Book: Kissing Maggie Silver by Sheila Claydoncategories: Book, Romantic Fiction, Family Life, Children, Babies, Travel, Women's Fiction, Southern Ireland, New Zealand, Contemporary Romance
Sheila Claydonabout this book: I am frequently asked what triggers an idea for a book. There is no definitive answer. It can be something I've read, or heard, or seen…maybe a snippet of news, an overheard conversation, a picture, even a memory. In the case of Kissing Maggie Silver it was a photograph.
I was idly flicking through a Sunday supplement magazine when I found myself staring at a pretty young model with long red hair and stunning silver-gray eyes. By the end of the day I had cut the picture out of the magazine and tucked it into my 'writing' file because I knew she was going to lead me into a story. Why her, when there are so many pictures of pretty models? It was something in her expression; a wistful longing that hinted at a hidden sorrow.
Within a few days she had become Maggie Silver in my mind, and once I knew her then the rest of her family followed. Of course I still had to find Ruairi, her hero, and to do that I trawled back in my memory to a nature reserve I visited in New Zealand a few years ago. It gave me the important background link I needed. After that it didn't take long for the whole story to gel. And one of the most important elements was the fact that Maggie had always been in love with Ruairi.
I believe it is entirely possible for a young child to fall in love and for that love to grow into adult life. Unusual yes, but entirely possible – and that was the premise behind the story of Kissing Maggie Silver.
The cover is very deliberate too. It shows Maggie on a beach in New Zealand, somewhere that she doesn't actually visit until the final page of the book. Basically it is a picture of Maggie's future rather than how she was throughout the book. It shows her moving forward, into the sunlight, with a wide horizon in front of her. It shows the wonderful life she has ahead of her…or at least the life I have envisaged for her. If you read the book then I hope you will agree.
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