Marsha has always been intrigued with all things romantic but she believes the true test of a romance is embracing the unexpected and bizarre. She ventured into the field of communications, marketing and public relations as a career but in 2012, she decided to take a bold step and work from home and self-publish her work. This would give her time to dedicate herself to her life-long objectives of establishing a Caribbean Foundation for the promotion of books and becoming a published author of a series of novels ranging from romance to fiction to thrillers but all with her signature line of impossible humor.
Her daughter has also inspired her to establish a line of her own Children Books – “Aunty Marsha Children’s Books” which she writes and illustrates personally.
Marsha is the Regional Advisor for the Caribbean South Chapter of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators and is a member of Women in Art of Trinidad and Tobago.
She is married with one child.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am a bit of a coward when it comes to horror books and movies. So I wanted to write a soft Horror mixed with a Romance that would creep you out, but still warm you back up in the end. So the Ghost at 1 Cheshill Lane is a great Romance story for Halloween.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I live in the Caribbean and I love to write. I found that I spent so much time looking for an agent and/or publisher that all my writing time was slipping away. So I decided to concentrate on what I love to do, which is writing. In the process of writing and publishing on my own, if I meet the right agent or publisher we can talk but right now, this outlet gives me the most realistic chance to get my work to the public and get reviewed, so that I can improve my craft.
Magdalene inherits the neighborhood’s haunted house when her grandmother dies but she didn’t even know her family owned it. She bravely decides to move in and finds that the house is really haunted by a ghost who awakens her sensuality. As she digs into his past she unearths a family secret and comes face to face with a curse that threatens to hold more than her heart captive.
Bargained away to a strange husband, Luna’s role has been made clear by her father to keep the Lycan Alpha happy until the Blue Moon rises so her Fairy’s people can restore their flying magic. Arn opens up a world to Luna filled with passion and deep ecstasy but underneath his rough exterior she finds a dedicated family man and compassionate lover whose destiny is aligned with hers.
I appreciated the realness of the story as it looked at growing up in the Caribbean in a small village and the effects that it had on both of the main characters in Trinidad and even after migrating to Boston. The certainty that your childhood stays with you and shapes you into the person you become or doesn’t become holds true and it was well portrayed.
I have to admit that I took a while to get accustomed to the fact that the story had two main voices because Bea had frequent flashbacks to her childhood when the second character, Tina was also a child. I did a bit of re-reading before I could find my bearings. Nevertheless once found, I read it with ease and comfort.
I would have liked to find out more about how Bea made the transition from patient to doctor after that final blow with her mother. She didn’t have any support to overcome it and she had a bad track record. Her character matured somewhere in the book to take that leap of faith in the end and I was waiting for the flashback to go through it with her. I am also a sucker for a happy romantic endings and I was looking forward to at least one, but my bubble got burst quickly especially with the good doctor. Ha!
I connected with Tina, a very strong character who was dealt a hard deal in life and she pushed back, sometimes too hard while forgetting to develop principles of her own. Life really isn’t about how much you fall and she persevered into my heart as I routed for her in spite of and would love to hear more about her story.
The book touched on many family issues and lifestyle consequences like incest, adultery, divorce, domestic violence and everything in between. This is my first read from the author Ingrid Persaud and I look forward to reading other books from her.