Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!
Marji Laine prefers mountains to beaches, dogs to cats, entrees to desserts, and Jaguars to any other vehicle. Her favorites include emerald green, Autumn, stargazer lilies and white roses, New York style pizza, and red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. From her website at http://www.marjilaine.com/about-marji
Question: What inspires you?
Marji: I’m most inspired by setting. I know it sounds crazy, but I’m a mystery and suspense writer. Everywhere I look is a possible crime scene. And I can seriously see the tape partitioning off the area and the drape over the body in all sorts of crazy places. Once I saw a pair of boots, toes up, in a clothing-donation box and the whole story poured itself out.
That’s truly a gift. If I saw a pair of boots, toes up, in a similar situation, I’d probably run.
Just for fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Marji: I would be Sparkle, a pink-based color with a glitter element involved. I confess that pink isn’t my favorite color, but after being told again and again that it’s the best color on me, my girls started telling me to embrace the pink. So, pink it is. And the glitter is an absolute necessity. There’s nothing that delights my eyes more than shiny sparkles. They make me smile!
You say you’re not really a fan of pink. The color pink shows a gentle nature, maternal. But, I knew there had to be some special meaning behind the sparkles. So I looked it up: to give off or reflect bright moving points of light—or my favorite meaning: to perform brilliantly. I’m thinking that one fits you.
Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Marji: I wanted to be a teacher. In fact, my neighbors and I would play “school” and I was always the teacher. There was nothing I liked better than to find a new way to explain something. I loved teaching in the public realm, loved teaching home-school co-op classes, especially for the high schoolers. And I still love teaching, high school Bible studies and children’s choir. I still get a charge out of seeing the light of revelation flash on in someone’s eyes.
One of my favorite things, too. Thank you, so much for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.
She’s collaborated in five novellas over the last two and a half years with Write Integrity Press. The first, The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt, rose to best-seller status, catapulting all the authors to Amazon’s top 100 list.
She’s begun her solo publishing career with the Grime Fighter series, five novellas following mysteries encountered by a crime scene cleaner. Currently available in e-book and print.
Her first full-length novel, COUNTER POINT, was the first of a series contracted by Write Integrity Press in January of 2016. (Released in November, 2016 and a 2016 Grace Award Finalist.) This series, set in the fictitious Texas town of Heath’s Point, begins with the question of how someone can survive when ultimate power wants them dead. Such could be the question for each of these four stories.
In addition to writing, Marji is the executive director of Write Integrity Press and it’s non-fiction imprint, Pix-N-Pens Publishing. With over a dozen releases every year and almost two dozen authors working with her, Marji has her hands full. For more information, visit her website MarjiLaine.com.