Friday, November 25, 2016

Interview With Marji Laine

With a number of authors of suspense, mystery, and thrillers on the list of "suspense sisters," we can usually find one of them with a book about to release. In this case, I'm pleased to host author Marji Laine

Q. Marji, it looks to me as though you constantly perform a juggling act—family, writing, teaching, your involvement in the publishing industry, and goodness knows what else. Want to let us in on the secret of how you do it?

A. I make a lot of lists. SERIOUSLY! I have a weekly schedule (meals included) posted on the fridge that is a duplicate of the more extensive one on my internet calendar. I also have a task pad dry erase board next to the calendar to list details that would otherwise fall between the cracks. The highpoints of both the calendar and the to-dos are also on a sticky note on my computer desk top. I highlight the “must get dones” for every day. I know … I’m a little over-the-top about planning. I’m even giddy over the aspect of getting a new desk calendar. All those empty boxes just waiting to be filled. I think I’ll get a set of colored pens to use on it!

Q. I honestly didn’t realize there was a business in scrapbooking, but apparently you were quite successful at it. What made you go from that to your involvement in writing?

A. Scrapbooking became the “new quilting bee” in the 90’s and through most of the first decade. I love working with my hands, and with 4 kids all needing graduation books for their receptions, it was an easy choice of jobs. I did enjoy it, especially all of the folks I got to meet. But when my mom asked me what I would do if time and money were no issue, I said, “Write.” I surprised myself, but I didn’t surprise Mom. She knew I’d always loved to create stories. A month later, I actually pushed through and completed my first novel. From then on, I knew the path I needed to pursue and jumped into writing with all of my energy.

Q. You’ve been the Suspense Sister who deals with reviews and “what’s new” in the genre for some time now. Doesn’t that take a lot of your time? Why do you do it? And how?

A. I have learned so much from reviewing and critiquing other books. What better way to see what works in romantic suspense than to analyze and go deep into what I loved about the last book I read? It does take a lot of time, but I tend to listen to books when I’m driving. (And with teenagers, I’m driving a LOT!)

Q. Your latest novel, Counter Point, released October 30. Can you tell us a bit about it?

A. It’s my latest and also my first full novel, almost five years in the making. I had a weird dream one night with a pretty gruesome scene in it. I realized that my dream-self had come upon the crime scene where a hit man had been murdered. Well, the plot just ballooned after that, though the scene itself didn’t actually make it into the book.
My main character, Cat, is in the midst of life-changing lost. The final straw is the news that her former boyfriend, now a missionary, has gone missing. Not only is the man, Ray, on the run from revengeful drug lord, he learns that the cartel leader intends to kill the people he cares about the most, the first being Cat.

Q. And what message would you like to give the readers of this blog?

A. The folks that frequent the Suspense Sisters’ site have always been so gracious and supportive to all of the authors who visit. I would give a big thank you, first. I’d also encourage readers to give the authors they love a special gift. A positive review. It’s the nicest five minutes you can give an author if you’ve enjoyed his or her book.
And thanks to you, Doc Mabry, for hosting me and supporting my journey! Blessings on yours!


Marji will provide a copy of Counter Point to a person whose comment is randomly selected from those left here. Please don't forget to include your email address with your comment so we can contact the winner. And remember, books are a great Christmas gift.

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28 comments:

  1. Good morning Marji, you are certainly a very busy person. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and I especially liked the reminder that books make great Christmas gifts. When I was growing up a book was the best present I could get!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good luck, Connie! Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!

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  2. Hi Marji. You are a new author to me and your book sounds great. I agree it would make a perfect Christmas gift...especially for me. :) I just tweeted this and recommended it on google+. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

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  3. Wow, Marji, I really wish I had your energy! I love the sound of your book and am putting it on my to-buy list.

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  4. This sounds interesting. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres to read. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  5. Five years in the making? Tt makes me feel better about my own books.

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful book, Marji. Congratulations on its release, even if this is after the fact. Thanks for the giveaway - I would love to read this one!
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Beverly Duell-MooreNovember 25, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Sounds like a great book to read! Looking forward to it! I love to scrapbook! My daughter and I have some friends that get together with us to scrap!

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    1. I used to love my retreats, Beverly. Scrapbookers just "get" each other, you know?

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  8. Isn't it amazing how we ladies juggle so much! I never thought I'd give up my wall calendar for my iPhone calendar but my husband coordinates all our activities together on our phones.
    Your book sounds intriguing and the kind I enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway!
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I know. I'm thinking of adding a hat stand to my office just to display my various "titles." LOL!

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  9. So glad to get to know more about Marji! Counter Point is waiting on my Kindle. However, when I clicked on the book cover to the right, it took me to Abducted page on Amazon. :-)

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, Pat! I'll pass that information along!

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  10. My family has banned me from books. They tell me I have too many books. I normally ask for books and pjs for Christmas. Your book will be on my TBR pile.

    Sonnetta_jones(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Yea! Happy to make it there, and I hope you love it, Sonnetta!

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  11. Great interview! Your book sounds very intriguing, would love to win a copy! I used to be a huge scrapbooker, but now I just do it occasionally. My main hobby involves papercrafting....when I have the time.
    debsbunch777(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I fell in love with digital scrapbooking. Can't go back to the tedious cutting and pasting now. I'm spoiled! :)

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  13. Loved the interview. I enjoy learning more about the authors whose books I read.
    betsylu2@msn.com

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  14. Thanks to all of you who entered. The randomly selected winner is Stella Potts. Marji will be in touch with you about your book. Thanks, Marji, for the interview, and best wishes with future books.

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  15. You had me cracking up with your list. You are serious about those lists.

    Congrats on your first full novel.
    Sonnetta_jones(at)hotmail(dot)com

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