The newest passionate, thrilling erotic novel from the author of Haven of Obedience
Grace has won the man of her dreams—and her fantasies. Brooding, sensual, wealthy, and handsome, their days and nights are filled with pleasure. But can this enigmatic man truly love her? Together they have set up a secret, exclusive hotel for adventurous couples, designed to open their guests’ eyes to the darker, deeper side of desire. But one of the visitors has an agenda, and David is becoming distracted by a new arrival. As they explore the delights on offer, Grace realizes this is a test: if she fails, she will lose David to his next passing fancy. If she succeeds, she will secure his love for ever, and he will finally invite her into his world.
Please tell us about your novel.
My novel – HOTEL OF SEDUCTION -is an erotic romance that continues the story of Grace and David, who were first introduced to readers in THE DINING CLUB. It can be read as a stand-alone, but the character development won’t be of as much interest if it is.
How did you research your novel, if applicable?
I did a lot of research on the high end boutique hotels in London, and spent a lot of time researching the right clothes for the various themed suites at the hotel. The Victorian Suite took the most work, but it’s a lovely period for clothes and furnishings so it was also very enjoyable.
Where can readers find you online?
I have a website www.margaretbingley.co.uk which lists all of my books right from my first published novel, and am on Facebook and Twitter as Marina Anderson.
When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?
Funnily enough my go to cure is to go to bed. Usually when I wake up the next morning my brain has sorted the problem out for me. I wake up and think ‘I know. I need to….’ Obviously my subconscious mind doesn’t sleep!
Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?
My real life hero sadly died two years ago. He was my first serious boyfriend. I was fifteen and he was several years older than me. He taught me a tremendous amount about tolerance, the importance of being true to myself and the many different kinds of love that exist in the world. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone, and we kept in touch by letter until the week before he died. I owe him so much, and he always believed in me and was happy for me when I had a success. I miss him terribly.
Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?
My favorite literary hero is Mr. Rochester in JANE EYRE. A strong man caught up in a terrible moral dilemma who struggles to show his feelings, but actually feels things very deeply. I like complex men. My favorite literary heroine is Scarlett O’Hara from ‘Gone With The Wind’. I love it when, having gambled all and lost she can still say ‘tomorrow is another day’. Yes, she’s selfish, but she’s very real and refuses to feel sorry for herself.
Are you character or plot driven? Why?
I’m definitely character driven, because sometimes when I’m writing I’m not sure at the start of the day what is going to happen but I sit down and start typing and the characters do it for me. I always have a flexible plot outline at the start of a novel, but if my characters force me to change that I do, because I can’t ever change my characters. They are firmly in my mind and in my notepad before I begin writing.
How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?
It’s definitely a help. It makes it far easier to reach people all over the world, which is great.
What are the first five titles on your kindle?
I don’t have a kindle. I like a ‘real’ book that I can hold in my hand. One day I’ll no doubt get a kindle, but not yet.
Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?
That’s the great thing about being a writer, you can never tell. Tastes change, certain genres go out of fashion and new ones come in. Within the next five years I’d like to do a paranormal erotic romance, and have that themed and drafted, but it will depend on what my readers want. Of course I also want to write the book I mentioned earlier and if the erotic romance genre continues to be popular I’ll be writing that. As I said, you never can tell! I think I may make a physical move from Lincolnshire back to the South-East of England within that time, but I’m not certain. It’s a possibility though. I would quite like to return to my roots.
How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?
I have no idea how many books I own. Well over a hundred. My bookshelves are packed to overflowing and contain a very unusual mixture, ranging from the collected works of Shakespeare to Simon Shaw’s ‘Dead for a Ducat’. I also have one very upmarket cookery book. I’ve never used it but it looks nice!
If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?
For me traditionally has worked best so far, but if I were starting out now and couldn’t find a publisher but believed in my book then I’d publish independently. I like the support of a publisher and an agent, however I have reissued BETRAYAL as an e-book independently, and I’m very happy about that.
What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?
I don’t think I know enough about it to be able to comment on that, except perhaps to warn them that for every brilliant success story you hear there are a lot of people who have ended up badly out of pocket and/or very disappointed. I’m not the best person to ask though.
What do you find inspiring?
Courage in the face of really great adversity. I don’t think I have that sort of courage.
Do you have a favorite charity?
Our National Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?
Find a cure for cancer.
The first time I wrote a story
The first time I wrote a story important enough for me to remember was when I was around 12 years of age. Our English teacher told us all to write an essay, one that had also been set as a national competition. We were to imagine that we were being left a set of very old, valuable but very dull technical books by an important elderly male relative, and then write him a nice thank you letter which would actually put him off giving them to us. I wrote a long letter thanking him profusely and saying how I would be keeping them under my bed, once I’d got rid of all the old boxes, torn up sheets of paper and old shoes that I kept there, plus my discarded first tennis racquet along with my pet mouse that liked to sleep there in its cardboard box. I added that I didn’t put a lid on the box as the mouse liked to come out and play at night, but was very well behaved. I can’t remember any other embellishments, but I won the internal competition for our year with it. However, my writing was so atrocious that my English teacher told me ‘regrettably it’s so badly written I didn’t feel I could enter it nationally, and there was no time for you to re-write it.’ That taught me a valuable lesson about my appalling writing, but I was thrilled to win, and very surprised because it had seemed so obvious to me, mainly because the mess under my bed really was atrocious and drove my poor mother mad.
|Marina Anderson aka Margaret Bingley was born and brought up in Surrey. She won a scholarship to Sutton High School for Girls GPDST where she won the school English prize.
After leaving she did a crash course at Rickard’s Lodge Secretarial College in Wimbledon, before going to work at the BBC in London. She later went to work for The Heinemann Group of Publishers at Lower Kingswood in Surrey, which gave her the opportunity to read countless novels from their backlist library. It was there that she met her future husband, Alan.
In 1974, Margaret and Alan moved to Lincolnshire, due to Alan’s work commitments, and she still lives there today. In 1976 their son Alex was born.
By the time he was 18 months old she’d decided to try and write a novel herself and eventually, after many trials and tribulations, her first book THE DEVIL’S CHILD was published. Much of the book was based on her experiences in the early days of motherhood.
She continued writing steadily from 1983 onwards, and in February 2000 she also started writing a weekly column of 400 words for the local paper, The Grantham Journal, entitled ‘The Way I See It’. She stopped writing the column in July 2005 due to her husband’s ill health.
Apart from her work, Margaret enjoys reading, opera, dry white wine and gardening. Her favourite television programmes are Foyle’s War, Silent Witness and The Americans. She does not like reality TV shows, ‘alternative’ comedians or Political Correctness.