Interview with Kathy Marshall

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as a child. I loved mysteries; Nancy Drew was a favorite. Early on I was introduced to classics like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I loved the dramatic landscapes and volatile characters. My early writing was a 'Nancy Drew on the moors meets Scooby Doo' adventure!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to share the thoughts and running commentary ever present in my head! Seriously, the chance to have someone who reads my work be inspired, encouraged or just have a much needed laugh.
What do your fans mean to you?
Hmmm...currently my fans are blood relatives so they mean a lot!
What are you working on next?
Two separate projects: the first is more non-fiction, a piece on parenthood; the second is a fiction based around two friends.
Who are your favorite authors?
The Bronte sisters, Rene Gutteridge, and Tim Downs.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being blessed with waking up every morning is motivation enough.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) The Holy Bible. Speaks for Itself.
2) Jane Eyre; I admire the main character and the fact the storyline has the characters face consequences.
3) Wuthering Heights: the vivid scenery that is detailed.
4) Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom: a story of true forgiveness and overcoming a horrific experience.
5) Shoo Fly Pie by Tim Downs: my favorite fictional character introduced, the Bugman.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The recently published book, Backseat Wars, comes from my past family vacations. We love sitting around and retelling various stories of funny events we've had along the way. Hopefully readers will have a laugh as well, or appreciate their own family more!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being outdoors is how I love to spend my time. Rain or shine, being out is so freeing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I believe it was a mystery about an adventurous group of kids who come across an Egyptian mummy. It came complete with construction paper binding and detailed Crayola artwork!
What is your writing process?
The idea comes to me, I write a loose outline highlighting things I don't want to forget, and then I just start writing. I use the computer and also paper and a pencil. It adds more time but I feel I have a better flow on paper.
Published 2015-05-01.
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