Hi, Marji! So glad you could join us. First question:
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Marji: I’ve always loved to write and had lots of stories roaming around in my head, but I didn’t fully embrace the idea of writing as a career until I completed my first novel five years ago. At that time, I jumped in with exuberance.
Do you write every day? What does your typical writing day look like?
Marji: I’m a homeschool mom, so any given day can be pretty wacky! Typically, I deal with the business end of writing, emails and social media, during lunch so the afternoon is my writing time for two to three hours. In the summer, I’m able to devote more time to it, but we spend each morning schooling and most afternoons at volleyball events. I do use late-night hours from time to time. Especially when my story is starting to fly!
What’s your favorite marketing strategy?
Marji: Ooh. Tough question. I’ve just not had all that much experience with marketing. I know the techniques that I have fun with – extending stories to my blog. I’m sort of doing that now with my devotional book – going through and discussing the different entries. I like any technique that truly connects me with folks instead of just being an advertisement. Not sure how successful they are, but that’s what I enjoy. (I loved doing the stalking thing with Unlikely Merger! That was super fun!)
What project are you currently working on?
Marji: Right now, I’m laying out the third book of my Grime Fighter series. My first two were a blast to write. Now that I really know the characters, I’m chomping at the bit to share their next mystery. While I’m doing that, I’m also working on edits for a novel possibility. Hopeful about that one! And I just turned in a romance novella that will be included in a collection from our Dallas Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. The collection is titled Warm Mulled Kisses and should be available before Christmas!
Have you had a unique experience connected with being an author?
Marji: Ha! Last year, my daughters and I were in the checkout line at the grocery store. We were discussing a story that I was working on and I said something like, “But I can’t kill him off there because it wouldn’t be private enough.” My oldest daughter commented, “But if you kill him at the other place, no one will find his body. No body, no insurance. Unless you want to wait for it.” The checkout lady gave me a strange look. One of my twins gave me the “Mom” thing then turned to the checkout lady. “She’s a writer.” The woman smiled, “I was hoping it was something like that.” I thought, after the fact, of how fun it would be to hold conversations like that randomly, but I’m just not brave enough. LOL!
Thanks so much for inviting me, Jennifer! Hope you’re having a great end of summer!
Thanks for dropping by, Marji!
Finding the body of a dead man would freak out anyone. Even someone with Dani Foster’s gruesome job. She can’t help but join the search for this murderer. Maybe because she found the body, or because her friend is a suspect. Maybe the deep-seated drive to work on the case is to stay close to Crime Scene Specialist Jay Hunter. She excuses her actions as the normal ones of a detective’s daughter.
Though no one’s supposed to know about that.
Jay Hunter can’t escape the sharp eyes and keen mind that Dani has, or her beauty and fun-loving spirit. Her help might be exactly what he needs to secure the promotion he’s been hoping for. Though he can’t stand the thought of her being in danger. Not after the last time.
This is the second episode of the Grime Fighters series. Dani’s troubles aren’t over, and the relationship between her and Jay is only beginning.
Marji Laine is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. Having released her debut novella Grime Beat and its sequel, Grime Wave, she spends her non-writing transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart, and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.