Interview with Marianne Azizi

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is about keeping a promise. I never knew when I made the promise to my husband 'never to give up, even if he didn't know who he was' that it would take me on such a rollercoaster. The story speaks to a reader on many levels. Firstly the love, then the fight for justice in a corrupt system. The gradual mental and emotional disintegration of my partner and my own crept up on us. The more I fought, the more he gave up as he felt hopeless and destroyed. I wrote a lot of this book in 'real time', so it is my personal journey rather than a detached perspective. I hope one day my partner will be free and able to recover, but more importantly the awareness and sharing of this story will prevent needless deaths in Israel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Realising I had touched upon a topic which wouldn't get mainstream publishing support, I knew the only way forward was to do it myself. It's never been about sales and profit, it was important I told my story without politically correct changes!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I found Smashwords to be extremely helpful. My book was approved very quickly and their support was second to none. As far as success is measured, just the knowledge that they will show it to a wider audience is great.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write from my heart, and make no apologies if I'm not putting an intellectual argument correctly. I believe that personal experiences can touch a reader perhaps more than just facts. The real joy is sharing an occasional insight and knowing it's had a positive effect.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on my second book, which again will be based on fact and real experiences, this time of others. Too early to spill the beans!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Last year I was critically ill. I also lost my mother who was my inspiration. Life is too short and I am inspired always by eternal hope. My children deserve my best efforts to be the best I can be. That's not to say I don't have my lazy moments when all I wish I could do is pull the duvet over my head and stay there all day! I can't remember the last time I did that apart from being unwell.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first book that had an impact on me - Weaveworld, written by Clive Barker in 1987. It is a fantasy novel about a 'Fugue' and people living in a magical world woven into a rug. I didn't learn until many years later what a Fugue was, which can be a dissociative state when suffering a trauma. I find it remarkable that this book was to become something I would witness 25 years later.
What do you read for pleasure?
Crime thrillers. Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver. Pure escapism for me. I'll dive into lots of autobiographies as I love to see how people have achieved their destiny. I'm quite eclectic bookwise. I don't read romance novels or chick lit as they are very 'put downable' and I really want to get lost in a book. I remember reading Lord of the Rings, and as I was getting to the end I couldn't decide whether to slow down or rush through.
I always feel a little bit sad when I've finished a book because it's true that it's never possible to read them again with the same pleasure of wondering what will happen.
Describe your desk
My desk is not the tidiest place. I don't think I've ever had a tidy desk. My phones are next to me; a bottle of water is always nearby. A couple of candles are around, and lots of things I think I'll use but never do! I'd be lost without my computer and link to the world. I like my desk to be near a window so I can spend some time looking outside. The window is open all the time, and right now there is an empty coffee cup reminding me it must be the moment to go and put the kettle on again!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Yorkshire, the youngest of 6. My parents were deeply in love for the whole of their married life. I was taught from an early age that truth was important, and my father told me it was often a lonely road to stand for it and never give up. It was close to the sea, which I loved. My parents didn't have a lot of money but we never seemed to go without the things we needed. It was my mother who urged me to write though it has taken a long time for it to happen. Now my passion is to keep on writing, and keep telling stories which hopefully will inspire people.
Published 2014-07-25.
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Books by This Author

Sour Milk and Stolen Honey
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,340. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
One woman's fight to save her husband, held hostage by Israel's brutal family laws. She races against time to save a man as he disintegrates into PTSD. Her journey takes her even to the UN. A gripping read told in real time which gives an insight into the civil and human rights injustices inside Israel itself where a narcissist can be allowed to destroy a life using the corrupt domestic laws.