• Margaret Amatt

Character Interview #3

Updated: Apr 17

The heroine in A Spring Retreat is Beth McGregor. Beth inherited the family farm when her father died and has worked every day since to make it a success. She’s feisty and tough but her life doesn’t leave much time for romance. And anyway, she’s like one of the guys.

As part of the writing process, I like to flesh out my characters with quirky details and background to make them feel real. This sometimes includes a character interview. Here’s the third interview in the series.

These are the answers I imagined Beth giving at the start of the novel. I’ve edited it a little to remove spoilers!

Beth was an amazing character to write and I’m not in the least surprised that Murray fell for her!

An interview with Beth McGregor from A Spring Retreat by Margaret Amatt

Do you have a nickname?

I certainly hope not!

Where and when were you born?

On the Isle of Mull

Who are/were your parents?

My dad, Malcolm, was a farmer until he died seven years ago. My mum, Gillian, rents out farm cottages as self-catering homes for visitors to the island.

Do you have any siblings?

A younger sister, Kirsten

Where do you live now, and with whom?

I still live at home in the farmhouse with my mum.

What is your occupation?


On what occasions do you lie?

If people are too nosey. I like to keep my private business private.

Do you have any physical traits that stand out?

I’m 6’1” which is pretty tall a woman so I usually stand out in a group.

How would you describe your childhood?

Lots of fun days spent outside.

Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities?

From my dad and through trial and error.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An engineer.

When did you have your first kiss, and who with?

I told you, that kind of thing is none of your business!

Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend?

My friends are Frank, Will, Calum and some of the other guys. Frank is my best pal. He left the island years ago to travel and now he lives with his boyfriend, Enzo.

What do you look for in a potential lover?

Like when do I get time for stuff like that?

What is your favourite food?


What is the quality you most like in a man?

Seriously? I am not answering that!

What is your greatest strength?

I don’t back down!

I hope you enjoyed that little peek into Beth’s character. If you want to discover if she changes her mind on any of these points, be sure to check out A Spring Retreat.

A spring retreat is a fabulous novel which takes you into the lambing season on Mull and the incredible Beth who is a shepherdess with fire in her belly and secrets in her heart. She's a headstrong farmer in a predominantly man's world and has to prove herself to her community and family. (Amazon reviewer)

More character interviews from the Scottish Island Escapes series to follow soon!

Beth & Murray's pictures created by Margaret Amatt using Artbreeder.com

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