Thursday, October 10, 2013

St. George Book Festival Author Interview with Marilyn W. Richardson

Marilyn W. Richardson retired to St. George in 1994. Loving the red mountains, easy walks, friendly folks and the time to write, she  misses friends from South Dakota, but is delighted to be where she is.

What are three words that describe you? energetic, dedicated, spontaneous

Are you a morning person or a night owl? – morning, without a doubt

What is your favorite food? Ice cream, no make that chocolate

Where do you dream of travelling to and why? To my own comfy bed each night

Do you listen to music while writing? Too distracting

What's your favorite book or who is your favorite writer? Too many to name, Loved the Once and Future King, by White.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest manuscript?
I just put a children’s Halloween story on kindle. So often bad weather hits at the end of October. In my story, in spite of the fact that the Mayor Cancelled Halloween due to a serious snow storm, Mrs. Jones agrees to take her children out, but just on their block, turning around when they get to the corner where the scary Mr. Zigorsky lives. But . . .

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started? Everything.

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow? Not an outliner. Sometimes wish I were.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?  Another thing I wish would happen.

Is there anything you would do differently? Well, sure.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing? My critique group – most helpful at keeping me going.  I nedd something to take every Wednesday.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft? If you love it, do it. You’ll learn as you go.

Blurb of your latest release or coming soon publication if any: Jai-Li, skilled ribbon dancer, is called to the court of Kublai Kahn. She is expected to entertain him in more ways than one.

List of previous books if any: Stars Around the Sun, Pig Pig and the Bowl of Rice, The Arrow Maker’s Apprentice, Nijole’s Journey to the Land of Liberty, Women, Houses and Homes, Mid-life and Beyond, A Woman’s View, We’ve Got to Do Something About Mother!, Red Silk, Red Jade.

Any websites/places we can find you on the web? Soon, very soon, I’ll have a blog. And you can find me on facebook. I even have a twitter acct but have only tweeted twice.

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