Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Take a Journey with Author: Monica Marlowe

"It's all about the journey."

Win a copy of Finding Felicity and meet
one of our
featured Book Boost authors,
Monica Marlowe.

I recently chatted with Monica and here's what she had to say...

TBB: Tell us a little about yourself, Monica.

MM: I was born in Toronto but I’m not really a hockey fan! In my twenties, I moved to Los Angeles and loved escaping frigid Canadian winters! Now, I make my home in North Carolina but find myself wishing I could spend more time on the West Coast.

TBB: Oh, my. I'm in the southeast as well. We don't know anything about real winter here. Can you give us a little background about when and why did you began writing?

MM: I’ve wanted to write ever since I was a girl. I remember seeing a newspaper article about an author with all her book covers framed hanging on the wall behind her. That, I decided, was for me! It took a long time before I believed that it could happen, so I didn’t actually start writing until I was in my thirties. Better late than never!

TBB: Yes, I'm in the process of creating a new "writer's cave" for myself right now. Having a place to showcase your accomplishments is something every writer should do. What are you working on right now?

MM: Right now, I’m finishing a memoir. It’s the story of acquiring my first horse “as a woman of a certain age” and all the surprises in that first year of horse ownership.

TBB: Oh, I love horses! That sounds like a great story. Be sure to keep us posted on how that comes out and please come back and promote it here at the blog. Do you have any advice for other writers?

MM: Believe in yourself. Write the book that’s in your heart. Trust that your work will be received. Write every day. Eat healthy food. Have at least one guilty pleasure.

TBB: I'm right on board with you on the "write every day". I'm in the middle of a 4k-a-day challenge on my own blog. So far. So good. And in regards to the guilty pleasures, what do you like to do when you're not writing?

MM: Nothing is better than a morning spent at the barn with my horse.

TBB: Awe. Now the tough question, if you had to describe this book using ONLY ONE word, what would it be?

MM: Journey.

TBB: Interesting. Give me a quote (from yourself/by yourself) about being a writer.

MM: "Writing well is like cooking well, both require the right mix of ingredients to create something that both nourishes and satisfies."

TBB: Nicely said. Thanks for being with us today. Before you go, please share a blurb about your book. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! A little birdie told me that today was your day.


When Madeline O’Connor learns that her estranged sister is gravely ill, she leaves behind her life in Manhattan to be at her sister’s side in Italy. There, she discovers an ancient Benedictine monastery that accommodates travelers, and she decides to stay there, among the monks.

Everything in her life turns upside down when she falls for Brother Anthony Lamberti, a soft-spoken Italian completely different from the men she knows in New York. Together Madeline and Anthony find love for the first time, and learn that life and love always find a way. Loving Anthony creates a new life for Madeline. A new life she would never have imagined and yet is perfect for her in every way.

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Leatherdykeuk said...

Happy birthday!

Kayelle Allen said...

Canada, eh? =^_^= Welcome, and happy birthday. I loved your quote. True words! Thanks for sharing this site on Romance Lives Forever. I was glad to find it.

Na said...

Hi Monica!
It's great to see a Canadian-born author. I love hockey =) I like that "Finding Felicity" takes place in Italy. Sounds like a journey alright.

Debby said...

Happy birthday. Great post! I enjoyed reading it. I met a lot of Canadians this summer. I really want to spend more time there debby236 at gmail dot com

P.L. Parker said...

Great post and the book sounds wonderful. I like the "memoirs" idea!

sashagirl said...
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sashagirl said...

Nice guest blog, Monica! Oh, I've always wanted a horse...but since I could never afford one (or had a place for one) I sometimes put them in my novels or draw them. (Oh, don't put me in the contest, though, as I already have a copy of Finding Felicity!) Fellow DB/EP author, Kathryn Meyer Griffith