Marian Scadden

Biography

Marian Scadden reads a lot, and likes to write in theater-esque and other genres, such as Young Adult fantasy, Middle Grade stuff, and Picture Books. She loves playing board games with her family, especially when she wins. Marian graduated in Children's Theatre from Brigham Young University decades ago, more or less. Writing books and plays is not quite as long as that. She started writing plays so she wouldn't have to pay royalties when directing them; she started writing picture books to see if she could and she advanced to novels in 2009 when she participated in National Novel Writing Month. It's kind of exciting.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
If I'm writing a script, I usually figure out most of the characters and the setting first. If the script is based on a story, I re-read the story. Then I outline. Most stories take place over several days, months or years but if I'm adapting it for the stage then I don't want my play to be that stretched out.
If I'm writing a novel during November's National Novel Writing Month, I type as fast and as furiously as possible. I don't have an outline, or characters in my head, except for maybe my first character. Then I make it up as I go along. It's been such a freeing process to create characters at the moment I need them or plot twists or even the surroundings. Granted, there's a lot of editing that has to be done afterwards, but I have to do that anyway.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been read to and reading since I was so young that there's no way I remember the first story. But I do remember lots of trips to the library - both school libraries and public libraries. I saw my kindergarten teacher when I was in my early 20's and she told me that when she would announce reading time, I would get a book and pour over it. I remember that my third grade teacher always read chapter books to the class after lunch. I remember loving Where the Wild Things Are, but I'm not sure if that's when I was a young child or when I was a little older reading it to my baby brother. I absolutely loved - and still do - fairy tales, fables, myths, folktales, and tall tales.
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Books

White Fire
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,580. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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Delsina returns with water to her home and mentions a stranger was asking about them. Her peaceful family reaches for their weapons as her oldest brother, Talem, picks her up and runs. She watches as the stranger who carries fire in his hands burns her home and family. As they make their journey away from Sethrum, Man of Fire, Talem reveals to Delsina who she really is.
Treasure Island, A Stage Play for Children
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
This play for children to perform is humorously based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson. As Poly-Narrator says, “This here presentation of Treasure Island is based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson. Do you know what it means when a performance is said to be based on the book? Not much, that’s what.” Well-known characters are still part of the play: Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver, & pirates!
Ruby Lou and the White Gold Saloon
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,120. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
Ruby Lou and the rest of the town only drink White Gold (except for three people who drink Black Gold without a straw); it’s the best thing west (and east, some say) of the Mississippi. A stranger comes to town with Purple Nugget for everyone to try and he won’t take “no” for an answer, even if it means forcing the town to change.
It Could'a Been
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,650. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
A children’s play with music highlighting three tall tales: Johnny Appleseed, Sal Fink and Febold Feboldson. Johnny loves more than anything to give apple seedlings to passing pioneers. Sal Fink is the daughter of keelboatmen Mike Fink and just as tough and extremely big-hearted. Febold Feboldson is by himself on the great plains of Nebraska and wants neighbors.
The Annual Conference of the Genii in Regards to the Peculiar World of Humans
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Performing Arts / Theater
This play for children, based on the Arabian Tales, is about a group of genii who get together each year to discuss and laugh about the behavior of humans. Ali Baba and Sinbad come up in conversation as well as Baba Abdalla, and the Fisherman.
Digging for Leprechaun Gold
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,790. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
(For 2 adults to perform for children, with audience participation.) The lazy human, Fergal, doesn't want to work and she won't have to if she can catch a leprechaun and get his gold. Fergal has to use a lot of brain power to catch Ba, a tricky Leprechaun. Will Fergal get Ba? And if she does, will Ba escape? This interactive show is based on the Irish tale The Field of Boliauns. Aye, 'tis.
Fables
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,030. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
Three fables from around the world are retold in this play. In the Grasshopper and the Ants, the grasshopper only wants to play all summer but the busy ants know they have to gather food. In Armadillos in the Road, the armadillo teacher and her young students are on a field trip, moseying along. A lion is terrorizing everyone in The Foolish Lion and the Clever Rabbit, a tale from India.
Just So, It Happened
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
Based on Rudyard Kipling's “How the Elephant Got His Trunk” and “How the Camel Got His Hump”, this play has a delightful cast of animals. The curious young elephants are disturbing everyone in the forest with their non-stop questions. The camel is being lazy and all the other animals must work harder because of it.
Everybody Knows That
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,880. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
Princess Ada realizes that everyone knows things that she just doesn't know. So she strikes out to learn for herself. Meanwhile Alexandria Dragon is having the same problem in her town.
Three-3-III
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
In these tales of three, the three pigs must outsmart three wolves; the three billy goats Gruff have three trolls to deal with (and one of the goats is female so she’s Betty Goat Gruff); and the three bears face Goldilocks and her sisters Curlilocks and Purplelocks.
Boxes
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
The parents are at it again and they've kicked their kids out of the house to go play. Several groups of children are trying to think of something to do when they come across some boxes on the ground. Then the imagination takes over.
The Tremendous Traveling Melodrama and Vaudeville Show
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
A traveling performing troupe has come to town. The owners get everyone organized; the actors make some changes; the stagehands go spread the word through town; and the townspeople arrive. What a show as the villains take on the heroes and the vaudevillians perform in between acts.
Four Fables of Aesop: The North Wind and the Sun, The Tortoise and the Hare, Belling the Cat, The Ants and the Grasshopper
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Plays » Ancient & Classical
This play starts with Anthula, a young Greek girl, who has just returned from the marketplace where she listened to a man named Aesop tell some interesting stories, mainly about animals. She’s not sure she understands the morals, so she tells the stories to the audience who sees them unfold before them. Characters are clothed in ancient Greek costume but have modern attitudes.
The Other Art: Theater Skills to Help Every Child (School Edition)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,740. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
In this easy DIY manual, teachers with little to no theater experience can teach theater skills to their students that boost esteem, confidence, and creativity. This step-by-step school edition was designed with teachers in mind. Each lesson has two short activities, an enrichment game and a true story of children in theater. Just open the book and begin!
The Other Art: Theater Skills to Help Every Child (Home Edition)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,760. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Performing Arts / Theater
In this easy DIY theater manual, parents, grandparents & others can enrich a child's life with theater skills that boost esteem, confidence, and creativity. This step-by-step home edition was designed for an adult and child - or a few children - to enjoy together. Each lesson has two short activities, an enrichment game and a true story of children in theater. Just open the book and begin!
Short Scripts for 2-3 Kids
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Price: $3.97 USD. Words: 12,070. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
Young actors can have fun performing 15 short (2-5 min.) plays with a sibling, cousin or friend, in the living room, backyard, or wherever the opportunity exists. Many of the scripts in the collection are humorously based on well-known tales with twists so they can be performed by a cast of 2 or 3. Four of the plays can be performed by more. Basic stage terms & notes are included.

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