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Maura Clegg
An interview I conducted with Maura Clegg, author of Mohican Lake, which was published by PublishAmerica.

Mohican Lake
Maura Clegg

  •  Can you give us a basic summary of Mohican Lake?

When Madigan O'Malley receives a certified letter from an unknown lawfirm she is convinced it can't contain anything but bad news; curiosity got the better of her though and she finds out that she is the sole beneficiary of the will of a Great-Aunt she never knew existed.   Madigan explores Mohican Lake after inheriting the Master Mohican Resort and finds the small town is a lot more than she bargained for.  Along the way Madigan finds a mysterious person is writing her some threatening notes, blowing up her belongings and trying to undermine her new hotel.  Along with her attorney Taylor Goodman she delves deep into the mystery finding out a lot about herself along the way.

Most of all, along the way Madigan learns to let a shooting star be her guide.

  • How long did it take you to write from start to finish?

Once I started writing in earnest it probably took me a bit more than 7 months to write the manuscript

  • Did you do any research while writing? If so, what kind?

No research, it all came straight out of my head

  • Are there any authors or books who inspired you as a writer?

Janet Evanovich, Linda Barnes, Sue Grafton

  • Do you keep a strict writing schedule?

When I was writing Mohican Lake I set at least 1,000 words per day

  • Who is your target audience?

Really anyone who likes a mystery with some fun thrown in.

  • What are some of your favorite books?

The Stephanie Plum series, anything by James Patterson, The Harry Potter books

  • What would you like your readers to know about you?

I am a stay at home mom and foster mom, working toward the NY Times Best sellers list, just need to be "discovered" first.  I love to read and shop and I am probably just as sarcastic as my main character.

  • What are you working on now?

Trying to work on the second in the Mohican Lake series, but it's hard with a 1-year-old running around

  • Any tips for aspiring writers?

Never think that your writing is not good enough, if it is your passion then it is your gift.  Share it with the world.  Always set time aside for writing in a quiet place where you can think and let your characters tell you what they want to do next.  Sometimes, as in my case, they write the story themselves if you let them.

For more information, please see Maura's website at  

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