Villa Sans Souci by Maryann Ring Spencer


Maryann Ring Spencer

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

My real name is Maryann Zahra, but I also go by the pen name Maryann Ring Spencer. I was born in Malta and currently reside not far from Villa Sans Souci. I was inspired to create this book by this villa, its history, and the history of our islands. In this book, I've highlighted Florence Nightingale's thoughts on feminism and the visits Florence Nightingale made to our islands. The idea that the word ‘equality' should never have been, is one in which I firmly believe!

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Villa Sans Souci, I visited this villa nearly 45 years ago (it was already in a derelict state, now it’s much more), it literally haunted me and I went on an extensive research to find out that it was the villa of a brave Maltese doctor who worked alongside Florence Nightingale, from there my novel commenced.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Very character descriptive intertwined with the ambience of that moment/scene

What authors, or books have influenced you?

Alexander Dumas

What are you working on now?

Another historical fiction novel. A true king is the protagonist, I love including Royals of yhe past.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

Facebook ads and promoting my own website

Which Websites you like most to promote your book

Various websites

Do you have any advice for new authors?

To try to get published with a well established publisher as it gives uou a good promotion

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Florence Nightingale quote “how very little can be done under the spirit of fear” so DO IT…even afraid. Just fo it afraid but do it.

What are you reading now?

A life on our Planet by David Attenborough

What’s next for you as a writer?

I would like to work on a movie script for my book Villa Sans Souci. I would love that it evolves into a movie, it will bring out the gems of our islands.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

Sailing Boat Manual (I love sailing and I carry this with me anywhere), The Bible, Hillary Clinton Hard Choices (I admire her)

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