Aline Templeton is a busy woman. Born in a small fishing village not far from St Andrews, she now lives in Edinburgh, and with grandchildren in Kent, she never misses the opportunity to travel south – and that’s as well as being CWA Booksellers’ Champion, and at various times a Justice of the Peace, Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, and a member of the Scottish Parliament Cross-party group for Media and Culture before it folded.
Lynne: You’ve led a very full life – and still you have time to produce a new book just about every year! Do you have a routine – writing time which is closely guarded? Or does it just have to be fitted in around everything else.
Lynne: Degrees, residential workshops and correspondence courses abound nowadays. How do you feel about this plethora of ’learning to write’ opportunities? Are writers born, or can they be taught how to do it?
Lynne: Series fiction has great appeal for readers, but I can’t help thinking it can present a challenge to the author. How do you go about keeping a series fresh and making each one different, especially a series like Marjory Fleming, which is based in a relatively small area?
Aline: I wrote six standalones before I began the Big Marge series and I was really scared about writing a series at first. It had always been the plot that dictated the place before, and I had backgrounds as diverse as Derbyshire, Wales and the home counties. But the thing about Galloway is that it has astonishingly rich and varied scenery, a real undiscovered gem. There are hills and lochs, fishing villages, rural hamlets, market towns, historic sites, forests – and still more that I haven’t used yet! With Kelso Strang, I can go where I like, and that’s fun too.