Interview with Margie Church (Giveaway offer attached – details below)

Welcome, Margie Church.

1. For those who might not
be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about
yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?

Thanks for hosting me today, Kameron. I’m one of those
people who grew up writing stories, funny letters, and poetry. I was published
in the 6th grade. After college, I abandoned most of my creative
writing and became a spin doctor. Yup, advertising is my thing. About five
years ago, I got laid off and started writing fan fiction. That turned into
romance novels. With no formal training in fiction writing, it was a daunting
task, and one I haven’t mastered yet. However, 16 books later, I seem to have a
knack for writing great fiction. 

2. All writers fear the dreaded “block.” Please tell us how you
handle it.

I verbalize where I am in the story, and then push forward
from there, asking out loud, “What happens next?” I will interject
dialog, action, etc. Then, if I like it, I’ll go back and restate it until it’s
clear in my mind. Then I type it. Thinking about a scene doesn’t always get me
unstuck – I hop around in my head, skipping parts and details. Verbalizing my
story lets me hear what works and what doesn’t. If I’m really struggling, I
have to sit back and ask whether I really like the book.  If I don’t, I can’t write it well. There’ll
be lots of deleting. You can’t be afraid of that. Most often, I’m looking for
new book ideas. I’m not one of those who has a million story ideas hidden away.
I’m pretty much in the here and now. Scary, eh?

3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time?
I’m a workaholic, and spend most of my time writing. But, I
have a family with children still at home, so they need my attention.  Yeah – cooking, laundry, and all that jazz. I
attend Scout meetings, volunteer at church, and go to their musical
performances. I work part time at our high school as a tutor, and am looking
for other advertising work. I like to ride my bike and go for walks. Snowshoes
are on my Christmas list. I enjoy flower gardening and bird watching. Take me
fishing and I’ll be your friend forever.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
I don’t keep it a secret, but I share it judiciously. I get
mixed reactions, depending on the setting. People are always fascinated to hear
I’m a published author, but hearing about the genres I write can put people
off. I work in our high school and the students know I’m author. They can find
me. Some probably have. I just tell them my books aren’t for minors, unless you
want to read my nursery rhyme. *snicker*  I live in a very conservative town, and the
gay romances always get a WTF reaction (though they’re my biggest sellers). I
think the strongest reaction always comes from the erotica component of most of
my books.  Yes, the love scenes are
graphic, but so is the rest of the story. When you read one of my books, I want
to transport you onto the page, into the story. That includes the sex scenes.
So, the foolish notion that I base my love scenes on my personal life always
makes me laugh, because if that were true, than what about the other things my
characters do? You’d better watch your back, wife, bank account, drugs,
husband, life.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
Kathleen Woodiwiss (who shockingly lived not far from me,
and I never knew it!)
John Sandford
Patricia Cornwell
Andrew M. Greeley
LaVerne Spencer
Nicholas Sparks
Jean Auel
John Grisham
Billy Collins
Fern Michaels
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?
I suck at this. My memory for names is horrid. I think
Nopeming Shores would make a very powerful movie. I think Reese Witherspoon has
the emotional depth to play Lily. Keanu Reeves would be great as Gabe.

7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
I never keep my WIPs a secret! I’m working on two large
projects right now. First is a piece entitled I AM JOLENE. This is the story of
a young woman’s quest to conquer her past. It’s not a romance; it’s New Adult
fiction with romantic elements. The book is nearly finished and it’s a hefty
work that I expect to meet or exceed 85,000 words. I’d hoped to have it done by
Thanksgiving, but real life has interfered. I’m on the hunt for a mainstream
publisher and/or an agent with this book and let me tell you, it’s daunting.
Please wish me luck.

My second project is co-authoring the second book in the
Razor Series – Razor: Love’s Storm. The series focuses on a provocative
subject: polyamory. Can Bryce and Amy’s marriage survive when they add a Domme
to their relationship? My co-author, K.B. Cutter, will have more to say on the
subject in his interview, and I know you’ll be featuring the first book in the
coming weeks, but I will say that Razor is a psychological, emotional, erotic
thriller. It’ll make you think, squirm, and believe that for some, loving
relationships with more than one person can and do work. How Bryce and Amy keep
their marriage strong while opening their hearts and lives to Raine is
fascinating. Societal pressures affect them, too. They chose to be together,
but can they stay together – will they choose to stay together in spite of
condemnation by most people? Find out.
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?
The only place to find my complete back list is on Amazon. My debut series is not available
anywhere else. The rest of my books (16 of them) can be found at your favorite
ebook retailers. Here’s my Amazon link to take a look at what you’ve been

And no, there’s no particular order. Even my books in a
series can be read out of order. Please enjoy them and make sure you come back
and tell me what you thought! 

9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
Absolutely! My website:
Facebook author page (please LIKE me!):
Twitter: @MargaretRChurch
10. Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
Thanks again for hosting me. It’s always fun to be somewhere
new and meet new readers.

Attention Readers…. Giveaway Offer Below from Margie!!

Ask me (Margie) an
insightful question and one reader will get their choice from any book on my (Margie’s) back list!

There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Margie
for stopping by and please be sure to mark your calendars because on January 18th, Margie will be coming back to promote her latest creation. She’ll be bringing along a friend too – K.B. Cutter. 🙂

Oh and don’t forget to comment on this interview with your question for her. You just might be the lucky winner. GOOD LUCK!! 


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10 Responses to Interview with Margie Church (Giveaway offer attached – details below)

  1. Margie has decided to run the giveaway opportunity until January 6th. Then, she will contact the winner. Again, good luck.

  2. Thanks for hosting me, Kam. I look forward to hearing from your fans and friends.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading these interviews and the glimpses into the lives and processes of authors.

    I can't wait for Love's Storm and I am Jolene.

    I have thought and thought, and am coming up blank on 'insightful'. Of course.

  4. LOL Rosie! My life is soooo fascinating! click of the keyboard is my life. But, the results are kind of nice, especially when I have terrific friends and fans like you!

  5. I'm serious though. It gives a different take on the life of an author. I am in awe of your talent to weave stories, to draw the reader (me) in and experience emotions. 🙂

  6. Thanks…It's a gift I enjoy sharing with you and ALL YOUR FRIENDS!

  7. I absolutely loved the interview!
    To be honest I have never read any of Margie's stories but oh my gosh, after reading this interview, I feel like I have just witnessed an awesome movie trailer. I love your energy Margie. I am so interested in reading Nopeming Shores, I am Jolene and I MUST read Love's Storm asap.

    I'm always interested in the setting that authors have when writing. What do you find works best for you? Do you have to have quiet? A little background music? Or can you be sitting with the family in the evening in front of the television?
    Also has a song ever inspired a story from you?

    • Welcome Debb! I hope you'll become a fan. You're way behind! I have 16 books out. 🙂 Nopeming Shores has a very special place in my heart. It's one of only 2 two books I've written that made me cry as I wrote. I recently broke down while writing Razor: Love's Storm. I Am Jolene is a gripping New Adult book. Such different and wonderful books for different reasons.

      I have a home office. My husband works from home on the other side of the French doors from me. The kids come and go. One is an avid drummer. The other loves to yammer. So, quiet, though ideal, rarely happens. Get in the mood to write a love scene? Laughable. My goal is to keep people from interrupting. The surrounding noises I can tune out, but when someone says, Mom! Or Margie, it's like screeching tires. They just don't understand how that throws me out of the work, and what it takes to get back into characters.

      Songs will influence the emotions of a story. I call PAIN my most useful emotion. I generally don't listen to music – especially music with lyrics – when I write. It's too distracting – I want to sing along. But I will listen to it while I'm plotting or working out scene kinks.

      I got my start in fan fiction and I have written entire novels on one-sentence suggestions. I got the concept of a vampire from looking at a photo of the Heidelberg Castle, and wrote Love Bites and Dangerous Love because of it. As many authors say, it can take shockingly little to inspire us.

      Thanks for coming by. I hope we'll become friends outside these walls.

  8. Hi Margie: If you could be one of your characters, who would it be and why? What is that interests you so much that you would want to be like them?

    Happy New Year,

    • First, hello Lynn! Oh boy. That's a tough one. First of all, I write in third person to give myself emotional distance from the stories and characters. Never say never, but I never plan to write in first person because of that. Yes, I'm stalling.

      I like strong women, so I think I'd like to be Neha from Cream on the Crop. (This story is part of an upcoming anthology and will be turned into a full novel this year.) What I like about Neha is her willingness to live life on her own terms. She's tough, independent, talented, and loving. When she's confronted by the ghost haunting her new farm, he appeals to Jamaal to live in peace with her. On the other hand, what she does to her father's lawyer made me grin from ear to ear.

      If I could be truly evil, I'd be Victoria from Dangerous Love. She has legs to die for and a boot fetish. She's manipulative, clever, and vengeful. And damn she has a lot of fun.

      Thanks for visiting. I hope you'll check out my work.


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