Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Northeastern Oklahoma and was raised in a small rural community near the Capitol of the Cherokee Nation. I have loved reading since I was a kid and started writing in high school. I have written a few books for my local community, including local histories and genealogies as well as a couple of romance books no longer in print. Mineral Creek is my first book in ten years after taking a break in writing to have a family. My husband and myself have 6 children ranging in age from 18 years old to a set of twins that are only 4 months old.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Mineral Creek and was inspired by a picture I saw in a weird Oklahoma book. In this book there was a headstone that read ‘murdered by human wolves’ on it. My imagination just soared. It was a story I had in my head for a few years and needed to be told. It is a complete work of fiction, the only fact is the headstone in the book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have to listen to old tv shows like I Love Lucy and the Beverly Hillbillies when I’m writing. If it’s quiet in the house I can’t write a thing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love historical romance books, so my favorite authors are Hannah Howell and Lynsey Sands, but I also love Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on a children’s book series featuring my twins , Alex and Amelia. I’m currently waiting on the illustrations to come back for the first book and I already have the second half written.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I haven’t found the best one yet but right now I just use Facebook.com and my website www.authormarsha.com
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t get discouraged if your book doesn’t start selling right away. It takes persistence and marketing to get your book out there but it can be done.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up. I didn’t think I would ever finish my first book but when I typed that last sentence and hit save it was the best feeling in the world.
What are you reading now?
I’m focusing on writing right now so there is no time to read at the moment but I’m always on the lookout for a new book to put in my collection.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a couple of stories started and I want to get those finished and hopefully start a few more.
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?
Any book from Hannah Howell’s Murray Series
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