Interview with Marianne in 2017 from Meeting Lydia audiobook (Spoiler Alert: for people who haven’t read either The Alone Alternative or The Man in the Needlecord Jacket)  

Interview with Marianne in 2017

Welcome Marianne and a huge thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

Tell us a little about yourself. And what you are doing right now?

I’m a retired teacher of psychology and am currently an independent author with one novel published – Lydia – and another WIP. I have one daughter, Holly, and I live in the West Country with Edward, my second husband.

What are your deepest fears about your relationship?

That one of us will be seriously ill before we have had time to enjoy fully our life together.

What do you believe your main purpose is? And how far will you go to achieve it?

I want to make a difference. I expect most people feel that way. As a teacher, you have a chance to do that via others. Since I retired, I’m trying to spread a message of environmental sustainability. I also like to think that people who read my novel will finish it knowing things or understanding things that they didn’t know before. And I hope it may help them to deal with any long-term effects of school bullying.

Could you describe your husband in three words?

Clever, dedicated, kind.

Have you done anything unforgivable to someone else? Was it out of love or revenge? Tell us about it.

I’m slow to forgive. I was slow to forgive my first husband Johnny when I thought he was having an affair with a colleague. Had I known that he would die so relatively young, I would have tried to patch things up sooner. I regret the time wasted on doubt and the rows we had.

What has been your favourite memory in your life so far?

After my husband died, I never thought I would find true happiness again with anyone else. I had lost touch with Edward and didn’t know his own circumstances had changed too. When he found me again, I was at first so frightened of being hurt that I kept pushing him away. But when I decided to let him back into my life and we met again outside Beckenham Junction station, my heart woke up from its sleep and I remember in that instant feeling like a teenager all over again. That night when I went to bed – alone, I hasten to add – I wept with joy for being allowed to experience romantic love again.

If you could have one wish right now what would it be and how would it help your current situation?

I wish for time to enjoy my second chance of love unencumbered by a hovering ex-wife. I wouldn’t wish anything bad to happen to her. It’s not that we don’t get on. But she’s always there in the background and I think she’s lonely. Edward feels obligated to help her. I don’t doubt him, but it makes me less secure.

Thank you, Marianne, for taking part in this interview. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.

Author Bio

Linda MacDonald is the author of four independently published novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. They are all contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham, Kent.

Meeting Lydia – Audiobook – Blurb

Marianne Hayward is having a midlife wobble. When she finds her charming husband has befriended the glamorous Charmaine, she is seized by jealousy. Her once-happy marriage begins to slide.

Insecurities resurface from when she was bullied at a boys’ prep school. Only one boy was never horrible to her, the clever and enigmatic Edward Harvey; her first crush.

Daughter Holly persuades her to join Friends Reunited where she searches for Edward convinced he may be the answer to all her problems. But she is unprepared for the power of email relationships.

Narrated by the talented voice actress Harriet Carmichael, Meeting Lydia is a book about childhood bullying, midlife crises, obsession and jealousy and will appeal to anyone interested in relationship dynamics.


‘…Has immense depth and touches the soul…’

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Twitter: @LindaMac1



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