Marie started writing stories at the age of nine.She tells PnPAuthors Promotions that she has always been a writer.She remembers telling all of her relatives, “I’m
going to be an author!”
Later, she used
the words ‘author’, ‘novelist’ or ‘writer’ interchangeably, and she eventually
stuck with ‘writer’.Whether you publish
or not, you’re always a writer.As soon
as you write something, you’re a writer.
official story she finished was a mystery called “The Mystery of the Golden
Chair”. She was a child so yeah, it wasn’t
great she says, but at least it was unique and set in Italy, if she remembers correctly.
Since then, she has written tons of stories.She took Creative Writing classes, trying to
cultivate her craft, andmajored in English
Literature/Creative Writing in college.She says she had people ask her, “Why are you majoring in Creative Writing?Just write.”She says no one really understood that those classes weren’t just to
improve her writing, but because she enjoyed the community, associating with other
writers in the same situation and getting feedback.When she was there, she published two stories in
a university publication.But, she always
knew she wanted to write books.
writing Upon Your Return, a
historical romance, around 2002, three years before she graduated from
college.She was in a bit of a toxic
relationship at that point and you could say writing it was her therapy.Upon
Your Return took years to write, and looking back, she says she kind of sees it as a
summary of her romantic experiences in life.
In 2010, she decided to self-publish a book.It was called Express Café and Other Ramblings, a book full of literary fiction
and poems she’d written through the years.She let some time pass after that, but then she realized her story was
nowhere near finished.She released many
more books after that, some literary fiction, some poetry, some contemporary
romance, some mysteries and some romantic suspense.
In 2011, she started looking for an agent for Upon Your Return.It was finally finished and it was ready for
the world.She wasn’t prepared for all of
the rejections, the numerous “this is a subjective business” responses she
received.Somehow I found the gumption to keep moving
In August of 2012, a new
chapter in her life began.Solstice
Publishing offered her a contract for that book and she has been with them ever since.Upon
Your Return was published in February of 2013.Since then, she has published two more books
through them, Magick & Moonlight,
a paranormal romance, and Upon Your Honor,
the sequel to Upon Your Return.
The one thing she hadn't mentioned yet, which was very
important to her ~She sincerely believe
her journey would have been different if she hadn’t met her fiancé and soul mate,
Chris, in 2004.He has been so
supportive of her writing.As he is a
creative individual as well, they have a lot in common. She thinks that if she hadn’t had him in her life
to gently nudge her, or encourage her when she needed it, it would have gone in a
different direction.She said she wasn't saying she
wouldn’t have published; just that it might have taken longer.She is convinced when a person is pursuing their dreams, they need
moral support either through friends or family or, if you’re lucky, a
significant other.She feels so very
fortunate that she found a partner she can share her life with, someone who will
support her as much as she will support him.
Note from author: I also believe that having that special love in your
life shapes your stories as well.I
write romance so it really helps to have a source of inspiration at times.Romance isn’t just fiction; it can happen in
real life, and when it does, it is wonderful.And I know that no matter what direction my dreams go, I will always
have that encouragement behind me.That
isn’t something to take for granted.I
believe that you shouldn’t let anyone downplay your dreams.
So, where was I?Oh, yes, I have published nineteen books under various pen names and you
can find them all listed on my website.It has been a long journey, but it has been very rewarding as well.
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