An avid reader, I believe we have much to learn about the world, and ourselves, through explorations of the written word. Books are the threads of timeless human connection, and I strive, at least in some small way, to touch others through my writing.
On a more personal note, I've lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for most of my life, though I did spend the first six years of my married life as transplant to my husband's hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. And yes, I did come back with a southern accent! And two tow-headed babies, but I digress.
For fun, I'll give you a few little known facts about me before returning to our regularly scheduled programming!
1. As a teen, I rode horses and showed competitively. My horse was an Arabian named Clyde (as in Clyde the camel) and he had an addiction to Starlight mints and cherry lifesavers.
2. My sister calls me a vampire, and not because I'll read anything with fangs in it. I normally stay up half the night, despite having to get up at the same time in the morning as regular people. Hence why I'm not usually in the mood to talk to anyone until I've at been up at least two hours.
3. I have an absurdly weird fear of crickets. Seriously. And my children delight in chasing me around with their crispy carcasses.
That's enough for now... Perhaps I'll share more later!
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- The Girl In The Coffee Shop
on June 16, 2011
This short story was an interesting quick read, and the author has a distinctive voice. I found myself irritated at the main character Gertrude (mainly with her religious assumptions) but then the next I just felt sorry for her. There are comedic overtones, bracketed by down-to-the-bone clarity and insight. Marques is bound to be someone you will hear more of in the future.
Marquez certainly has a way with words and even if I hadn’t enjoyed The Girl in the Coffee Shop, I would have still given this book Five stars based on the excerpt of The Path Home (to be released later this summer 2011) at the ending. The writing in the excerpt is exquisite, and I will be one of the first people to get a copy of The Path Home when it’s released!