Laurie Marks


Laurie J. Marks has published nine fantasy novels, including Dancing Jack, The Watcher’s Mask and the Elemental Logic series (Fire Logic, Earth Logic, Water Logic, and Air Logic). She has been writing since her childhood in California, inspired by the works of C.S. Lewis and Lloyd Alexander. Her books have been shortlisted for the James D. Tiptree Award, and have twice been awarded the Lambda Award. Laurie J. Marks lives in Massachusetts with her wife, Deb Mensinger, and their Welsh corgi, Serendipity.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember writing it, as I was three years old. And no, I didn't know how to write. I drew the story in pictures and narrated it to my father, who wrote it down and then had his secretary type it. Let me just add that I grew up in a stereotypical 1950s family, in a neighborhood of ranch houses where the kids played kickball in the street. Yet I was troubled by repeating nightmares because whenever I looked at anything, I perceived it to be composed of moving dots of color which I found quite threatening, a fact that baffled my parents. My first story recounted one of my color dreams.
What is your writing process?
People often describe me as organized, and assume I'm being modest when I answer that I'm compensating for extreme forgetfulness and disorganization. Similarly, my writing process is so messy it's difficult to describe, but fortunately I do write in a linear fashion from beginning to end. I don't start writing unless I know the beginning and the ending, but what is to happen in-between always is a mystery to me and, needless to say, I frequently can't figure out my own story. Fortunately, writing is a kind of thinking, and if I just keep putting words on paper, the story emerges. Even more fortunately, I enjoy revising, because I am fated to do an awful lot of it. For me, revising is real writing, and I rush through the first draft since I know I'll throw the whole thing out, anyway.
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The Watcher's Mask
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,150. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Newly published by the award-winning author! Jamil is a multi-souled Separated One, who serves the Emperor of the island nation of Callia. Jamil awakens to find herself inexplicably lost in the wilderness. She must return to the Emperor to avert a danger that is entangled with her own forgotten history. For Callia was built on the back of a sleeping dragon, and the dragon is awakening.
Dancing Jack
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,790. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2023. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Now back in print, from the acclaimed award-winning author. Memories of loss drive Ash of Ashland to take her dog and leave her farm, to seek out the fate of her brother’s children. But she is taken hostage on a renegade riverboat and is forced to travel against the current, toward the past, where a lost king, lost friendship, and lost power offer danger and hope for the plague-devastated land.