Today, we are meeting Marianne Spitzer! I have been in connection with Marianne for a while now, but truthfully, I don’t know a lot about her. Oh, and guess what, I was not introduced to her by George! Shocking, I know! So I’m excited about this interview!
Marianne, tell us a little about yourself…
I was born in Wisconsin and lived there until I was eighteen. Then I spent eight years in Washington state and California before returning to Wisconsin. I love eerie places and books. I began with a love of Nancy Drew books and as I grew I found H.P Lovecraft, Poe, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. While I love mysteries, my heart lies in the past with stories of mail-order brides and travel along the Oregon Trail in the 1800s. My mom used to tell me I was born 100 years too late since I had such a love of the past.
I have two children and two grandchildren. Family and friends are the most important things in my life. When I am not writing, I am reading or watching sunsets. I am not a morning person and I can often be found writing well after midnight. I enjoy the quiet of night when the rest of the world sleeps.
I believe that chocolate should be a food group. Hershey’s Kisses in my freezer are a necessity. They melt slower and last longer when frozen and I try never to run out of them. Besides chocolate, I love Italian and Mexican food.
1. How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first short story in sixth grade. I wrote on and off for years before deciding to self-publish. I majored in English in college but worked in Human Resources instead of teaching which I would have preferred.
2. What genre’s do you write in?
Sweet Historical Western, Paranormal Mystery, Cozy Mystery, and one thriller.
3. When were you first published?
I self-published my first book in April 2012.
4. Were you published traditionally and then switched to Indie?
No, I have always been an indie writer.
5. How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book. Historical Westerns take a little longer because I do a lot of research to add bits of reality to each book while if it’s a mystery, I can usually finish one in two months since I am using only my imagination.
6. Where can we find your published books?
All my books are available on Amazon.
7. What can you tell us about your first book in the Silverpines series?
Ella Grace Mulvaney is an orphan working at the local Inn. When the Inn owner dies, it is up to her to keep the Inn running. Maybe having a husband will help? Ella Grace is sweet, intelligent, independent, caring, and a bit klutzy.
8. Do you have a newsletter and how often does it go out?
Not at present, but I am looking into starting one.
9. Do you have a Facebook page, group or other platforms where you hang out to connect with your readers?
Yes, I have my Author page on Facebook where I post items I think my readers will enjoy along with book promos and chat with my readers.
10. What is your favorite thing about writing books?
Letting my creativity loose. When you write, there is no limit to what your characters can achieve or where they can travel. Also, when I receive an email or review from a reader telling me they enjoyed my book. I am humbled that I can create something that others will enjoy.
11. What other books do you have releasing this year?
I plan to release another book in my Mail-Order Brides of Gentle Falls series, Grace’s Heart, along with another companion book, Rose’s Heart. I am also working on a cozy mystery for my Annie Ryan series, and trying my hand at a horror novel.
12. Have you done a multi-author series before?
No, this is my first multi-author series and I am honored to be working with a very talented group of writers.
13. What’s one unique non-writing fact about you?
I collect angels. I love all angel figurines from the large twelve inch Jim Shore angels I have received as gifts to the tiny three-inch glass angels I found at the dollar store. It’s very difficult for me to bypass an angel on sale. I have counted cross-stitched them, found pictures of them, and love to read books about them.
WOW, Marianne! A horror novel! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! That’s exciting. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with us today. I have enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to working on the Silverpines series with you.
That’s it for today folks! However, the NINE Authors of the Silverpines series have something special going on tomorrow and you are ALL invited!!! We’re having a PARTY! Unveiling a few secrets, handing out a few prizes, playing a couple games…it’s gonna be epic! I hope we will see you there!