Margot Johnson tells us about Love Takes Flight and Love Leads the Way
Welcome to Canadian romance writer, Margot Johnson!
Margot Johnson grew up in a family of writers and has always loved books and writing.
She is the author of LOVE TAKES FLIGHT and her new release LOVE LEADS THE WAY. Before turning her focus to the fun writing life, Margot held leadership roles in human resources and communications. Her motto is "Dream big and work hard."
When not writing, she loves to connect with family and friends, volunteer with SK Writers Guild, and walk at least 10,000 steps a day (except when it's minus 40!) She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with her amazing husband and beloved golden retriever.
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Tell us about your life outside of writing.
Normally, my husband and I spend lots of time with family and friends. We love to travel, and the UK is next on our wish list. I was invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, but it was cancelled due to Covid. I’m still hoping to attend another year. Closer to home, I’m in a monthly book club and a romance writers’ group.
Do you have a work in progress?
I have two novels drafted that are ready for final polishing, and I just wrote a fun story for The Wild Rose Press Cookies Series that will be published next Christmas. Ideas are always percolating in the back of my mind.
What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
I can’t think of one that stands out. Some days everything flows, and other days feel bumpy. I had to learn to add details involving all the senses to bring every page to life. Sometimes I have to pause and really think about how a scene sounds or smells.
What sort of research do you do for your work?
My books are contemporary romance, so a lot of my ideas come from my imagination and the world around me. In my first book, Love Takes Flight, the hero is a military jet pilot. I know nothing about flying but worked with a pilot who shared his expertise and reviewed sections for accuracy. Sometimes, I draw from life experiences. For example, my heroine in Love Leads the Way works in Human Resources like I did for many years. Her mother has dementia, and I reflected on my dad’s experience with Alzheimer’s.
Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author who inspires you?
I enjoy women’s fiction like The Rosey Project and mystery/thrillers like A Nearly Normal Family. I loved Girl with a Pearl Earring. My book club often gets me to stretch and read books I might not pick up otherwise (American Dirt, Indian Horse).
New York Times Bestselling author Mary Balogh is part of our local romance writers’ group. She is an inspiring role model and always shows interest and support to writers at all levels.
Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
My dad, Ian Bickle, was a journalist and editor, and he encouraged me to write from an early age. He passed away thirteen years ago, but I think of him often when I write and hope he knows I follow in his footstep. My sister Donna Gartshore writes for Harlequin Love Inspired, and she is always there to cheer me on and talk about writing.
LOVE LEADS THE WAY
She coaches him in team leadership, but do they both need lessons in love?
Single mom Tessa Shore runs a successful leadership program at work and supports a mother with dementia. She can handle any challenge in her jam-packed schedule as long as nothing spins out of control…especially her feelings.
Engineer Mark Delaney is an expert on pipelines at the same company, but his interpersonal skills need a makeover. Advancing to an executive job requires enrollment in a leadership course he doesn't think he needs.
When their professional and personal issues entangle, life at the office gets a lot more complicated. Romance is impossible…or is it?
LOVE TAKES FLIGHT
After the devastating loss of her husband, Erin Humphrey is rebuilding her life. She runs the Canine Corner dog kennel in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Then a prairie blizzard strikes just as Erin's family arrives for the weekend, followed by a handsome but difficult client, Drew Dixon. A daring jet pilot, Drew is a magnet for Erin's young son Noah, upsetting Erin who is terrified of flying. Drew is at a crossroads because of a career-threatening mistake.
Despite an icy start, the couple warm to each other, sparking an undeniable attraction. But will their secret fears keep Erin and Drew's love from soaring?
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