It’s a loooooong time since I worked with Maggie Ritchie. But it seems the gift of writing that saw her name adorn what was then the best selling daily newspaper in Scotland has never left her.
Instead, amid a flurry of work, she set about completing a Creative Writing MLitt at Glasgow University, winning the Curtis Brown Prize to boot.
What followed has been Paris Kiss, long listed in the Mslexia Novel Competition and runner-up for the Sceptre Prize. Her debut novel, a journey for her as an author and writer, a joy for her family and friends.
Dozens of them, of us, turned out for the official launch last week at Waterstone’s in Glasgow, repairing to nearby Sloan’s Bar where among others, her husband Mike who has helped secure some amazing PR coverage to help with publicity, was clearly bursting with pride.
Jenny Brown Associates who represent Maggie describe the book as being a story of English sculptor Jessie Lipscomb and a passionate friendship with Camille Claudel, the 19-year-old protégée of lover Auguste Rodin during the 1880s.
It was a storyline she says was born of her honeymoon with Mike in Paris when she became enchanted by The Kiss at the Musée Rodin, prompting her to look into its genesis from Rodin’s background, and finally delivering her very own work of art through words.
She is already working on her second novel. You can order Paris Kiss on Kindle or paperback at Amazon.