Janna Marlies Maron


A self-proclaimed “woman in progress,” I am most passionate about creativity and the power of the written word. I see myself as something of a creative curator—a facilitator, if you will. I enjoy almost nothing more than piecing together smaller components (both tangible and abstract) and rearranging them until they meld into a larger, cohesive whole.

If I had to sum up what I’m all about in two words they would be: authentic storytelling. That’s the core of why I write, why I publish stories and why I teach others to write their story. I tell stories that challenge and inspire people to pursue the potential of their creativity; I nurture creativity by making space for exploring and showcasing creativity.

My past professional experience includes time as a staff writer for a weekly community newspaper in El Dorado Hills, California; time as the managing editor for a company that publishes community magazines in the greater Sacramento area; and time as an independent freelance writer and editor.

These days, you could call me a Jill-of-all-trades. I run a coworking space in Downtown Sacramento with my husband; I publish a quarterly literary arts journal; I take on select editing projects; I have an MA in creative writing, and teach at two college campuses. Oh, and, I also have my own writing to pursue. My writing appears in all different forms: blog posts, weekly emails, ebooks, editor’s letters in Under the Gum Tree, feedback for my students and clients, even craigslist ads. You can read more of my personal journey on my blog at jannamarlies.com/blog.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I'm mobile most of the time so I don't have one designated desk. At home my desk is an antique baker's table with white legs and a green tabletop. I try to keep it clutter-free, but inevitably papers or books pile up leaving just enough space for my laptop to slide right in the middle of it all. It's against a wall so when I sit at it, right in front of my face are two student-size white boards. One says "The story I tell myself creates the reality I experience," and the other has my list of inspirational things: write, read, journal, chat with friends, tell stories, sip coffee, bike around town, share, visit art galleries and museums, notice creativity in others, community. Other places where I have temporary desks include Weatherstone, the coffee shop around the corner form my house; Old Soul on Broadway where I host a weekly writing meetup; and ThinkHouse Collective, a coworking community in Sacramento that my husband and I run together.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco, California. I would say the location doesn't necessarily influence my writing as much as HOW I was raised does--I was raised in a conservative Christian household and went to a private Christian school until I graduated the eighth grade and then went to the public high school one mile down the road from our house. After that I went to a fundamental baptist college. Each of these experiences indoctrinated me in very different ways, which I now try to understand and make sense of by writing.
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Where to find Janna Marlies Maron online


How To Manage Depression Without Drugs
Janna Marlies Maron on How to Manage Depression Without Drugs


How To Manage Depression Without Drugs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,770. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
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How to Manage Depression Without Drugs presents five proven steps to re-write your story, and is a practical guide to fighting depression without resorting to anti-depressant drugs.

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