Interview with Marcia Canter

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have loved Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird since I read in the 60s. To me, she told a story that kept me reading without ever being bored. I related to the small town life; I admired Atticus Finch so much for his courage; and Scout for standing up for what she believed in when she wasn't that much younger than I was when I read it.

Almost ironically another favorite is Gone With the Wind. I think it is the strong women characters that captured my attention.

I read a lot of self help books and probably the first was Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. That put some things in perspective for me and made me more responsible. More recently Brene Brown books have spoken to me in that admitting I am afraid, but still going on is important. And for fun, I didn't put down The Hunger Games---I thought it was exciting and relevant at the same time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have been in a reading group for almost 30 years and we read women authors. I am also addicted to self-help books.
Describe your desk
Messy, extremely messy. What is great about my desk is that it is on the second floor, looking out an attic window.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm outside Scotland, South Dakota. I think the farm and my family shaped my view of many things in terms of not putting great value on material items. Some of the things that happened when I was growing up trigger the ideas for my books. We had horses which was probably a foolish luxury but my dad liked them too. We heard stories about people and places and that made us all pretty creative. I think my characters are what my mom would call "common" but in a good sense. They are down to earth, hard-working, caring people.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote by hand a novella about girls being kidnapped at a slumber party when I was in eighth grade.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was ready to put my work out, even if the traditional publishers were not.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started writing it right after I quit corporate life in 1993. Like Kate, I felt overwhelmed and out of control. I also had a friend going through a divorce and it caused me to wonder when you would forgive someone in a case of infidelity.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two things---a collection of Christmas stories that are a bit dark than most and a book for kids in the upper elementary school who help fight malaria.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to be busy. I am youth director at my church and work on various outreach programs.
Published 2014-09-19.
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Books by This Author

Every Woman's Tale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,080. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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Kate Sullivan can juggle family and work, solve programming snafus, and smack a mountain lion on its snout while backpacking, but finds it overwhelming to decide whether she can or should forgive her husband for a one night stand.