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When not writing, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice where she works mainly with victims of crime and trauma.

Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She's a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chilies and bulletproof coffee.

She started her professional life as a high school English teacher and loves writing about, and for, teens. She is the author of several books for Young Adults - Scarred, Recoil, Refuse, Rebel, Hushed and The law of Tall Girls.

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Joanne Macgregor Hey Frieda!

Obviously, I love the couples in my own books, but if we exclude those, hmmm. Romantic couples: I love Rhett Butler and Scarlet o'Hara - un…more
Hey Frieda!

Obviously, I love the couples in my own books, but if we exclude those, hmmm. Romantic couples: I love Rhett Butler and Scarlet o'Hara - unforgettable! Also, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
Family couples, I love Sam and Dean Winchester (hey, you said fictional, not in a book, right? Also, I do not ship them a romantic couple. They are brothers, people!)

For a crime-fighting duo, I love Inspector Linsay and Barbara Havers (in Elizabeth George's books) because they are such polar opposites and keep each other grounded.

My favourite wizard couple would be Harry and Hermione. Yeah, I know they didn't wind up together, but they complemented each other so well, they should have! (are you listening, Jo?)

And I know it's not considered cool to like Twilight, but Bella and Edward, man, Bella and Edward.

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Joanne Macgregor Hi Leia, thanks for asking! I get ideas from anywhere and everywhere:

My adult psychological thriller, Dark Whispers, was sparked by a newspaper artic…more
Hi Leia, thanks for asking! I get ideas from anywhere and everywhere:

My adult psychological thriller, Dark Whispers, was sparked by a newspaper article about a psychopathic doctor and I wondered what I would do if one of my clients in my psychological practice reported, in hypnosis, a traumatic experience at the hands of a doctor.

The title and idea for the Law of Tall Girls came about when I saw a short girl with a very tall boyfriend, and I joked to my own daughter that when I was made Queen of the World, I'd pass The Law of Tall Girls forbidding that. (I'm a tall girl, myself, lol.)

In 2012, I was lying wide awake in the middle of the night in a B&B in England, when a vision of a scarred girl standing in front of a class of teens, and being sneered at by a cute boy fell into my head. I knew she thought he found her ugly, but that wasn't the real reason for his attitude. That was the beginning of one of my YA contemporary romances, Scarred.

Hushed was born when I revisited my favorite childhood fairy tale - The Little Mermaid - and realized this was actually a story about how young women too often give up their "voices" and identity when they fall in love, in a self-sacrificing attempt to win approval from men. I challenged myself to retell the story in a modern, realistic (non-fantasy) story.

The Recoil Trilogy was born from a combination of sources: seeing a TV documentary on professional army snipers and being gobsmacked at how little bothered they seemed about killing people, and wondering what it would be like to be an expert markswoman who truly did not want to hurt or kill; combined with a horror at the then spreading Ebola epidemic; plus concern about political developments in the world which constrain personal freedoms under the guise of providing "security".

So, really, anything can serve as inspiration for story or character. For me, ideas are the fun and easy part - it's writing (and finishing!) the book that's the hard part!

Hope that answers your question :)

Always keep reading,

Joanne Macgrgegor
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“Luke doesn't see the scar on my face; perphaps he never did. He saw the scars on the inside. We were equally damaged, me and him.”
Joanne Macgregor, Scarred

“When you forgive, it doesn’t mean you condone or approve. It means you put down the resentment and bitterness you’ve been holding onto. It means you let go of the hope that the past can be different.”
Joanne Macgregor, Scarred

“I don’t feel much of anything except a dull, heavy pain through the core of me. I wish mom was here to give me a hug.”
Joanne Macgregor, Scarred

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