Marianne is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues.
Her debut novel "Blue Hydrangeas," an Alzheimer’s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, and a Library Journal Self-e Selection. She also has two short stories available on Kindle, "Ino's Love" and "Collection.”
A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college.
A Little About
Author Rating: PG
Ten Things You Should Know About
For this book, Kelly Clarkson's Invincible.The lyrics describe my heroine, Aerin, so well, and the emotion and strength of the song get my pulse pounding. It accurately portrays the heart of my story. I was halfway through writing the book when I heard it on the radio for the first time, and I thought, “How did Kelly Clarkson get into my head?!”
Now I am invincible
No, I ain't a scared little girl no more
Yeah, I am invincible
What was I running for
I was hiding from the world
I was so afraid, I felt so unsure
Now I am invincible
And I'm a perfect storm
In the video, the first girl on screen after Kelly looks like how I envisioned Aerin, with her long red hair. Other songs that motivated me were Kelly's Stronger, Katy Perry's Roar, Wide Awake, and Firework. Also, Rachel Platten's Fight Song.
2. What is the first thing you remember writing?
When I was a child, I'd staple sheets of paper together to make books. I remember writing a "book" about the horrors of slavery when I was around ten.
3. Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?
Oh yes. Both of my novels have a character named "Allison," in honor of my daughter. I also named my heroine in Swim Season after my mother, although she goes by her middle name, Aerin. She hates her given name. It's old-fashioned. ***I have a free Kindle copy to the first person who guesses what it is.***
4. At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”
The moment the first printed copy of my first novel came out of my printer. It was exhilarating! I raced upstairs to my husband and said, "Look! It's a book!"
5. What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources?
AutoCrit. It's amazing editing software. I got it for a steal during a promotion and will use it forever. Also, my thesaurus. And Google! Can't work without it.
6. Have you ever looked yourself up on Google? If so, did you find anything surprising?
It's unnerving to look myself up and see so many details of my private life exposed: old addresses, old jobs. Since I've been active as an author there's a load of stuff there. I like when I find 5-star book reviews that weren't posted on Amazon or Goodreads. And then there are the sites where my book is listed for free, and it's never free. That's very upsetting. I know a lot of it is just phishing or piracy, but it makes me mad. I tend to let it slide because there's not much I can do about it.
7. Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?
I mainly use a keyboard, but because I have many Repetitive Strain Injuries, writing isn't always easy for me. I often have to take week-long breaks from the computer. I use a Logitech gaming keyboard that replaces the mouse with a glide pad. It provides loads of relief from tendinitis and other aches and pains caused by prolonged keyboarding. The mouse is a major cause of neck, shoulder, arm, and hand pain.
8. What project are you working on now?
Right now I'm working on promoting Swim Season. I'm also involved with AlzAuthors, a collaboration of authors writing on Alzheimer's and dementia to provide resources for those living with the disease and their caregivers.
9. Have you always liked to write?
I've always written, and dreamed of becoming a professional writer as a child. My goal in high school was to become a journalist, and in college (UMass Boston) I worked on the student newspaper, eventually becoming editor-in-chief. After graduation, my attempts to find work as a reporter failed, so I eventually went into nursing. I put away my typewriter and stifled my wild mind, which constantly fed me ideas for stories and articles I had no time to write. Years later, a manager at the hospital I worked for started a newsletter for the nursing department. I volunteered my services and soon took over the whole project. This got me started writing articles for publication, and soon I embarked on my first novel. I guess I've come full circle.
10. Do you have any furry writing buddies? (Or scaled or feathered?)
Mr. Chance, my furry beast, is my writing buddy. He loves to sit by - and sometimes ON - my computer while I'm writing. I always have to double check that he hasn't done any editing on my work before I close out for the day. He's not the best editor.
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