Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.
One thing I’ve loved about doing this feature is meeting so many new authors. Today I have Maggie Christensen, author of several contemporary women’s fiction novels’. It’s a real pleasure to have Maggie taking part.
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I seem always to have had books and I remember an old bookcase with books belonging to my parents and grandparents which I rifled through. There were adventure stories and moral tales. But the titles I remember best are two lovely books by Frank Jennings – Brown Mouse and Brown and White – about a young girl who was the odd one out in her family – a bit of a Cinderella story – and the follow up about her two children. I can still picture the covers with their pink and white striped borders. They are now sadly out of print and have become collectors’ items.
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber – I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this lovely story.
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Y is for Yesterday. I love this series, the heroine Kinsey and the location which is based on Santa Barbara where my husband lived for many years and where I’ve enjoyed visiting.
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
It’s hard to choose only 5 – I read 120 books last year. But those which came readily to mind are:
Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton – sadly her last book. I have all 25 of them.
Coming Home to Island House by Erica James, one of my favourite authors.
The Summer House Party by Caro Frazer – another favourite author and this one is quite a departure from her usual style.
Away for Christmas by Jan Ruth – a lovely humourous look at the publishing world.
The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan – a book which reminded me how much I love this author and made me go back to re-read her earlier titles.
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Settlement by Anne Stormont which is due out later this year. I loved her two earlier titles
Seven Days in Summer by Marcia Willett – another of my favourite authors.
The Beach Café by Hilary Boyd – one by a favourite author that I missed reading.
The Last Train by Sue Lawrence – a new author for me. I love that it’s a historical set in Scotland.
An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope – the new book by another favourite author.
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman – a must have resource for all writers.
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
My latest, The Good Sister. It was quite a departure for me to write a historical novel with a dual timeframe and to set it in my native Scotland.
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
The Chadwick Trilogy by Marcia Willett. I love all her books and this trilogy was mu introduction to her writing. If I could choose another it would be The Gang of Four by Liz Byrski which inspired me to write about older characters.
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
I have just completed the first draft of the sequel to The Good Sister, currently titled Isobel’s Promise. It will be published later this year.
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Maggie Christensen’s Bookshelf
To see Maggie Christensen’s full bookshelf head to her Goodreads Page.
About Maggie Christensen
After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her frequent visits to family in Oregon, USA, her native Scotland or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them.
From her native Scotland, Maggie was lured by the call ‘Come and teach in the sun’ to Australia, where she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of over thirty years on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven!
She continues her love of books as a volunteer with her local library where selects and delivers books to the housebound.
A member of Queensland Writer’s Centre, RWA, ALLi, and a local critique group, Maggie enjoys meeting her readers at book signings and library talks. In 2014 she self-published Band of Gold and The Sand Dollar, Book One in the Oregon Coast Series and in 2015, The Dreamcatcher, Book Two in the Oregon Coast Series, and Broken Threads, the sequel to Band of Gold. Madeline House, Book Three in the Oregon Coast Series was published in July 2016, and Champagne for Breakfast, an offshoot from the Oregon Coast series set in Noosa, and The Good Sister, set in Scotland and featuring Bel from Broken Threads in 2017.
Maggie can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or on her website.
Maggie it has been an absolute pleasure having you here, I wish you all the success with your novels going forward.
Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into July so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.