Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Day in the Life of.. Maggie Robinson!!


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Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances.
 

A Day in the Life of Maggie Robinson

A day in the life of Maggie Robinson is…pretty boring, most of the time. It’s a little more exciting in the summer, because we live on a lake and our kids and grandkids come over to hang out on the dock and deck. I love to read in the sun, but it’s November in Maine now and we’ve already had our first snowfall!


Usually, I wake up in the dark, still used to writing very early in the morning from when I had my day job. I am quasi-retired from the real world, and my writing room is the center of my universe. When I get up, I read my email, blogs, the local papers and the New York Times online, and my wonderful husband brings me breakfast. I would never survive on the Atkins diet. I’m a big muffin-coffee cake-toast person, but I live on the edge every day when my husband picks a different jam for me (that’s apricot on my English muffin). I drink British Blend tea with lemon and too much sugar.



Once I think I know what’s going on in the world, I slip into my fantasy. Right now I’m about one-fourth of the way to an HEA on the current WIP. I try to write at least 1000 words a day, but usually push myself for more. Mornings are best for me except when I’m near the end of a book—then anything goes.



By about 11 AM I realize I’m still in my nightgown and feel dreadfully slothful no matter how much I’ve written. I clean up and get dressed in yoga pants and a top if I’m not going out (although I do not do yoga), and a bathing suit in the summer. Lipstick is a must, although I skip the mascara. I’m so fortunate that my husband has taken over the cooking duties— thank God for the Food Network which has been his inspiration for the past ten years. He’ll fix me lunch or we might go out, but that of course requires real clothes and shoes and mascara.



Then I take care of promotional stuff—updating my websites, sending bookmarks, etc. to people who are newsletter subscribers, writing guest blogs, communicating with my editors and agent. By this time the mail has come, and I get lured away by InStyle and English Home and Vanity Fair. And bills. In colder weather, I curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace with another cup of tea and read. In the summer, I’m out in my perennial garden in the front of the house watering and weeding every day.



You’ll notice I have not said a word about housework. I do it when my husband is off running errands because he can’t stand the whine of the vacuum cleaner and dust makes him sneeze. If I want to keep my live-in cabana boy happy, I work around his schedule.

Supper is pick-up casual unless we’re having company. I don’t really watch TV at night, although I’m addicted to Amazon Instant Videos and rent a couple of movies a week. I’m re-watching the old Jeeves and Wooster TV series—if you want to see a silly, bungling Hugh Laurie pre-House, I highly recommend it. I then go to bed with my nook and/or my Kindle. I’m in the middle of at least a dozen books—I’ll read whatever I’m in the mood for. 



I’m so very lucky to be living my dream with my family to share it. Who would have imagined that Maggie Robinson’s Mistress by Mistake would be translated into Russian, Thai and Japanese, or that Margaret Rowe’s Any Wicked Thing would be nominated for best erotic fiction in the 2011 RT Reviewers Choice Awards? And it all happens from me sitting in a chair in my nightgown! 
To celebrate my websites’ and my own birthday, I’m giving away a box of over 25 brand-new romance novels, including some of my own.

Go to www.maggierobinson.net/contest for a chance to win!

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