Interview with Carmen Marden

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Absolutely! Remember those book buying pages that you would get from school? Well I remember begging my parents to spend the 50 cents to buy me the Little House on the Priaire book. I read and reread that book until it fell apart! That summer I discovered the library and from then on I was hooked! I was 10 years old.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read almost anything. I don't really have a 'favorite' genre because I'm interested in so many different subjects.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Amazon Kindle.
Describe your desk
I have a desk but I rarely use it. I do a lot of my writing outside of home because being a single mom I am always on the run.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 12 years old. When I look back now I wish that I would have kept all those 'books', just to see how far I've come. But my first time being published was when I was 16. The Milwaukee State Journal had published a small paragraph I had written for a class I was in. I was so proud of myself!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The traditional publishing industry is so difficult to break into. There are so many talented writers out there but without a publisher to take them on and give them a chance, their voices will never be heard. Indie publishing lets your voice be heard.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. They are the greatest joy in all of this and I love hearing from them. I love knowing that I have contributed to their day, even if it's just a smile.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The last word on the last page! That feeling of accomplishment when you have finished the story you set out to write.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of different projects in the works right now. I love writing all of them so It's hard to pick just one.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many it would take me a week to list them all! I have a serious book addiction!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids and my writing. They are what keep me motivated. Three teenagers will do that for you so a lot of times the writing is my salvation when times get crazy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, reading and more reading. Also, house cleaning, laundry and, oh, working a full time job on the side. There is never enough time in a day for everything on my 'to do' list!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just type in a subject and away I go...another hour has gone by in a blink!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes and it was horrible!
What is your writing process?
I get the ideas popping in my head to the point where I've had to start keeping a notebook so I don't forget them! Then, one will take hold of me and I'll become obsessed with it until I actually sit down and write it all out. If it's nonfiction I'll create a table of contents but for everything else I just write until it's done and let it take me where it wants.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Milwaukee, on the south side. I think that being able to explore such a large city growing up helped expose me to different cultures and opened that 'box' that people sometimes get trapped in when there isn't enough diversity. It made me see the way different people interacted with each other, different traditions that they celebrated and different ways of thinking. I remember one time when I was a child at Christmas and my parents had taken me to a mall to see Santa. There was a Jewish gentleman stand in the mall with a large sign that had numbers on it. When I asked my mother why she told me that he was looking for someone. I never would have seen him if I had grown up in a small town. Growing up in a city makes you realize how big and how different the world looks to everyone. Everyone has a story behind them and that sign was part of his.
Published 2013-11-11.
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