Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?
I love to read mysteries. I especially like mysteries which incorporate romance into the story. I always say life is both mysterious and romantic and a good read should have both.
I think it’s the mystery itself. I like puzzles. Mysteries engage my mind and get those gray cells working. There’s nothing like being kept on the edge of your chair as you try to beat the author to solving the crime.
What research is required?
I had to research police procedure along with the politics of police departments. Luckily, I have a friend who is a retired cop and he answered many questions for me.
Name one thing you learned from your protagonist.
I learned it’s okay to mess up, as long as you fix and make amends immediately.
Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
When I’m writing dialog, I walk around the house talking like my character. I do that to make sure the lines and content sound convincing.
Plotter or pantser?
Actually a little bit of both. When I get an idea for a story, I immediately write down all my thoughts. Basically an outline and then I write out two or three chapters to the story for when I get back to it. This way I have a feel for the mood and the pace I had in mind.
Look to your right – what’s sitting there?
A cup of coffee, a water bottle, a computer mouse and let’s not forget the dozen roses my husband gave me for our 33rd wedding anniversary on Saturday.
Anything new coming up from you? What?
In January 2013 the second book in my Jake Carrington series will be released. It’s called Burn in Hell.
Do you have a question for our readers?
I love to hear from readers. As a reader what do you look for in a mystery?
About the author: Marian born and raised in Brooklyn, New York is the seventh child of ten. At the age of sixteen her family moved from New York to New England. As a typical teenager, she felt her life was ruined and took to journalizing her feeling and this new life. The journal helped her realize how easily she had adapted to the change. Although, she did miss her cherished friends terribly; she's thankful, they are still friends today. The four of them refer to each other as the cradle to the grave friends.
Unbeknown to her parents, at the age of five she started reading the New York Daily News story about the murdered nurses in Chicago and the investigation. Marian followed the story every day as authorities rushed to solve the brutal crime. It had caught her attention and her imagination. To this day she stills checks her closet before going to sleep. Marian thinks it was on that day the mystery lover was created.
At the age of eight she wrote every day, whether it be a poem, a short story or in her journal. An eighth grade assignment got her published. Though she failed the assignment, the nun was impressed with her poem. It was supposed to be a four line poem, but she couldn't still her pen. The Beach her first official published work is still her favorite though much longer than four lines. It was the nun who submitted the poem for her to the local paper. Thus, the writer was born.
Marian's first book If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery will be released on September 7, 2012; and will be followed up in January 2013 with the second book in the series, Burn in Hell, A Jake Carrington Mystery. Each book's a mystery with romantic elements, because to quote Marian, "Life is both mysterious and romantic."
Marian resides in New England with her husband.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/DnmqRl-J0co
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