Monday, December 15, 2008
It is with Great Pleasure to bring to Today's INTERVIEW, Author/Poet/Teddy Bear Artist MARIANNE LOYD. Author Of: THOUGHTS FROM OLD WALLS In the last twelve months, I've read, and Reviewed the Poetic Works of Marianne. Her Poetry is Breathtaking, and I admire her strength to protect the Rights of Animals against Abuse. Geri: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? Marianne: I can't exactly remember when, as I have always loved to write poems, and stories. It just seems something I have done since early childhood. Geri: What type of books do you enjoy writing? Marianne: At the moment, I am focusing on poetry, but I also like to write other genres. Geri: Did a special person in your life inspire you to write? Marianne: No particular person has inspired me to write, just writing in itself has been an inspiration. Geri: Have you written any books based on a true life story? Marianne: No, I have not. Geri: Who is your favorite author? Marianne: There are so many great authors, each a master in their own genre. Geri: Are your characters from real life, or the imagination? Marianne: Since I am at the moment writing poetry, and not a story with specific characters, my inspiration can come from stories I've read. Something on TV, or simply by observing life in general, and listen, and be observant. Geri: How many books have you written? Marianne: THOUGHTS FROM OLD WALLS is my first book, with a collection of my most recent poems, but I am also working on my next poetry book. Geri: Where can your book be purchased? Marianne: www.lulu.com www.marianneloyd.com Geri: How did you feel the first time you were published? Marianne: It felt a bit unreal to see my words on print. It was strange, but exciting turning the pages. Geri: Do you have any current work in progress? Marianne: Yes, I do, and as I mentioned, I am working on my next poetry book titled SILHOUETTES. Also, I have planned to write a children's book. Geri: What are some links to your websites? Marianne: www.marianneloyd.com Geri: Do you have goals set for the future? Marianne: Yes, and I have different projects in mind, but all in its own time. Geri: Are you exactly where you want to be in your writing? Marianne: There are always goals ahead that exceeds the current status, but at the present time, you are where you have to be, and to have the pen beside you on the journey of writing. Geri: What can help authors reach their dream? Marianne: First of all, write and keep writing, never give up! Geri: Have you ever experienced writer's block? Marianne: I believe all writer's suffer occasionally, more or less from writer's block. Geri: What advice can you give to prevent it? Marianne: One can never for sure prevent it, but when you do get it, you have to realize that you are on the wrong thinking path, like a dead-end road. You have to take a U-turn, and try to refresh your thoughts to see the broader picture. Geri: As a child, did you have favorite books? Marianne: I have always enjoyed to read, and I read a lot of different books. I loved Nancy Drew, and to read about all her adventures. Geri: As a child, did you enjoy reading? Marianne: Yes! Geri: If you had the opportunity to one day live the life of a famous author, who would it be? Marianne: I don't think there is any one particular writer that I would like to trade places with for one day, but I do find it interesting to read about them, how they work, and get their ideas. Agatha Christie said, "The best time to plan a book is while you are doing the dishes." It is not quite what you would have expected from a master detective writer, but it is a good idea to use spare time thinking space to come up with something new, and interesting for your story. Geri: Many authors feel a sense of self-satisfaction, self-achievement after publishing a book, can you relate? Marianne: It is like with any idea you put to life, whether it's writing, or something else. When the task is complete, you feel a sense of achievement, of course. It's like a blank canvas that you try to put the best colors to use for best results! Geri: How do you balance occupation with writing? Marianne: It is all about priority, and how to set enough time to do both! Geri: How did you feel at your first book-signing? Marianne: It's always nice to sign your book, and hope the reader enjoyed reading it. Geri: If you won the lottery tomorrow, would anything change? Marianne: It would probably mean more time dedicated to writing. Geri: As a writer, from mauscript to promotions, what was the most difficult task? Marianne: With book promotion, there is a whole different aspect. But, the first step is to publish it, then promote, and take it from there. Geri: Some writer's listen to music, or focus on a particular scenery, can you relate? Marianne: It helps to have an inner picture of something to inspire your creativity to get a jump start and get going, whether it's music, or nature. Writing requires a certain amount of discipline, and inspiration. Geri: If you were to write in a different genre, what would it be? Marianne: It would probably be a mystery/detective genre. I think that the British Midsomer Murders TV drama is great. It's based on the books by Caroline Graham, who is an excellent writer, and also the writer's that continued to write for that series afterward. It is so cleverly written! Geri: Thank you very much for your time. It has been a Pleasure indeed! Marianne: Your welcome! I enjoyed it!