3 Questions Wednesday with Marji Laine

Happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to welcome author and publisher, Marji Laine, to Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Marji. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

 Marji: Young-at-heart – an elementary spirit in a nearing senior body. Computerific – I can usually make it do what I want, if it’s working at all. Laughing – if I can’t laugh at myself, I’m missing out on some fun!

Sounds like you’d be a fun person to hang out with. 🙂 Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Marji: I feel like I got that last summer when my kids sent hubby and me on an Alaskan cruise. But for research, I would want to visit castles in Europe. I’d be torn between the beauty of Germany or my personal ancestry in Scotland, but I think I’d lean toward the Scottish highlands. And I’d be ready to dabble a bit in some historical romances!

Castle visiting would be so cool. Last question: 

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Marji: Canon in D. Starts out so simple and gets more and more complicated (and full and beautiful) as the song goes on. Yeah, that’s pretty much been my life!

So pretty. Marji, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here at Inspired Prompt.

Readers, Marji is offering an e-copy  of her book, Ain’t Misbehaving to one commenter.

Click to tweet: Author and publisher Marji Laine is our guest today on 3 Questions Wednesday @InspiredPrompt #interview #giveaway

Ain’t Misbehaving

Annalee Chambers: Poised, wealthy, socially elite.

Annalee Chambers floated through life in a pampered, crystal bubble until she smashed it with a single word. Dealing with the repercussions of that word might break her, ruin her family, and land her in jail.

True, Annalee’s crime amounted to very little, but not in terms of community service hours. Her probation officer encouraged her with a promise of an easy job in an air-conditioned downtown environment. She didn’t expect her role to be little better than a janitor at an after-school daycare in the worst area of town. Through laughter and a few tears, Annalee finds out that some lessons are learned the hard way, and some seep into the soul unnoticed.

Carlton Whelen hides behind the nickname of CJ so people won’t treat him like the wealthy son of the Whelen Foundation director. Working at the foundation’s after-school program delights him and annoys his business-oriented father. When a gorgeous prima donna is assigned to his team, he not only cringes at her mistakes but also has to avoid the attraction that builds from the first time he sees her.

AIN’T MISBEHAVING encourages acceptance:
•Of things that can’t be changed.
•Of people who are different.
•Of lessons learned.
•Of oneself.

What can a bunch of downtown kids teach a Texas princess?

Marji Laine is a“graduated” homeschooling mom of four who is grateful to her twins for not forcing her into the empty nest season just yet. She now spends more time in her role as executive editor for Write Integrity Press than she does crafting her own stories, but she loves both jobs.

When she’s not wearing the publishing hat, she directs a children’s choir, teaches 10th grade girls Sunday school, and sings in the adult choir at her church. She also leads a high school and college weekly Bible study and has a monthly radio talk show.

She and her husband of 30 years live in a suburb on the north side of Dallas with their twins and their own version of Hank the cow dog, a rescue mutt that rides herd on the entire household. Marji prefers mountains to beaches, dogs to cats, Alaska to the Caribbean, entrees to dessert, and white roses to most any other flower. Her favorites include “Live PD,” the Hallmark channel, Hand and Foot Canasta, NASCAR, and worship music.

You can learn more about Marji and her books at her author pages on Amazon.com and WriteIntegrity.com and her website, MarjiLaine.com

3 Questions Wednesday with Marji Laine

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 lightor 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.

Marji Laine writes about hope and redemption. Her characters, tangled in desperate situations, rely on authentic faith in God to carry them through treachery, betrayal, and impossible circumstances.

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.

Marji Laine’s Books on Amazon

Write Integrity Press

Pix-N-Pens Publishing.






Grime Wave by Marji Laine

Marji LaineToday, we welcome our friend and author, Marji Laineon the blog to showcase her latest release, Grime Wave.

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!

Grime Wave

grime waveFinding 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.

Double 3 Questions Wednesday Winners at the Writing Prompts Blog

drum rollWho won Anita K. Greene’s book, Out of the Wilderness?

Karen Frisch! Congratulations, Karen!

Drum roll please…

Who won Marji Laine’s book, Grime Beat?

Danielle Hull! Congratulations, Danielle!

And please follow all our June posts as we discuss a fun topic, Comfort Food. Comment on a Monday or Friday post and be entered to possibly win a $25 Amazon gift card. Next card to be given away on July 1st!DCF 1.0

3 Questions Wednesday with Marji Laine

Marji LaineToday we welcome author Marji Laine, to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Hi Marji! So glad you dropped by! First question:

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Marji: Dana Mentink – her stories have the perfect balance of mystery, suspense, and romance with all three of the elements amped up to an intensity I don’t find in many other books. And she does something with her twists that usually leave me reeling! I’ve never been able to unravel one of her mysteries ahead of time. I’ve come close, but she’s always got a thicker knot than I expect.

I do enjoy a good plot twist. Or a great villain.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Marji:  That’s a hard question. In Christian fiction, I think it’s important to have villains who are as realistic as the heroes. In other words, they have goals and values along with positive character traits in the midst of the major negative traits. However, I have to admit that the villains that make it to my favorite category are the ones that scare the devil out of me. And for those, I go to movies: the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz gets top pick with Snow White’s wicked queen and Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent tying for a close second.

The Wicked Witch of the West is hard to beat. 🙂 Seriously, she hates dogs. Anyway, enough about villains. 

What project are you currently working on?

Marji: I have just (and I do mean JUST) finished the second book in my indie-pubbed novella Grime Fighter series. I’m so excited about this story, and I love these characters. My first one, Grime Beat, introduced a mystery-loving crime-scene cleaner who is full of secrets. The second one throws her into the center of a killing spree that hits way too close to home. And especially for your readers, I’m revealing the title of this new story: Grime Wave. You heard it here first!
Other than that story, I’m also working on a collaboration with authors from Write Integrity Press – LIKE YOU ARE, JENNIFER! 🙂 Our newest novella collaboration will be revealed a chapter at a time during this month. And that’s going to be a BLAST!
And finally, I have another novella to be included in a collection by local authors headed by Lena Nelson Dooley. The “Warm Mulled Kisses” collection should be out early in the Christmas season.
Sounds like a lot of work. But I’m excited about the collaboration from Write Integrity Press also! If you’d like a chance to win an E copy of Marji’s book, Grime Beat, please leave a comment.
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Her best friend missing, every cell in Dani Foster’s body screams something is wrong.

Crime scene cleaning is the perfect job for neat-nick Dani Foster. But her orders to maintain a low profile and stay out of trouble mean little when her friend goes missing. Suspicions point to the handsome crime scene specialist, Jay Hunter, but he’s also the only person willing to help Dani. Dare she trust him even when lies seem to surround him?

Dani amuses Jay. Her penchant for speaking and acting without regard to the consequences land her in the funniest situations. But her latest moves have thrust her into serious danger. As he learns more about her circumstances, her risk rises until her very life is on the line. He has no time or inclination for romance, but this girl needs him and she seems to have no one else. How can he turn his back?

Marji Laine is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. Having just released her debut novella Grime Beat, 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.