Welcome back, Marlene. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
A professional actress since I was nineteen, I lean toward drama and tend to write extreme characters. Like the heroine, an aspiring singer, I was an ambitious actress.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
When I was offering the featured role in a
West End musical.
How has being published changed your life?
I spend more time doing book-signings and dreaming up ways of promoting books, which tends to lessen the time of actually writing. Also, folks tend to treat me with greater respect and wonder how I managed to write and publish books.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished War Room by Chris Fabray. I highly recommend it.
I loved the movie that the book is based on. It was number one in the box offices for several weeks last year. What is your current work in progress?
A novel titled Kentucky Cowboy. The book was inspired by my late hubby who was a polo player and horse enthusiast. The novel has a strange history. I finished it, was offered a contract with a publisher if I would make changes quickly. Regrettably, I didn’t. The only copy I had was lost in a freak accident, but the story keeps niggling at me. It’s a different book than it originally was, but I believe it is a much better book.
I’d love to feature that on the blog when it releases. What would be your dream vacation?
Rent a fabulous house overlooking the ocean, and invite some of my friends to join me. The house would probably be in
Beach, Sarasota, or maybe .
(I don’t ask for much.) Maui, Hawaii
Sounds like a great vacation to me. I’d love to join you and your friends. How do you choose your settings for each book?
They choose me. I knew Ayita High-Eagle lived on an Indian Reservation, so I selected an area I know. I knew she would become a singing sensation in
so that location found me, also.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I would spend the evening with the
Lindsey Graham. I have long been fascinated by him. He is, arguably, one of the
most brilliant political minds of our time. I would learn so much.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Playing tennis. Power walking by the ocean. Viewing good films. Visiting friends in
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Getting up early and staying focused, staying with it.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Attach butt to chair and keep it there.
Tell us about the featured book.
This book has supernatural elements and was given to me by inspiration from God. I did not “cook up” the supernatural, angelic elements in the book; they were “given” to me. Ayita High-Eagle is a beautiful 19-year-old American Indian woman. Abused by her promiscuous Mom, she seeks to end her own life. But God has other plans for her. Soon she moves onto the Circle K ranch with best friend, Marjoi Peterson, and her family. She meets handsome, cynical Valdez Lopez.
fly. But will her burning desire to become a Nashville recording artist thwart their
blossoming romance? Can Ayita become the catalyst pointing the way to a
spiritual awakening for him─despite his objections? Read this poignant story of
love, forgiveness, and challenging issues that must be resolved before Ayita
can commit to “Love, Honor, and Obey…”
Please give us the first page of the book.
“I’ll be leaving the Reservation real soon,” Ayita High-Eagle told her mother.
“Good, ‘cause this house is too crowdy for the three of us, and I ain’t kickin’ Wally out longs he brings in a paycheck. No matter how meager it is,” her mother said as she stirred soup in a broad pot on the old stove dominating the cramped kitchen. “One of these days I’m gonna move off the Reservation, too. ‘Soons I find someone who’s gonna support me better than Wally.”
“I told you before, Mother, you don’t have to put up with him. I can get you a job at Joey’s. They’re always looking for good servers.”
“Ya, well I told you, I ain’t interested in workin’ for nobody. We git by on what Wally brings in.”
“But you don’t even like him!” Ayita lamented.
“I told you…I’m stickin’ with him ‘til I git someone better.” Her mother continued stirring and alternately sampling the black bean soup, a steely resolve evident in her tone and manner. She sprinkled in more spices before pouring a generous dose of dark sherry into the soup and taking a long swig of wine from a tumbler.
The pungent aroma wafted through the air, tickling Ayita’s taste buds. “May I sample it?”
Ayita tasted a large spoonful of the soup.
Her mother smiled, raising her eyebrows. “Well?”
Ayita turned her face away from her mother so she wouldn’t see the tears and overwhelming emotions surging inside her.
Today’s the day.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
www.MarleneWorrall.com. MarleneWorrall Facebook, twitter, Goodreads, Amazon.
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