Monday, January 3, 2011

Things You Don't Know About Margaret Maron -- and Her Closest Indie

Margaret Maron

SinC: Is there anything you'd never leave home without?
MM: My Visa card.

SinC: What do you wish you had more time for?
MM: Piano lessons.

SinC: Is there anyone from the past you would like to talk to for just 15 minutes?
MM: My mother. There are two things I forgot to ask her that no one else knows.

SinC: If the F.B.I. had to give you a new identity, what name would you choose?
MM: Her Royal Highness, the Queen of Sweden.

SinC: Favorite food?
MM: BLT made the way my mother made them.

SinC: Favorite drink?
MM: Bourbon and Pepsi.

SinC: Favorite dessert?
MM: Warm pecan pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

SinC: If you weren't a published author, what would you be?
MM: District Court Judge.

SinC: If you could be one of your characters, who would it be and why?
MM: Deborah Knott (see above).

SinC: What independent bookstore is closest to the place you spend a good portion of your time?
MM: Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, NC.

SinC: What can you tell us about the store?
MM: Owned by Nancy Olson, who was PW's Bookseller of the Year 3 or 4 years ago. First opened in the 80s. It's a general book store with strong holding in childrens' books, mysteries and classical music.

SinC: Where can we find Quail Ridge Books and Music online?

SinC: What's your most recent indie purchase?
MM: Susan Boyle's Christmas CD, Complete Works of Mahler and a New York City guide book.

SinC: Are there any holiday customs particularly unique to your area or your family?
MM: Probably nothing too different from other families. We usually host a big dinner party the week before C'mas for some close friends where we sing carols, perform "party pieces" (solos, skits, recitations, etc.). Usually burn a huge bonfire sometime between C'mas and New Year's.

Margaret Maron is the award-winning author of 26 novels and two collections of short stories. Christmas Mourning, her latest release, is the 16th book in the mystery series featuring district court judge Deborah Knott of "Colleton County," NC.


Mary Kay Andrews said...

Margaret forgot to tell you that she's a cutthroat Scrabble player, and that Quail Ridge Books is the ultimate destination for authors and book-lovers.

Nancy Pickard said...

Cutthroat with a smile, of course.
Quail Ridge is wonderful.

Margaret Maron said...

Moi? Nancy was the one who told me QAT was a legal Scrabble word and Mary Kay's a whiz at Taboo.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Oh,games! I'm in! (Except I don't play Scrabble with my husband--he's too good. You guys wanna take him on?)

We had a wild New Years Eve playing Charades--yes, we're quite the outrageous ones.

HOwever, sadly, my team could not guess the book I was trying to act out: The (sounds like) Kill-be-bad.


Margaret Maron said...

Someone ought to bring a Scrabble board to Malice. Hank, I'm stumped on your title. What was it?

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Okay, more hints. I finally did--

big picture:
a long time ago

I tried to be a blind person writing

I did shooting a bow and arrow, and lots of people fighting a war

Then everyone was laughing so hard that no one was guessing anymore..

Susan Dunlap said...

The Queen of Sweden! Has all your snow seduced you?

Margaret Maron said...

Okay, the Illiad! Too classical, Hank!

Sue, have you ever heard a single word of scandal about the Swedish royal family?

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Oh, Margaret..I do wish you would have been on my team....

Dru said...

Margaret is your recent purchase of the NYC guide book in preparation of the next Deborah Knott book?

Margaret Maron said...

Dru, it is! Three-Day Town will publish in August and the guide was for some last-minute fact checking.

Rosemary Harris said...

AND, Margaret Maron is a wonderful hostess. The amazing Molly Weston brought a gang of us - inc. Donna Andrews, Elaine Viets Alex Sokoloff and Meredith Cole - to Margaret's for shrimp and grits last summer and we had a grand time.

Uh, I'm a cutthroat Scrabble player, too. This could make Malice even more fun. Anyone know if the new hotel has the same nice open lobby space as the old one did?

Hank, The brainer. We would have kicked butt.

Margaret Maron said...

Rosemary, you're going to have to come back next time you're in the Raleigh area and we'll go head to head!

Rosemary Harris said...

It's a deal!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Charades at Malice? Anyone??