#Authorinterview with Mari Collier @child7mari

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a fellow Creativia author, Mari Collier.  Welcome to my blog.

Marilyn Collier

If you love westerns and sci-fi, then you need to read her incredible series starting with Earthbound.

But, right now, we will be talking about her latest book.  Tell us about your newest release. 

The latest is an anthology entitled Twisted Tales From A Skewed Mind. I am working on another novel, but we won’t mention that now.

Twisted Tales from a Skewed Mind by [Collier, Mari]

What is the story about?

Since its an anthology, there are a bunch of stories, all with a twisted look at the world. Retail Wedding is a good example. Did you know some people actually are married in a store or restaurant? I had the bride wearing high heels with red spikes protruding from the shoes. I thought that rather original until my grandson found them online. Not just one style, but many different styles of shoes with spikes.

Who is the main character?

Once again there isn’t one main character, however, two of the vampire stories do feature Valda, a vampire originally from Iowa. She has been in three of my short stories and I’m seriously thinking of doing another one with her as the main character.

What inspired this tale?

The vampire tales were strictly Valda’s idea.

How did the story come to you?

Valda keeps telling me what she does. The other stories were triggered by something I saw or read. The Boy Who Refused to Grow Old started in my brain when I worked for Nintendo. Parents would call and complain they couldn’t make the child put the Game Boy down. The Present was the result of another author challenging me to write a story about magic. Once A Frog Always A Frog was started when I read something about transferring matter for real, not just like they did on the old Star Trek series.

Did you have to research for this novel and if so, why?

I certainly had to do research for Once A Frog Always A Frog as I had to know where the scientist came from and how the Farm Bureau Agent could explain things. I also had to research Florida history for one story. A couple of the others involved research about prices, mechanics, and other items. Things may be weird, but there must be some logic in the story.

If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn and why?

The red spikes set in extremely high, white dress shoes. I couldn’t imagine anyone wearing them. Perhaps because I’m not one of the graceful people. The other was how far advanced our government is in matter transfer and that they are actually doing this.

Do you relate to your character?

Usually I have nothing in common with my characters in the short stories.

Is your protagonist anything like you personally?

One story, however, you might say one character is like me. We’re both from Iowa and both of us are very practical.

If yes, then how?

If necessary we can look for a solution in strange places.

What made you write this character; what made them important to you or made you want to tell their story?

Once again, Elvie just was there in my mind telling me what happened. I did use one of the towns I knew well in my home state as the backdrop for the story. It made writing it easy.

Is there anything specific you want readers to know about this piece of work?

It is simply a fun read, although a couple of the stories might make you think. Particularly the satire Retail Wedding.

Has the book already been published?

Yes, Twisted Tales From A Skewed Mind is available in paperback and for your Kindle or eReader.

If yes, do you have a link available for buying it?

Amazon paperback, Kindle and electronic readers: https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Tales-Skewed-Mind-Collier-ebook/dp/B01NBMAHZ6

Barnes & Noble paperback: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/twisted-tales-from-a-skewed-mind-mari-collier/1125411321?ean=9781541337497

Okay, let’s learn more about you, as a writer Who is Mari Collier?

First of all, I am a child of God. I was born and raised on a farm in Iowa. My childhood home had no electricity, no indoor facilities and no heated water except for what was in the wood stove reservoir. Let’s just say allergies necessitated a move to Phoenix. I married my high school sweetheart and after two children he moved us to North Bend, WA. The only good thing about that was the job I found at Nintendo of America. My beloved has left this Earth, but I’m in a small community in the high desert. I’m on the Board of Directors for the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, and I write two columns for the Old Schoolhouse Journal. It was my husband, Lanny, that urged me to return to writing when he caught me “wool gathering.” That’s looking off into space while the story unwinds in one’s head. My family is here, and there are art galleries, theaters, and libraries to enjoy.

What inspired you to start writing?

I started when I was still in grade school. I sold one short story before moving to Washington. I was also caring for my mother-in-law, and dealing with two traumatized teenagers. We had left Phoenix. When I started to work outside the home, all writing ended until we retired.

What is your favorite book you have written and why

Gather The Children may be my favorite. It was the one I started when I was a child. I just didn’t finish it until decades later. By that time, it had grown into six novels, and another two.

Gather The Children (Chronicles of the Maca Book 2) by [Collier, Mari]

When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge?

Work at the museum, read, housework or yardwork, exercise, maybe take a walk.

Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house?

I’m published through Creativia Publishing. That makes me a semi-indie as they are not a traditional publishing company.

Do you read books within the genres you write?

Yes, right now I’m reading Zenna Henderson’s the Ingathering. She’s the science fiction writer that conceived The People.

Besides being an author, do you have a second job?

No, other than the work at the Old Schoolhouse Museum (once a week, plus docent stints).

What do you enjoy most about being an author?.

The knowledge that people enjoy my stories. I just heard about another one today.

How can your readers connect with you?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/child7mari

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Twisted-Tales-From-A-Skewed-Mind-124947397618599/

Blog / website: http://maricollier.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilyn-collier-70208a35?trk=hp-identity-name

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Mari-Collier/e/B00BGTT09Q

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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4 Responses to #Authorinterview with Mari Collier @child7mari

  1. Mari Collier says:

    Thanks so much for the invitation, Sahara!

  2. Kiersten says:

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