Please answer these three questions.
Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Marsha R. West I live in Fort Worth, TX and I write “Romance, Suspense, and Second Chances. Experienced Required.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I was an elementary school principal when my mother’s health declined. I hadn’t read anything but education related books in over 20 years. I found comfort and relief reading romantic suspense books with their happily ever after endings. I read so many I said to a friend, “I think I could write one of these except I don’t know what to write.” The friend said, “Oh sure you do. Write about the school embezzlement scandal.” And so I did. I didn’t understand I was beginning a career and life change. When I retire a couple of years after that, I attended my first RWA conference that happened to meet in Dallas, and I took that as a sign. I’ve been writing ever since. You can find my blog and my newsletter sign in on my website. I love doing presentations for book clubs and various groups.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
My current WIP is book 4 of The Second Chances Series. I had hoped to release it this fall, but it may be early in 2019.
What/who do you like to read, and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I read what I write—romantic suspense and of course I have some favorite authors, but I’m also always looking for new ones. Here’s a short list of favorites: Kathryn Jane, Jerrie Alexander, Barbara Freethy, Melinda Leigh, Terry Odell, Mariann Lanouette, Melissa Sinclair, Kendra Elliot, and of course, Kay Hooper
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
Write the next book. You can take courses and should. You will probably benefit from having critique partners. But the way you learn to write is to sit down at the computer and type those keys, even when the only stuff coming out is bad. Bad can be fixed. You can’t fix a blank page. My writing has changed over writing eight books. (six are published, the first two good learning tools, but that’s all.) My ninth book will be the last of the series and is title ACT OF SURVIVAL. Readers, if they like what they’ve read, want to know when the next one will be released. So, write. 😊
Speed round! Write the first thing that comes to mind!
City, suburb, or small-town?
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate?
Alpha, beta, or both?
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Leather, lace, or silk?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Biceps, abs, or buns?
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Any last words before we say goodbye?
There are enough different writers out there for all the different readers, so we’re not in competition with each other. Romance authors are some of the most supportive people I’ve ever met. My husband gave me a plaque he found on one of our vacations:
Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right—it’s not the end.