Interview with Mari Collier

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in Iowa. Family life, church, and relatives were important. Schooling, reading, and the economic necessity of working together were stressed. Those values are incorporated into my novels.
When did you first start writing?
I first started in grade school during the sixth and seventh year. The two girls in my class wanted another story from me after we had turned in our short stories for an English lesson.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is extremely difficult to publish with large publishers or connect with an agent when one lives in the high desert. It does matter who one knows and your different affiliations These do not exist in a small town..
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The first short story I published on Smashwords has drawn over two hundred and sixty downloads. That is a wider audience than I can reach here.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The though that someone somewhere will find the same pleasure in reading a story that I have found. I really do write for someone else to enjoy.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on two different projects. I want to publish another anthology of short stories from the Northwest and also publish the fourth novel in my Science Fiction series.
Who are your favorite authors?
That could be quite a list. For fiction it would be James Clavell, Frank Herbet, and Shirley Jackson. Will and Ariel Durant are my favorite non-fiction authors. There are more, but all of the fiction writers blend family history into their genre.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sun is shining and it is a new day to discover new things.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mundane house and yard chores take a great deal of time. I also volunteer at our local museum and at present serve on the Board of Directors. I'm also the Coordinator of the Desert Writers Guild, and congregational secretary for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I'm usually reading two or three books, and daily newspaper, and I have a subscription to two magazines.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the ebooks I've read have been recommended by authors in the online writing groups. Another one was recommended by one of the members of the Literary Society.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, yes, I certainly do. For the English lesson I wrote about a man that lived for centuries as he had been cursed to wander the Earth. It seems my tales were twisted even at the age of eleven..
What is your writing process?
I sit down and write the story that is in my head. There is no other way to explain it. Sometimes I know there is a story there, but it will be all blurry until it is ready to be written.
Describe your desk
Oh, oh! I have notes, cards, a Nintendo paperweight, ceramic holder for pens, pencils, and stray paper clips, a pencil sharpener, a microphone, my desktop, monitor, and speaker. My keyboard, however, is not cluttered.
Published 2013-08-30.
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