My guest today is contemporary women’s fiction writer Marilym Slagel, all the way from America’s Illinois. Welcome to my virtual home across the pond, Marilyn :).
Marilyn, can you please tell us something interesting about yourself?
This is difficult. It’s not easy tooting your own horn! Maybe an interesting aspect of my personality is the ability to empathize with a variety of situations/people. It is almost uncanny the way my life has unfolded with such drama, only to make me into the person I am today – a woman who has been there, done that and can truly understand others.
That’s wonderful, Marilyn. Empathy is a great quality. What inspired you to write? Was there a special incident or did it come naturally?
A sophomore in high school, I signed up to take geometry after finishing a year of algebra. The first day of geometry class, Mr. Tarran assigned homework. Day two of geometry found me in the guidance counselor’s office withdrawing from that class. I am NOT a math whiz! Creative writing with Mr. Daniels sounded like fun, so I signed up. From that point on, I was hooked. Classmates would come to me for help with assignments, especially during the poetry unit. I don’t write poetry now, but did okay for myself and others back then.
How would you describe your own writing style?
Completely conversational, real, descriptive dialogue. I write the way I talk. My stories are based on reality, either my own or that of people I’ve known over the years.
Sounds great, Marilyn. We have something in common there – writing about real people and people we know :).
I assume as an author, you like reading – what’s your usual read?
Wow! Another hard question, Junying. I read voraciously! Every day, no matter what. Although I write about relationships and families, I love to read true crime, murder mysteries, self help books, biographies, historical fiction, romance, erotica.
Wow, what a wide range! What are you reading now? Do you have a book (apart from your own) which you highly recommend?
Currently, I have a “few” books on my night stand. I never have just one book going. My Pandigital ereader has Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward, the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a vampire series. Very hot reading!
One of Sylvia Browne’s older books on spiritual guides, consciousness is nearly done.
A Hand to Hold Along the Road by Rena McCaffrey Henson also sits on the night stand. I met Rena a couple weeks ago when we did a book fair together. Her book is her debut novel about her life – a testimony about how God changed her life from addictions to a happy drug and alcohol free fun loving, sweet woman who loves Jesus with all her heart. Rena and I became fast friends. She is a doll!
How lovely! Meeting fellow authors is such a blessing!
Can you give us a writing tip? or something you have learnt during your writing process?
Hmm, you want a writing tip from a first timer. The one thing that helped me the most when writing Dirty Laundry was this: After writing each chapter, rather than just keep going I went over it the next day and edited as much as I thought necessary. That way, when I finally finished it, I didn’t have to rewrite as much. It is surprising how much you can catch when you go over the previous day’s work.
Other than that, I’m a pantser – write, write, write some more and hope to heck someone likes it!
Yes, editing along the way is certainly helpful! Thanks for the tip 🙂 I also agree that constant writing is the way forward, so keep writing!
If you were strangled on a desert island, what kind of music would you take with you (yes, you’re allowed to have an ipod :)?1) Instrumental mellow jazz. 2) Anything instrumental on the piano. 3) Christmas music! 4) Classic Rock. 5) Oldies Rock n Roll. 6) Enya, Yanni.
YES, I like everything you mentioned above 🙂
Do you have a motto to live by and what is it? This is something I wrote after my husband died – I used it below my email signature line for a long time.
Totally agree with you there 🙂
I believe this with all my heart. Life IS short. Love today – it may be your last opportunity. (Of course, I’m still looking for the last love of my life. He hasn’t dropped from the sky onto my front lawn yet – but I keep looking out the window!)
LoL. I wish you best of luck!
If you were allowed a super power, what would it be?
The ability to heal all mental illness in the world.
I have family members who suffer from severe mental illness – nothing breaks my heart more than to watch them suffer.
I feel for you, Marilyn. It would be wonderful to heal people with illnesses, mental or otherwise.
Please tell us about your current project and describe your latest work within 140 characters, as in a tweet.
Junying! Seriously? Girl, you know I can’t say anything in 140 characters!
I apologise, sincerely :).
I’ll try. I don’t have a working title yet, but I’m working on a full length novel.
My WIP is about the experiences of online dating from a female perspective – the good, bad, ugly and perverted! I met them all!
There you go, girl – not so hard after all 🙂 Thanks for trying!
Marilyn Slagel is a true Midwestern girl, living in a tiny town with her loyal dog, Shadow, a lab/shepherd mix. Marilyn writes fiction for today’s women — honest, gut-wrenching, funny, poignant stories about the forbidden or taboo things in everyday life among families and other relationships.
When not writing, she works a 40-hours a week job as a medical editor/transcriptionist. With over 20 years experience in transcribing and editing, there is still something new every day.
Marilyn enjoys her family and friends with plenty of gatherings for wine, food and chatting all year around.
Reading is a lifelong passion of Marilyn’s and takes up some time every day. There is always time for a few pages, isn’t there?www.marilynslagel.com
Dirty Laundry is also available at All on the Same Page Bookstore in St. Louis, MO.