Give a short bio about yourself.
Marilyn: I live in a suburb of Chicago with my husband
Richard and our 9 year old Calico cat, Chloe. I’ve been writing
for over 3 decades. Hundreds of my stories and articles have been
published in national magazines. These include all the Dorchester
romance magazines and Woman’s World, Lotto World and several
others. My 5 erotic print novels were published by 3 different publishers
twenty years ago. Song of Surrender and Stolen Desire
were produced as audio cassette romances. I taught writing at 2
local colleges and the YMCA and enjoyed being a writing instructor
for a correspondence course. I’ve worked as an editor, advertising
copywriter, newspaper columnist and staff writer for a tabloid magazine.
I’m a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in
Crime as well as several online writing groups.
Carol: Tell us about your motivation to write.
Marilyn: Even as a child, I loved to tell stories to my
friends. The transition to writing stories seemed inevitable. I
think I was born to be a writer. I love creating characters and
taking them on exciting fictional journeys. Although I try to write
every day, the unexpected sometimes interrupts my daily date with
the computer. I’ve learned to go with the flow.
Carol: Explain your journey to publication. What was your
reaction and how has it changed your life?
Marilyn: I sold my first story for $50 to an occult magazine.
It was a romantic ghost story. That was the beginning. I was ecstatic!
Being published validated my writing and proved I had talent. From
there, I began selling to confession magazines. Over the years,
I’ve sold to every confession magazine published. Writing
has given me a wonderful outlet for my creativity and imagination.
Knowing people share and enjoy the tales my imagination spins is
Carol: Describe your current book.
Marilyn: Deadly Desire is a tale of love and
suspense. When Leah is terrorized, she suspects everyone…including
the man she loves. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger or foreshadowing
to keep the reader riveted.
Carol: List your other books, and describe them.
Marilyn: Meant to Be, just released through Amira Press,
is an anthology of romantic stories of Love Lost and Found.
My stories Echoes of Love and Menu for Love are
featured. My story Evil Lives Next Door is scheduled for
publication in October True Romance.
Carol: Who is your one favorite author?
Marilyn: I have too many too list, but I love anything
by Mary Higgins Clark.
Carol: What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Marilyn: Have faith in yourself and don’t give up.
This is a great time to be a writer with so many e-publishers eager
for submissions. Opportunities abound as never before.
Carol: What is your genre of writing?
Marilyn: Romantic suspense.
Carol: Where do you want to take your writing in the future?
Marilyn: I hope to write a series of Deadly titles romantic
suspense novels. My current work in progress is Deadly Deception,
a full –length novel that will be available in both print
and e-book format.
Carol: What are your favorite writing websites if any?
Marilyn: I subscribe to several. They’re all helpful.
Carol: Do you like writing short stories, novels, poems
or novella? Which is your favorite and why?
Marilyn: I enjoy writing all of the above. I’m now
concentrating on novels.
Carol: Are you in any book clubs?
Marilyn: No. I read independently.
Carol: What is your opinion of your current publisher and
would you recommend them to others?
Marilyn: Amira Press is great to work with. They are supportive
and keep their promises. Yes, I highly recommend Amira Press to
Carol: Would you self-publish and why or why not?
Marilyn: I may. It’s always an option but so far,
it hasn’t been necessary. My work has been accepted by publishers.
Carol: What do you think of the black writers today?
Marilyn: Happily, black writers have many new venues to
showcase their talent. Readers enjoy multicultural and interracial
stories. Deadly Desire is an interracial novella and Deadly
Deception is an IR novel.
Carol: What family member, if any, supports your writing?
Marilyn: My husband and children are among my biggest
fans. My sister has supported me from the very beginning.
Carol: Have you done any book signings? If so, what was
Marilyn: No. Not yet.
Carol: What are your marketing tools for your books?
Marilyn: My blogs, online writing groups and chats help
promote my work.
Carol: Give us your website and email address where we
can purchase and check out your work.
Marilyn: My new website is www.marilynparrish.net My others
sites are http://www.myspace.com/purrings
Carol: Did you attend writing classes, and if so, what
is your opinion on writing seminars, degrees, and workshops?
Marilyn: Yes, I’ve attended Creative Writing classes
(and taught them) and found them helpful. I’ve also attended
online classes. They’re great because you can have the lessons
emailed and proceed at your own pace.
Carol: How did you get into an anthology and how was the
Marilyn: I was asked to contribute to Meant to Be.
I submitted two stories on speculation to I Confess #5
and was delighted when my stories were accepted.
Carol: What is your favorite voice to write in and why?
Marilyn: I enjoy first person the most but in novels,
Carol: Do you want to write full-time or is this just
a hobby for you?
Marilyn: I do not write full time, although I write on
a daily basis. I write a few hours each day. I’m serious about
my writing; it’s not my main source of income.
Carol: In reviews of your books/short stories, etc., is
the feedback positive or negative?
Marilyn: I’ve had two reviews of Deadly Desire and
both were positive.
Carol: Do you have an editor?
Marilyn: Yes. Yvette Lynn of Amira Press. She’s
Carol: Of all your books/short stories, what is your favorite
Marilyn: My favorite novella is The Sound of Evil,
published in True Story. It’s an eerie tale of love and black
magic. I had an agent at the time who said my story was “too
far out”. When it was accepted with a glowing note from the
editor, my agent admitted she was wrong and was almost as happy
as I was.
Carol: Where can your books/short stories be purchased?
Marilyn: My stories can be purchased through http://www.amirapress.com/
as well as other websites. Just type in Deadly Desire on
your search engine and discount purchase sites will appear. Shortened
links are listed with my book covers.
Carol: What is the message you want to send out with your
Marilyn: Love conquers all.
Carol: Is non-fiction and historical something you want
to write in the future?
Marilyn: No. I prefer contemporary fiction, although I’ve
had about one hundred articles published in magazines.
Carol: What kinds of books do you like to read?
Marilyn: Romance, mystery, suspense, romantic suspense,
Gothic, paranormal and inspirational romance.
Carol: What is your full-time job?
Marilyn: I’m retired so my time is my own now.
Carol: If God gave you three wishes what would they be
Marilyn: First, I’d love to have the gift of healing.
Second, I’d wish good health and prosperity to those I love.
My third personal wish is to write at least one best seller.
Carol: Tell us about your upcoming books and events.
Marilyn: Deadly Desire and Meant to Be
are my current publications. I have shorter works out to market.
I have no scheduled online chats right now but I promote on various
romance book websites. Look for I Confess 5 by Carol Ann
Culbert Johnson, at www.carolannjohnson.net
scheduled for release in 2008. I hope to complete my current novel
in progress, Deadly Deception, by the end of this year.
My best wishes and heartfelt appreciation to all readers. May your
lives be filled with love, laughter and happy endings.
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