January 23


Author Interview Margaret Lashley

By Jane

January 23, 2021

Guest Author Interview

Every few weeks I post a guest author interview on my blog where we get a little peek into an author's life! This week we're chatting with Margaret Lashley, author of the Val Fremden Series and Freaky Florida Mystery Adventures. Have a question for Margaret? Don't be afraid to leave a comment!


Margaret Lashley

As an aficionado of the absurd, I live for weirdness. As a semi-reformed redneck, I love to laugh. As a middle-aged woman, hey—I get it. That’s why I love writing stories that bring all of those things to bear with unexpected hilarity. (Needless to say, my home state of Florida provides endless inspiration.)

 If, like me, you’ve ever had to start over from scratch (or dream about it), you’ll find a best friend and hero in Val of my Val Fremden series, and in Bobbie Drex, of Freaky Florida Mystery Adventures. Like me, they're both full of flaws, but always find a way to work around them with spunk, heart, and a lot of laughs along the way. That's the secret to enjoying life, isn't it?

1. How long does it take you to write a full novel? AND...what's a typical writing day look like for you?

It usually takes me about four months to go from story concept to completion of a 65-75,000 word novel. I can't say I have a typical writing day. I never know when inspiration will hit!

2. Beside's writing, what are you most passionate about?

Since travel is off the docket for now, I would say health. I practice Paleo eating, and enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. 

3. If you could travel to any location to write a novel, where would you go and why?

Italy. I've been there before, and it's the most amazing, beautiful place on Earth. I write a little about my experience in my prequel novel, Absolute Zero. There's nothing like Italy for food, fun, and falling in love!

4. What's the latest show you binge watched?

The Queen's Gambit. What an amazing story!

5. Tell us something most people don't know about you!

I don't own a TV. (I do watch stuff on Prime, though. ;))

A word from Margaret!

I often get asked where I get my oddball ideas sometimes. I can only say that I was born and raised in Florida, so weird = normal to me. 

Freaky Florida Mystery Adventures

Come along for the ride as Bobbie Drex, a burned-out mall cop, begins a new career with a handsome, nutty conspiracy chaser named Nick Grayson. Together they scour the backwoods of Florida, investigating people and events so crazy, they're redefining "paranormal" in the Sunshine State. It's pure, escapist fun at its best! 

Thank you, Margaret, for joining us today and sharing a little bit of your writing process and a behind the scenes peek at your personal life 🙂 don't forget you can connect with Margaret anytime, her deets are below.

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