Interview with Margay Leah Justice, author of ‘The Scent of Humanity’

Margay Leah JusticeDescended from the same bloodline that spawned the likes of James Russell, Amy and Robert Lowell, Margay Leah Justice was fated to be a writer herself from a young age. But even before she knew that there was a name for what she was doing, she knew one thing: She had a deep and unconditional love for the written word. A love that would challenge her in times of need, abandon her in times of distress, and rediscover her in times of hope. Through her writing, Margay has learned to cope with every curve ball life has thrown her, including the challenges of single parenting, the harsh realities of living in a shelter, coping with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and the roller coaster ride of dealing with a child who suffers from bipolar disorder. But along the way she has rediscovered the amazing power of words.

Margay currently lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, two cats, and a myriad of characters who vie for her attention and demand that their own stories be told. In her spare time, she is an avid knitter, knitting her way through a stash of yarn that almost rivals her tbr pile!

Her latest book is the romantic suspense/women’s fiction, The Scent of Humanity.

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About the Book:

Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. In theory. But in one small town, in one family, that theory is put to the test.

The Scent of Humanity 2Growing up in a rural town in Massachusetts was supposed to be safe, but for SILVIE CHILDS, that safety was shattered by a kidnapping attempt that forever changed her life. Now, nearly twenty years later, that sense of safety is challenged again by the kidnapping attempt on her young niece, and Silvie is left struggling with one question: How can something like this happen twice in one family?

It is a dilemma shared by NICK FAHEY, the detective assigned to the case. Arriving on the scene of the abduction attempt, Nick expects to run a routine investigation. Until he meets the victim, the niece of a woman he once considered a dear friend. Unfortunately, these days Silvie Childs can barely stand the sight of him.

Once there was a time when Silvie Childs worshipped Nick Fahey, believing he could do no wrong. Until the accident that nearly killed her brother; the accident that Nick reportedly caused. Coming on the heels of her own near abduction, the accident skewed Silvie’s ability to trust men – especially Nick. But now, with the attempt on her niece’s safety, Silvie finds herself in the untenable position of having to trust Nick to bring the kidnapper to justice.

That trust is severely tested when, after only two months, the case is closed for lack of new evidence. Feeling betrayed by the system in which she works as a paralegal and by Nick, Silvie takes matters into her own hands. Contacting local news stations to generate interest in the case, allowing herself to be filmed hanging sketches of the suspect on telephone poles, she will risk her own safety to protect that of her niece. When her efforts re-open the wounds of her past, she is once again forced to put her trust in the one man who still has the power to hurt her – Nick

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What made you decide to become a published author?

It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was young. I’ve always written – I never went anywhere without a notebook – so the desire to publish just naturally grew out of that.

What do you believe a writer should not do as far as getting his or her book published?

Never bash another’s book while trying to sell your own. In fact, try to avoid comparisons. You want to set your book apart from the rest, not let it become one of the same.

What inspires you?

Everything! News stories about soldiers surprising their families, new life coming into the world – sunsets. Just so many things.

You’re concocting a recipe for a best selling book. What’s the first ingredient?

An intriguing plot.

Did any real life experiences find their way into your book?

Yes, the core of the book about the attempted kidnappings is based on my own experiences. Though the details have been changed and the rest of the book is fiction, the part about me and my niece nearly being kidnapped in the same town (my hometown) several years apart is true. It’s what inspired me to write this book.

Aside from writing, what’s your passion?

Well, reading, of course, but also knitting. I am a mad knitter – love to create new things and give them as gifts to friends and family.

What’s next for you?

I am currently working on a new adult series about two people who will forever be linked by one event (her father was murdered – and his pulled the trigger) and what happens to them when they meet up again nine years later.


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