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.






3 Questions Wednesday with Tracy Ruckman

Today’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is Tracy Ruckman of Write Integrity Press, Pix-N-Pens Publishing, and Imaginate Magazine.

Tracy Ruckman HeadshotWe’re so glad you could join us, Tracy. First question:

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

Tracy:  Would it be cheating to say all our authors? 🙂 However, if you mean authors other than our own – I’m not sure I have an answer. I love series, so I read from series to series as I can. Right now, while I’m in graduate school, all my “fun” reading consists of screenplays and textbooks.

I appreciate your love of your own authors’ books, since I am one of those authors! Now…

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Tracy: My head seems to be in TV shows as I think about the answer to this question. A few years ago, after some recommendations, we binged on a couple of series we’d not previously seen. Both series consisted of ensemble casts, with numerous villains, and some of them became my favorites.

When we were watching Prison Break, I felt guilty the entire time I watched because I kept rooting for them to break out. At the time, I remember thinking what great writers they had – to make people like me (normally not lawbreakers at all) – cheer on the “bad guys.” Of course, Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows weren’t villains, but the heroes of the story, even though they were in prison. But the villain that still boils my blood is the character of Theodore ‘T-Bag’ Bagwell. Robert Knepper did such an incredible job with the character that to this day, if I hear his voice, I get the creepies up my spine.

Lost is the other show we binged on. Sawyer will always be my favorite – and Josh Holloway is from the county where I live! – but Linus is the unforgettable villain. Anytime I see Michael Emerson on screen, I want to yell at him! LOL!

You’ve chosen some great villains. I’m in complete agreement with Linus. One last question:

What project are you currently working on?

Tracy: So many projects, so little time. 🙂 Our Valentine book goes to press the week I’m answering these questions, so look for The Love Boat Bachelor on Kindle. Then, in the next few months, we’re launching new releases by Joan Deneve, Tammy Blackburn, Fay Lamb, Betty Thomason Owens, Marie Wells Coutu, and … I know I’m forgetting some. Bookmark the blog to get the latest updates: www.WriteIntegrity.com.

We’re also in the process of launching a new digital magazine for readers and writers. IMAGINATE will include articles for writers, as well as creative pieces like short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and special features for readers. We’re currently accepting submissions and advertising, with a deadline of April 1. The quarterly magazine will debut on June 1, 2015. For more information, visit our website: www.ImaginateZone.com

This is exciting! You have some wonderful projects in the works. The Writing Prompts Crew wishes you great success on all of these. And thanks so much for taking the time to complete our 3 Questions.

Readers, please read Tracy’s bio then leave a comment to win (drum roll) a three – book bundle (Kindle E-books)! Reader’s choice of three books in a series, or three separate books from Write Integrity Press or Pix-N-Pens Publishing (see the list below–some links are supplied so you can see them). Again, please leave a comment to be entered to win this valuable prize. The winner will be contacted via email and you can let us know at that time, which three (3) books you’d like.

More about Tracy Ruckman:

Tracy Ruckman is publisher, student, screenwriter, wife, and mom. She’s seeking her MFA in Screenwriting, and stays busy with her three publishing companies. In her spare time (in her dreams), she loves to cook, travel, explore.

Books from Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing

Amazing Grace Series by Fay Lamb:

Stalking Willow

Better Than Revenge

Ties That Bind Series by Fay Lamb:



Nonfiction for writers: The Art of Characterization, Fay Lamb

The Sisters Redeemed Series, Jerusha Agen:

This Dance

This Shadow

This Redeemer

For Such a Moment, Marie Wells Coutu

Cracks in the Ice, Deanna Klingel

Towdah, Sheryl Holmes

Imperfect Wings, Elizabeth Noyes

Entrusted (Adirondack Surrender Series), Julie Arduini

Amelia’s Legacy (Legacy Series), Betty Owens

Multiple Authors:

A Dozen Apologies

A Ruby Christmas

The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt

Cartoons, Interviews, and Winners…Oh My!

springSpring is officially here and we’re kicking it off here at the Writing Prompts Blog with a winner. Marlene won Kelly Ann Riley’s latest book For the Birds and the $10 B & N gift card. Congratulations Marlene!

Don’t miss any of our posts this month on cartoons. Make sure to leave a comment on a Monday or Friday post and be entered to win the $25 Amazon gift card to be given away on May 1st. Use our writing prompt in your comment and be entered twice.

It’s that easy!

Our interviTracy Ruckman Headshotew tomorrow is with publisher Tracy Ruckman. You’ll have a chance to win 3 ebooks from Write Integrity Press or Pix-N-Pens Publishing. See you there!