Today we welcome Marilyn Weimer.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Marilyn Weimer: I paint and teach watercolors once a month at Hobby Lobby. I discovered colored pencil drawing two years ago and love the medium. Gardening flowers and herbs is a fun pastime.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Marilyn Weimer: My fourth book Flint’s Thunder, sequel to MariKay’s Rainbow, and Rawnie’s Mirage, will soon be released. Sydney’s Medallion was released this spring.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Marilyn Weimer: I am attempting to discipline my writing to only short stories instead of seventy-five word count fiction. Michaelmas Asters, a romance mystery set in Elba Island, Italy, I finished with exactly 750 word count. But I have so much more to say that I may continue. The mystery involves a stolen coin embossed of a rare fifth century image of Roman Empress Theodosius, past courtesan and wife of Emperor Justinian who reformed Roman judicial laws that are currently enforced in Europe.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Marilyn Weimer: Sydney’s Medallion took at least twenty years to finish. I belonged to several critique groups when I was a very nervous novice. The horrible comments, for unnecessary reasons other than for desperate authors’ own gratification, cut deeply. I could not finish what I’d started.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Marilyn Weimer: Research is my passion. I love Google! Also reference books. I find far more information than I will ever need. While writing Rawnie’s Mirage, I found so much information that I created a slide show about gypsies, or Romany people. Where they got started and what famous people are Romany descent fascinate me.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Marilyn Weimer: I enjoy reading Dorothea Benton Frank, (Sullivan Island, NC series); Susan Wittig Albert, (Cottage tales of Beatrix Potter) and Sonja Massie Far and Away. These are a few of my favorite contemporary authors. George Eliot’s Silas Marner is my preferred classic.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Marilyn Weimer: My cousin, Sharon Elmore Forth, supported and encouraged me via email daily for two years. We read and shared Sara Ban Breathnach’s inspirational books until I finished my first book. While writing a voice kept asking, ‘Why am I doing this?’
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Marilyn Weimer: My strength as an author comes from years of experience, struggles, mistakes and stubbornness. The enjoyment of research keeps me going and going.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Marilyn Weimer: Once I have a valid idea of a story, I write four to five hours in the afternoons. Sometimes more or less. I balance painting with writing so I do not have a strict routine. Depending on the creative inspirations, Idea Du Jour, motivates me to do one or the other.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Marilyn Weimer: In five years I hope to design a basic niche watercolor instruction book to encourage beginners to ignore their fears and jump into watercolors.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Marilyn Weimer: The same advice belongs to beginning authors. My cousin, Sharon whom I mentioned earlier, gave me a magnet that reads: “NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP,” Winston Churchill’s quote. His quote kept me motivated to finish my first book and further. Never listen to anyone who says or indicates in any way that you cannot write.
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