Marcy Sheiner


Marcy Sheiner’s articles, reviews, short stories, and opinion pieces have been published in print and online, as well as in many anthologies. Her short story collection, Love and Other Illusions, was published in 2013 by Rennaisance Books and is available as a Kindle book at Amazon. She has written one memoir (Perfectly Normal, available at iUniverse) and one self-help book (Sex for the Clueless, available at Amazon); collaborated with Brandon Wade on Connecting With the In Crowd (available at Amazon); edited a dozen anthologies of erotic fiction (also at Amazon); and has ghostwritten seven full-length works of non-fiction.Her blog, Dirty Laundry, is no longer active, but contains over 600 posts at

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all around New York State: the Bronx, Queens, Long Island, Woodstock, Manhattan. I'm not sure how New York influenced my writing; I wonder how anyone can ever be sure of something like that? How would you know if something about yourself was influenced by geography rather than genetics or religion, astrology or family? I do know that being a New Yorker influenced who I am as a person. I didn't even know I had a strong New York identity though until I moved to California when I was 45. Californians constantly made comments on my "honesty," with surprise or admiration, and I realized it was a trait common to most of us back East. Some Californians refer to it as being open; other times I'm called direct, or straightforward--and then sometimes negative, aggressive or loud-mouthed. My neighbors once yelled at me for making noise during a Yankee baseball game on Opening Day of the season. Now I ask you: would they do such a thing in New York? They would not.
When did you first start writing?
I'm not sure when I wrote my first piece of writing, but in fifth grade I changed the lyrics of the song "16 Tons,” to what I don’t remember, and my teacher loved it so much she took me around to all the fifth grade classes to sing it. It was my first lesson in the difference between the act of writing and the drain of self-promotion. My next writing memory is from high school, when my English teacher, I was told, read one of my essays out loud to whoever was around while he was grading our papers.
I wrote the first of five novels in my late 20's.
Read more of this interview.


This member has not published any books.

Smashwords book reviews by Marcy Sheiner

  • I am John Galt on Sep. 06, 2011

    I bet there's a whole contingent of people who, like Mark Fitzgerald, author of "I Am John Galt." studied and adored Ayn Rand at some younger age, learned how to "check your premises," and then realized she was a right-wing lunatic--and became lefties. I am one of these people myself. Unlike Mark Fitzgerald, though, I'd never dream of writing a book titled "I am John Galt" (one of Rand's characters). The book is a fast read, and the reader gets drawn in and wants to know what will happen, so in that sense it's worth a look. But not much is new or revelatory here and it's marred by too many typo's or misspellings and errors. Still, this is what we're going to get with our new REAL freedom of speech, and it's a good thing. I sort of recommend "I Am John Galt," especially to lefties who at one time rode Ayn Rand's rickety bandwagon. --Marcy Sheiner