The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette
When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn’t know she’d find a family unlike any other.
Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death … a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers.
Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything…
“To say I loved this book is an understatement. Mally is a wonderful character and she encounters so many quirky folks on her assignment. Very well written and engaging story! And an added bonus of a love triangle! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!”
Author Melissa LeGette
Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Oddly enough it was my mom who suggested the profession. I was busily penning my first novel and telling her all about it when she asked, “Melissa what do you want to do when you grow up?” (I was probably 15 at the time.) I said, “I don’t know.” (And I really didn’t.) She then said, “Why don’t you be a writer?” The question rather blew me away. It had never dawned on me that I could be a writer. But it was so obvious. I haven’t looked back since.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
That would be the total stranger who tells me how much they enjoyed my book. When I find out that a kid liked my book so much that she’s reread it, that is something truly special.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’ve always got book ideas rattling around. The book I’m currently working on is called Quest for Milo. My fingers are crossed for a publication sometime next year. I’m also really excited about one of my upcoming projects that I’ve only just started writing. It’s set in a maze. I want parts of it to be utterly terrifying. We’ll see if I pull it off.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
My answer also refers to my favorite book period. It’s Harry Potter. That series really opened my eyes when I was kid. To be honest, I didn’t really like reading. It was a chore more than anything. All that changed when I read the first Harry Potter. To this day I reread them, studying Rowling’s character development and dialogue.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes, actually. I’m very similar in temperament to Mally in The Tale of Mally Biddle. In my next novel, Quest for Milo, I see myself very vividly in both main characters. This isn’t something that I necessarily mean to do. It just sort of happens.
Indian followed by Italian followed by Mexican followed by anything fried…
How do you react to a bad review?
In the beginning, badly. It’s part of the job — you’re not going to please everybody — but negative reactions are still really hard to swallow. The good news is that I’ve gotten better at swallowing. If I’m really hurt or annoyed by a review I go on a truly spectacular tirade in the safety of my own home, surrounded by my family who happily cheer me on. This tends to help deal with my pent up emotions and move on and no one (really) gets hurt.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
You have no idea how much I would fret over this. But I’ve got a feeling that I would buy the most expensive, gourmet chocolates … and really fancy cheese … and then I’d start planning my house.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
It’s a toss up between spring and fall. I love the cooler temperatures. I’ve got a child-like fondness for summer, but it’s just a little too hot. A little too muggy.
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Writing pairs well with rain. The mood it brings fits my novels beautifully.
How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?
It just depends. Usually when I get an idea the first chapter comes very quickly and I write it almost immediately. After that it’s a slow process of rounding out the idea and coming up with characters. It’s only after I feel that I’ve got enough ‘stuff’ to work with that I seriously begin writing. My book ideas are always marinating.
If you could take over the world, would you?
Haha! No, I don’t think so. The stress would kill me.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
Writing with music hasn’t ever worked for me. I tend to keep turning it down until it’s practically mute and it still bugs me. To contradict that, I work really well when people are talking. I’m very skilled at tuning out conversation, leaving the background hum of voices. I find it soothing. Why I can’t do this with music baffles me.
How do you go about revising/editing?
I revise when I lack inspiration for new material. Let’s say I’ve written the first 10 chapters and I’ve stalled out. I don’t have a clue what chapter 11 is going to look like and I’m not in the mood to wade through the mud. Instead, I’ll reread chapters 1 through 10, revising and editing as I go. Usually by the time I’ve hit the end of chapter 10 I’ve come up with an idea for chapter 11. This doesn’t always work, but it does make the previous chapters much cleaner. After I’ve revised as much as I can, I pass the manuscript on to my test readers and then my editor.
Describe your book in 5 words.
Friendship. Bravery. Family. Choices. Secrets.
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