Marion Chesney (M.C.Beaton)

Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton)

Marion Chesney (M.C. Beaton)

Marion Chesney is known primarily for the more than 100 historical romance novels she has published under her own name and under several pseudonyms: Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward. But with the creation of Constable Hamish Macbeth in 1985 followed by amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin in 1992, she shifted from romances to writing the mystery novels that she is best known for writing under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton.


She lives with husband Harry at a cottage in the Cotswolds and writes in a small office on the top floor. Her writing routine is very simple but incredibly productive –

I crawl out of bed at nine o’clock – well maybe ten –  and write for two hours fortified by a cup of black coffee and cigarettes. You crank up the film in your head, and write what you see there. As an ex reporter I write very quickly. My office is a mess. I write on a small computer desk next to the window. There are books everywhere. My keyboard is covered in ash. In fact the whole room looks like it’s recently been burgled. I plan to give up writing when I die.

9 responses to “Marion Chesney (M.C.Beaton)

  1. I agree. Afterwards could be a problem in any case! All the best Susan.

  2. Simple, but effective. I like it.

  3. Ooh, I love Agathe Raisin. She’s so annoying!

  4. Have you seen the television series of Agatha Raisin ?
    She’s certainly annoying in that but but very enjoyable. 😊

  5. I suspect a character like Marion will carry creatively on in the next world. Note of interest..The female here in Canada is mostly Marian and the male is Marion as in John Wayne’s original name Marion Robert Morrison.

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