Interview with Marcia Borell

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is making a group of words take the reader to a different place. To hear, touch, smell or feel something totally different from the place they are reading. To bring adventure, mystery, hope, sorrow, all sorts of different things together to create a journey that carries the reader from page to page.
What are you working on next?
I love the challenge of short fiction. My next project is to write micro, drabbles, and flash fiction. Flash would be the longest with 500 words. Half will be previously published and the rest will be new.
Who are your favorite authors?
I think my favorite would be Isaac Asimov. I loved how I became one of his dear readers. It was more like an interesting and exciting conversation.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A cup of coffee, my camera, and computer. This can include jumping in my car to make it to the beach right before the rain begins to hit the water so that I can capture the clouds and the rain falling on the hills beyond the bay. These shots will become scenes in a story. I down load it to my computer so that it is right there ready to be written, altered, or enhanced.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I make art. I love creating things. I work in various mediums. When you read something I have written that details making something. . .it usually did not come from research alone - it is comes from something I have done before or at the very least experienced in a workshop.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book would be from the Nancy Drew series. I was in elementary school and it created a love for mysteries and detection. Which started me on Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes. I will be publishing some flash fiction featuring a film noir styled detective.
How do you approach cover design?
It depends on the book. I designed the covers for the two books I have on Smashwords. Each is very different, each conveys a different message to enhance the title and create interest in the story. I use photography or drawing/painting.
What do you read for pleasure?
Reading is a pleasure. I read anything from how to do books, to sci-fi, to fantasy, to mystery. I would rather write horror than read it because I can create the ending to be less dark.
Describe your desk
I usually don't sit at a desk. I sit on the floor at the coffee table. That way I have plenty of room to keep props handy. Important to test out which hand of your character can do this or that and move in which directions. I learned this when I did an illustration and figured out it would be impossible for some one to hold their hand like that. It also keeps my cup of coffee out of the inside of my computer. Did that once. . .and it was an emergency run to the computer doctor. I am typing on the victim right now. It did get a new keyboard and a good cleaning.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a medium sized town where kids could walk and ride bikes from early morning until it got dark. I met a lot of strong independent young characters. I even wrote a short story that detailed a game would would play at night in the fall when the sun went down early. Ever play seven steps around the house? It was a great game.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had the mother of one of my toddler students ask me how she could get her son to brush his teeth. I drew up a book for him which was the beginning of this one. It went through a couple of reincarnations, was to be published, then the publisher went out of business, lost the files, and after several years found my sketches again and redid them to fit a vertical format, and it is now here on I am so very happy and excited to share this book with everyone.
Published 2014-05-24.
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Books by This Author

The Peep Of Wilde Chicz
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Several years ago I began making Wilde Chicz postcards. I wanted to create images that would work well with my wacky sense of humor. I also wanted each image to be bright and colorful. Each Wilde Chicz has her own sense of style and something she loves. One loves to dance, one loves her cat, one loves being queen, and one loves to nibble the ears off of chocolate rabbits. Enjoy with cup of coffee.
Toothbrush A Day with Correy the Toothbrush
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Body
Jon discovered that he had a little problem. He had left his toothbrush Correy sitting alone in his cup for too long. Correy the Toothbrush says, "Brush your teeth up and down. Move that brush round and round." This book is laugh out loud slightly kid appealing gross with just enough healthy tooth care information. Suitable for toddlers, early readers, and the young at heart.
Meditations: Between the Light and the Storm
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Meditation
We all live somewhere between the light and the storm. I hope that these unique guided imagery meditations will take you on joyful journeys. They are filled with warmth and a touch of playful humor. Two introductory meditations are followed by four possible endings. This allows you the freedom to create the meditation experience that will be the most helpful for you at this moment in time.