Saga Saturday! Please welcome fabulous saga author, Mary Wood *GIVEAWAY*


The most asked question of me as an author is ‘where do you get your inspiration from?’ And it is the most difficult one to answer, because a lot of the time, I don’t know and end up talking about people who don’t exist popping into my head and demanding of me to write their story. And go on to say that I feel these people have lived in the past and are coming through me, helping me write down what they went through as if it is happening now.

Oh, dear, no wonder they say that artists are hairy-fairy and live in a fantasy land – what I have just written is something that would have had me burnt at the stake a few hundred years ago, but in this enlightened age is looked upon as me being a penny short of a shilling – or is that, one pee short of five pee, now?

But, at the risk of being thought of in this way, I have to hold my hand up and say that this is how it is for me. And yet, I don’t mean that I am some kind of medium, just that I so connect with my characters that they come alive in my head. I love some of them and hate some of them, which are two of the strongest emotions any person can feel and I actually get under their skin and become them through good times and bad – crying buckets of tears when they are hurt or mistreated and laughing when they are funny, and grieving with them and for them – I feel their pain and their joy.

My mission is to get them out of horrible situations, as I would strive to get myself out of the same predicaments. You see, resolution of their problems and bringing them to happiness is the only way they will rest – and let me rest . . . Eek, is that a van outside?
* They’re coming to take me away haha!!!Music notation

Before they do, I just have time to thank you so much for hosting me on your lovely blog, Rachel and thank you too, to all who visit and take the time to leave a comment.

Born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1945, the thirteenth child of fifteen children, Mary's family settled in Leicestershire after the war ended. 

Mary married young and now, after 54 years of happy marriage, four children, 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, Mary and her husband live in Blackpool during the summer and Spain during the winter - a place that Mary calls, 'her writing retreat'. 

After many jobs from cleaning to catering, all chosen to fit in with bringing up her family, and boost the family money-pot, Mary ended her 9 - 5 working days as a Probation Service Officer, a job that showed her another side to life, and which influences her writing, bringing a realism and grittiness to her novels 

Mary first put pen to paper, in 1989, but it wasn't until 2010 that she finally found some success by self-publishing on kindle. 

Being spotted by an editor at Pan Macmillan in 2013, finally saw Mary reach her publishing dream.

Now, she continues to write for Pan Macmillan, but also writes for Sphere using her pseudonym Maggie Mason.

When not writing, Mary enjoys family time, cooking, reading, eating out, travelling and gardening.

All who leave a comment will be entered in a draw to win a signed copy of their choice – please note there may be a wait if you choose a future publication.

Small print: Competition – the draw and the distribution of the prize is entirely the responsibility of Mary Wood.

Mary Wood also writes under the name of Maggie Mason. All books currently in publication are available from WH Smiths, Waterstones, and when first released and for about two months after all Major Supermarkets. They can also be bought through all online outlets, in ebook and audio and all libraries. If you would like to know more about my books go to:

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  1. Just started reading and have read 1 book.
    Just love her book

  2. You made me laugh again Mary! I would love to read The Abandoned Daughter. x

  3. They coming to take you away haha our mary but I've definitely got your books under my skin every single one of them heres to a lovely blog from rachel love you both x

  4. loved this explanation of your stories, characters and their journeys - makes total sense to me!! Love you lots Mary x

  5. Would love the chance to read these book sounds really interesting fingers crossed x

  6. Nothing wrong with living in a fantasy world and having an amazing imagination, all makes for better reading. I love your humour Mary.

  7. Absolutely love to read your books and your adventures do make me laugh 😁

  8. Thank you for the chance to read these books xxx

  9. A lovely blog and the feelings you have for your characters are what makes them so real to us Mary. We share your tears too when reading your wonderful books.

  10. Mary it’s lovely to read this and you are blessed with something that brings joy to many xx

  11. A lovely blog loved every one I have read so far PLEASE keep them coming Mary xxxx
    Margaret Craw

  12. Brilliant blog, loved reading it! Xx

  13. I loved, loved, loved this review and blog brilliant xx

  14. Lovely post! Would love to feature a Mary Wood!

  15. If they do take you away I hope they provide you with pen and paper so we can continue to enjoy your fantastic books!!

  16. Wow!! I have been away in Ibiza for a week and come back to all these lovely comments - thank you so much for stopping by everyone. I'll be sure to highlight your posts to Mary xo

  17. Mary has been in touch and she is having trouble posting - she sends her sincerest apologies and thanks to all of you. I have no idea why she is having problems and it's so frustrating! Her randomly selected winner is Janice Campbell!! Please email me at and I'll pass your details onto Mary. Congrats! xo