers Madeleine Smith and Nicholas Garabaldi. When team members start dying they must learn to trust again before they can outwit whoever is killing off the group one by one. Is this the ‘Executioner’ from the indigenous Dreamtime legend of the local Bibulmun tribe? Or is it someone closer to home?


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Once upon a time a young girl ran out of books to read. Not wanting to be bored she thought to herself – “I can write one myself” So she did! Maggie’s stories range from dark erotic thrillers, to fantasy tales of bondage, to action adventure, romantic suspense and paranormal.


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