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Summer Spotlight: L. Marie

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It’s Me, L. Marie

Hi, I’m L. Marie. Everyone so far has been a tough act to follow. I’m a little nervous, so please bear with me. Um, let me see. You want to know about me. Perhaps this would go more smoothly if you asked me questions before I answer the ones that Jill provided. I’ll pretend that you did.

You: I’m guessing you’re some sort of blogger?

Me: Yes. My blog is El Space: The Blog of L. Marie. I blog about writing and life. Both are broad topics, so that leaves me with plenty of subtopics on which to write. So of course I’ve chosen topics like the perfect bathroom reading and the use of hand puppets to brighten one’s day.

You (momentarily stunned into silence by that remark): Um, moving on, what’s with the name L. Marie?

Me: L. Marie is a pen name (hence the Scaredy Squirrel photo rather than a photo of me). Over a year ago, I established my blog under it, because I plan to publish fiction under that name. I’ve published books under my “real” name before. They’re very different from my current fiction. I’m used to writing books mainly for kids 9-12. But I’m currently working on a young adult fantasy series—not something I’d want my young readers to read. It’s fairly violent, but not gratuitously.

You: What’s your background?

Me: Glad you asked. I’ve been a ghostwriter, a book editor (fiction and nonfiction), a writer of devotionals, curriculum writer (I currently write curriculum for Pre-K-Grade 8—mostly pre-K and Kindergarten now; I’ve written textbooks for public schools), production editor, proofreader, copyeditor, and a manuscript reviewer for publishers. During my years as a manuscript reviewer, I read about 21,000 manuscripts. Yes. You read that right. I’ve also worked as a technical writer.

You: Um, could you answer Jill’s questions now?

Me: Certainly.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Definitely C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Because of the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I’m a fantasy writer today. I love the fact that their series can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I also love their approach to fantasy. Both were fervent admirers of fairy tales, but never saw them as stories only for children. I also love fairy tales. My parents used to read them to me at bedtime.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’d learn Mandarin. Though I spent a summer teaching in China (in WuJiang, a city near Shanghai), my Mandarin was fairly bad. I meant to improve, but I haven’t so far. One of my nephews, however, studied Mandarin in high school.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
The freedom to lie around in the backyard and daydream without worrying about deadlines, rent, or other bills. I also miss having a family in the same house. My parents and older brother live in a different state, so I don’t see them as often. My younger brother and his family live close by.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Becoming a writer full time. My parents hoped that I would be on the fast track toward success, which in their eyes meant being an engineer, a doctor, or a lawyer. In that way, I could live the American dream. But I’d begun writing stories when I was eight years old. They didn’t encourage my story writing and were quite dismayed that I went into the writing program as an undergraduate. They were afraid I’d wind up a broke writer eating a can of cold beans in someone’s garret. They weren’t the only ones. Others encouraged me to switch my major to “something useful.” Ha ha! I can’t say that the life of a writer is the easiest life. After years of trying to get a manuscript sold, I almost considered taking the LSAT while working at the American Bar Association. But I left that job and became a full-time editor. That’s when I published my first book. When I returned to grad school four years ago for an MFA, no one tried to tell me to switch to a more “useful” major.

If you could visit any place in the entire world, where would it be?
Everyone who knows me knows that I would love to go to Italy. I’ve wanted to go there ever since I was a kid and saw the movie Three Coins in the Fountain on TV. I’d stay at least three weeks. I’d also stop over in Ireland and Scotland.

Thank you for taking the spotlight, L Marie. I’m so happy you’ve pursued your dream of being a writer. Up next week, it’s Mark Anderson.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

122 thoughts on “Summer Spotlight: L. Marie

  1. Hi there L. Marie. It’s good to get to know a little bit more about you, however abstract! I’ve recently been dipping in and out of your blog so it’s nice to find out a little about the background to what/how/why you write.

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    • Hi, Jenny. I’m actually using my real name, though it is a pen name. Marie is my middle name. I dropped my last name. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Sorry about the prescription issue. That’s a drag!

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    • Hi Jenny! I feel the same…L. Marie is very mysterious :). I’ve enjoyed learning more about her. One thing I’ve learned over the past year and a half since we met is she has a heart of gold. She is always giving to others…something she didn’t mention, but this is my blog, so I will! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Fun read! I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for bringing it to us!

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  3. Reblogged this on El Space–The Blog of L. Marie and commented:
    Hi! Today, I’m over at the wonderful blog of the equally wonderful Jill Weatherholt! Stop on by if you have a minute!

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  4. I’ve been to Italy a few times-Rome, Assisi, and my honeymoon was at Lake Garda, which took in a day visit to both Venice and Verona. I think you would love it!
    Scotland is more my kind of place though-the Highlands and Orkney, but I have yet to make the trip over to Ireland. One day 🙂
    Thank you for this interview, enabling me to find out a little more about a long-followed blogger.

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  5. Nice to meet you, Karen! Jill is wonderful to let us hang out.

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  6. Great answers, nice to learn more about you! 🙂

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  7. Hi L. Marie, great to meet you here at Jill’s pad! Good for you for sticking to your writing dreams, I truly admire you for that. Lewis & Tolkien are two of my favourites too, amazing writers (love the films too, can’t wait for the final installment of The Hobbit this Christmas 😉 ). If you ever do make it to Italy, and I really hope you do, as well as Ireland and Scotland be sure to say hi to England too. If you go to Oxford you can sit in the very same pub – The Eagle and Child on St Giles Street – where they used to meet for lunch and chat about their writing. It’s very olde worldy and you’d love it! I wish you every success in your writing career 🙂

    Hi Jill! Another lovely blogger introduced by you! I hope things are going well and that you and DFD have a wonderful weekend. See you soon 🙂 xoxo

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    • Hi, Sherri! I’d love to go to England. There are soooo many places I’d love to visit. My younger brother has been to London twice. Twice! And I haven’t been there once! My older brother and sister-in-law are heading to Italy next year. Sigh.
      I’m also looking forward to The Hobbit, though I’m sad that this is it for the Tolkien adaptations, unless some brave director takes on some of the stories in The Silmarillion.

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      • Then you simply must make sure to go there L. Marie! But I know what you mean, I have such a long list of places I want to visit…much like my list of books I want to read, lol 😉 I do so hope you get to fulfill your travelling dreams though, I really do…
        And yes, it is very sad. What will we do? I wonder if The Silmarillion is next…? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
        Meanwhile, I’ll be over to your blog as soon as I can, great chatting with you 🙂

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    • Hi Sherri! Happy Friday! I so envy your world traveling ways. I think your comment has me and L. Marie salivating. 🙂 One day I hope DFD and I can enjoy a drink at your favorite pub. I’ll bet you know all of the bartenders. 🙂 They probably don’t call them bartenders, so I’ll let you correct me. 🙂
      Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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      • Haha…oh Jill, you always make me smile so much – and laugh out loud a fair bit too!! Remember we have a deal that when (not if!!) you and DFD visit we will be sitting beneath that alligator sculpture at the pub in Lewes sharing one or two pints? Then we will visit Oxford and visit the Eagle and Child. Talking of which, I did take some photos while there a few years ago,will have to take another look and see if there are any decent ones 😉
        And yes, we do call them bartenders over here, so you’re right on the money! As for knowing them all, I don’t but I tell you who does, especially down at his favourite pub in Brighton..and you know who I mean! It’s just across the road from where he lives with his flatmates and they take their cat Django with them on a cat lead where he is the star of the show. He loves it, can you believe it? I told Nicky he could write a story about it 😉
        Thanks Jill, a lot quieter than last weekend but hopefully can get down to some well overdue chores – more’s the pity but necessary o_O
        See you next week, take care xoxoxo

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      • Oh yes, Sherri…I know who you mean and I’ll bet Jenny does too! 🙂 Well, if Nicky isn’t willing to write the story, perhaps you can be the Ghostwriter, Sherri. 🙂
        One day we’ll share a pint under that alligator sculpture…how fun it will be!
        Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xo

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  8. Glad to meet you, L. Marie. I’m intrigued by your diverse professional background. I’m curious to know who your favorite middle grade and YA authors are?

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  9. Nice to meet you again, L. Marie! You say you went for a MFA just a few years ago? What was that experience like? I sometimes think about it, mainly for the discipline and stimulation. It seems like I have to have some kind of deadline, whether it’s NaNoWriMo or a course, to make me sit still long enough to write 🙂

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    • Hi and thanks for stopping by. Yes, I went to Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. My program was a low-residency program. You’re on campus for 20 days a year–ten in the winter and ten in the summer. It is a two-year program called Writing for Children and Young Adults. But at the end of it, you earn an MFA. There are two theses to write, however–a critical thesis and a creative thesis (a novel or a series of picture books).
      While you’re at home, you work with an academic advisor, who guides you through the writing process for the six months of the semester. I loved being in the program, though it was grueling!

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      • I would prefer a low-residency program … unless my retirement catches up with me and then I’m free to go to a brick-and-mortar school 🙂 Grueling is good when it means you’re writing!

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      • Hi, L. Marie. I’m glad to meet you. I also went to VCFA. It’s a wonderful program. I was living in the South Pacific at the time, and since the internet wasn’t commonly used for such things in the early 1990s, I had to send my assignments to my academic advisors by international snail mail. Getting to the residencies from Port Vila, Vanuatu, to Montpelier, VT, was tiring, so I usually came a day early and hung out at a B&B to get over jet lag. One year some other program was using the campus during what should have been our winter residency, so we were moved to a resort in Destin, FL. More fun times. I remember an alligator flapping his tail in a pond one night and a few run-ins with golfers who didn’t like writers and poets walking on paths meant for their golf carts. I’m a little slow. I just had my first novel published this year.

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    • Hi Marie! Thanks for popping over… you’re supposed to be “honeymooning” for your anniversary. 🙂 We are so much alike, I too work better with a deadline. The more time I have, the more I waste. 🙂
      Enjoy your trip! xo

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  10. Hi, Gwen!
    Thanks for asking that question. I started writing stories after reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It is the book that made me decide to write. Love Kate DiCamillo, Susan Cooper, Sheila Turnage (Three Times Lucky), E. B. White, Christopher Paul Curtis, Rita Williams-Garcia, and many, many others for MG. For YA, love Markus Zusak (The Book Thief especially), Robin McKinley, Garth Nix (Sabriel is my favorite), Melina Marchetta (anything she writes), Jaclyn Moriarty, Juliet Marillier (also her adult books), Neil Gaiman (pretty much anything he writes), Shannon Hale (particularly Goose Girl). I also LOVE Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, which is split over YA and adult. Love epics like Beowulf, The Iliad, and The Odyssey.

    Um, are you sorry you asked? I’m pretty eclectic in my reading. I also love graphic novels like Jeff Smith’s Bone series, Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese, and his Avatar books–really, anything he produces. I grew up reading comic books, so I love a good Batman graphic novel.

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  11. We went to a cocktail party last night to toast a teacher who’s leaving today for a two-year teaching assignment in China. Among all the other goodies were Fortune Cookies ~> with a fortune on one side and a word in English and Chinese symbols on the back.

    We found words like “Today” and “Vegetable” when Sue needs to learn “Wine” and “Chocolate.”

    Here’s to FREEDOM and the willingness to follow our own road!

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  12. Ha! So true! Before I went to China, we made dumplings. We also went to many restaurants! I have to say though that the American version of Chinese food is very different from what we ate in China.
    I’m all for following your own path!

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    • I would imagine it’s very different, L. I probably wouldn’t recognize my favorite American version of Chinese…Chicken Fried Rice. I’m not very experimental when it comes to foreign foods. 🙂

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    • Which do you prefer, American-Chinese food or Chinese-Chinese food? I think I liked Chinese-Chinese food, or maybe I just remember it that way. I like trying new things.

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  13. “I read about 21,000 manuscripts”—Wow. Just wow. :0

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  14. Very nice to meet you L. Marie! It has been great each Friday meeting new and talented people here on Jill’s wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing so many interesting and unique details of your life. 🙂

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    • Hi Mark! It’s great to see you. I hope you’re keeping an eye out for our friend, Brutus. 🙂 I look forward to your turn in the spotlight next week.
      Happy Weekend!

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      • Thank you, Jill. I haven’t seen Brutus since he hit the “high seas” last week, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw him again next year, inching along up the slope from the lake on his way back to the swamp. I shall keep you posted! 🙂

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  15. Great interview! And I loved the shout-out to VCFA. No, we didn’t pressure anyone to go to law or business school. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything, even if it meant a garret and cold beans (or in my case feijão).

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  16. Hi, Mark! You’re up next week, right? Looking forward to it. 🙂

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  17. Hi L, very funny format–I loved it! Nice getting to know you–sort of. It’s hard to imagine the kind of fantasy a squirrel writes. I’m having a hard time recovering from hearing about the 21,000 manuscripts. Why you would want to write after going through that is a mystery to me! Now I will go count up all the undergraduate papers I’ve read so I can depress myself. Thank you!

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  18. Hi, Luanne. As a manuscript reader, I was the first to see the ones that came in the slush pile. Many, many people want to write a book. And many editors who worked for publishers also write books. After awhile, you gain a sense of what you’d like to see in a manuscript. Many teachers I know also are writers. They’re so used to the cadences of kids and can naturally reflect that in their writing.

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  19. Hi L. Marie! It was so interesting to me to read about your decision (against the wishes of your parents) to become a writer. And how it really has benefitted you. To live such a purist’s life. Very admirable!

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  20. Hi, Hollis
    It has meant that I can’t as yet wear a diamond tiara and sip champagne in Paris. But my garret is at least comfortable. 🙂
    Interestingly enough, my parents are now reconciled to my writing (or at least the fact that I haven’t stopped).

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    • Hi Hollis! I agree, L. Marie’s decision is admirable. From what I know of her and her relationship with her family, it doesn’t surprise me that they were supportive.
      Enjoy your weekend! I’m sure you’ll be spending some time on the phone with your daughter. 🙂

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  21. Nice to meet you, L. Marie! I enjoyed the whimsy at “The Blog of L. Marie”

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  22. Thanks, Shel! I’m a big fan of whimsy!

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    • Hi Shel! I’ve been reading L. Marie’s blog for over a year and what comes to mind is from Forrest Gump…”Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” L’s blog is full of surprises.
      Happy Weekend!

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  23. I am so excited to know more about L. Marie! I have been so enjoying this author introduction feature of yours, Jill.
    I would like to go to Rome, Italy and see that fountain, I would also like to go back in time, where it was a carefree place, lying in the grass, looking out at the creek, dropping daisy petals into it, saying, “He loves me, he loves me not…” I think this worked, it made me want to follow you and know you even more, L. Marie!
    Jill, you ask the best questions and chose the most interesting and varied writers! Loved this one, too! Smiles, Robin

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    • Thank you! 😀 I’ve enjoyed this series too. Thanks for stopping by. Have you been to Italy before?
      I’ve done my share of petal dropping and saying, “He loves me, he loves me not.” Unfortunately, the latter turned out to be the definitive answer sometimes.
      Yes, Jill asks great questions and has a great blog in general.

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    • Hi Robin! I appreciate your kind words. Although there are many writers in the spotlight, I opened it up to everyone. I’m blessed to have a wide range of readers who are also artists, photographers and bloggers like yourself who blog for our enjoyment. 🙂
      Have a great weekend!

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  24. Thank you Jill and Linda for this wonderful interview. Two of my favorite bloggers in one spot. And 21,000 manuscripts? Oi vey…hurts my eyes just thinking about it.

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    • Hey, Phillip! So glad to hear about your son’s arrival!! He’s quite the cutie.
      Yes, that’s over nine years of being a manuscript reader, plus another two years reviewing for a different publisher. So I totally get the frustration of writers who submit to agents and publishers but hear, “No.”

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    • Hi Phillip! I really appreciate you taking the time to pop over. We’ve so enjoyed your photos of the newest McCollum…Angus…he is so sweet!
      I know…21,000 manuscripts….talk about dry eyes!
      Enjoy your weekend and keep those photos coming.

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  25. Wonderful to meet you L. Marie. Love the hand puppets idea 😀 I too love Tolkien and Lewis and many of my earliest stories were fantasy. Nowadays I’m trying to stick to historical fiction but I find it impossible to keep the story free of mythical and magical elements. Will mosey on over to your blog now…

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  26. Hi, Yolonda! Historical fiction is awesome. I’m a great fan of nineteenth century British lit, particularly Dickens. 🙂 Love early 20th century as well, especially Stella Gibbons’s Cold Comfort Farm.
    Do you have a particularly period that you like to stick to?

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  27. It’s wonderful to meet you, L. Marie. I was just cruising your blog after reading this and pushed that ‘follow’ button. I love your answers to Jill’s questions – very neat indeed! 😀

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  28. Thank you, Dianne. So lovely to meet you too. This is a fine corner of the world in which to meet up. 😀 Thanks for cruising by.

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  29. Wow! A ‘real’ writer! I am impressed and humbled at the credentials and at the drive, L. I’m still not sure how to address you but that doesn’t matter. Your gerbera is singing out at me from your Gravator 🙂
    I think you’d have a lot in common with my daughter. She favours your kind of fiction and always amuses me when I visit by leaving some suitable literature in the bathroom. 🙂 It’s usually a book on period costume or art work though. I sincerely hope you make it to Italy. It’s a beautiful place.

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    • Thanks, Jo! You can call me L. or even Linda or Marie. I’ve been enjoying your blog. At least I get to travel through that! 😀
      I also have a lot of nonfiction books lying around, including The Book of the Sword (Richard Francis Burton) and Medieval Costume and Fashion (Herbert Norris). Both have been invaluable to me as I write fantasy books.
      I will make it a priority to reach Italy. I need to do some research there. (And by research I mean I want to visit the restaurants.)

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      • That’s the kind of research my daughter likes too 🙂 She honeymooned in Venice 18 months ago.
        I thought you might be a Linda but wasn’t sure. I’m always glad of a travelling companion so welcome aboard. 🙂

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    • Hi Jo! I agree, L’s credentials are very impressive and her head is packed full of so much knowledge. 🙂 For those of us who aren’t able to travel as much as you, we’re fortunate to have your blog where we can escape throughout the week! Enjoy your weekend, Jo!

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  30. Very nice to meet you L. Marie! The 21,000 books has me saying WOW too! I am looking forward to clicking over to your blog because I enjoy whimsy! Hello Jill!

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  31. Hi L. Marie! I enjoyed reading about you. I like the interview between the readers and you😄 you’ve got quite an impressive background. Best wishes with all you do.

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  32. Dios Mio! Two of my fave bloggers all in one page. Don’t know if I can contain my excitement. Love you both! 🙂

    L.Marie, I knew you were an accomplished and mega-talented woman but GEEZ! Those there are a lot of accomplishments. A puppeteer too? So glad you listened to your heart and followed your passion.

    Italy is on my bucket list as well. I have been to Spain which was amazing but Italy is next for me…maybe now that my nest is empty.

    I am so glad I got to know you and I thank you again for your kindness and generosity.
    *Hi Jill, you rock for featuring us on here and just for being you! 🙂

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    • Hi, Maria. Thank you! I can’t take credit for puppeteering. I just have a handpuppet. I’ve made finger puppets though, if that counts for anything. 🙂 I hope we both get to Italy. Maybe I’ll see you and Mr. Brickhousechick there. 🙂

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    • Hi Maria! We love you too! How fun would it be if the three of us took a trip to Italy? Ever since I saw the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” I’ve been dying to go.
      You rock too! I hope you’re having a great weekend and feeling good Maria. xoxo

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  33. Hi L. Marie. It’s a heck of a thing trying to make a living as a writer isn’t it? So few people are good at it, yet no one wants to pay much for the service. Glad you made it work.

    I’m curious about this last name you dropped. Was it drawing unwanted attention, like ‘L. Marie Bubblewrap” or too pretentious, like “L. Marie Windsor-Edenflower, Duchess of The Floating Pyramid”? Or maybe it was simply too hard to pronounce, like, “L. Marie Gkjdfskniudfeginu9993runawayrunaway.” The public wants to know!

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    • It’s a common name. But since I’m published under it and those books are very different from my current work, When I was a kid, I read everything some authors wrote. I wouldn’t want an eight year old to think, “I’ll just read something else she wrote” and pick up my fiction, which is definitely geared to older teens.

      I do like the name Bubblewrap though. Perhaps I’ll use it for a picture book or something.

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    • You’re crazy, Eric! I was eating some carrots while reading your comment and I almost choked. 🙂
      I hope you’re having a great weekend and behaving yourself.

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  34. Nice to meet you L. Marie and good for you for pursuing your dream to be a full time writer. I love ‘Three coins in the fountain’ – it was a movie my mother introduced me to – she loved Rome and I do too, the Trevi Fountain being my favourite place in the city 🙂

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    • Hi, Andrea! So you’ve been to Rome? How lovely. And now I have the urge to see that movie again. I’ll have to get it through Netflix.
      My parents have never been to Europe, but my brothers have been there.

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re in pursuit of your dreams. 🙂

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    • Hi Andrea! I love the movie and the song. I hope you’re having a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

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  35. I’ve been a fan of L. Marie for a while now, but it is nice to read more about the person! I like these blog interviews – what a great way to learn more about someone!

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  36. What a great interview, Jill & L. Marie! And great to learn more about you, L. Marie, and all the different kinds of writing you have done/do.

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  37. Wow, L. Marie–that many manuscripts???
    What a fun interview this was, and your Scaredy-Squirrel pic would make a very interesting author picture for a book, too!

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    • Hi, Marylin! Yes, he would. I also have a stuffed lion that is pretty cute. A stuffed dolphin sits on top of that. The dolphin was a gift from a little girl who is dolphin obsessed.
      Yes, that many. And I was being conservative. I’ve probably seen more than that in over a decade of reviewing manuscripts. But many publishers see more than that!
      Thanks for stopping over!

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    • Hi Marylin! Thanks for stopping by to meet L. Marie, she is a reviewing machine! Have a great week!

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  38. I was discouraged to be a writer, too. So much so, that I thought I couldn’t do it and had no self-confidence. I tried on and off for years while working “real jobs.” Finally, at age 40, I became a full-time writer, too. Thanks for sharing yourself here, L.Marie.

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    • Hi Lori! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I might need to wait until I’m 70 to become a full-time writer…after Social Security and Medicare have kicked in. 🙂 Enjoy your week!

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    • Lori, I’m glad you decided to go for it. You would have liked my MFA program. The average student age (when I was a student) was around 40. 🙂 With writing, it’s never too late to try.

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  39. Hi there, L Marie. Nice to meet you. Very impressive background info. I love that you have stuffed animals. I have a frog that dances and a very, very soft and cuddly turtle. 😀 We have another thing in common. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy too. Have a lovely day!

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  40. Hi, Elizabeth. Your cuddly turtle sounds awesome. I have a collection of soft lambs and a lion who is on top of my printer, looking over my work.
    I have a croaking frog somewhere. He croaks Christmas carols. 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful day too.

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  41. Hello L. Marie. I loved your summer spotlight here at Jill’s place. I will be popping over to check out your blog. It sounds like you have done many, many things! How did you go about getting your first book published, and what is it?

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    • Hello! Thank you. And thanks for wanting to stop by my blog. I’m published under my name. Since I’m established my blog under this pen name, if I were to tell you what my first book was, I’d have to tell you my name (which would defeat the purpose of trying out a pen name for my new venture in fiction). 😀 My first book was a book of children’s songs. It’s long out of print. That was a long time ago. It was published by a publishing company where I worked as a curriculum editor. So, getting published was fairly easy in that regard, since they needed writers and there I was. What was harder was selling books outside of a company for which I was employed. I had an agent for a nonfiction book on C. S. Lewis that was sold to St. Martin’s Press. I no longer have that agent. Again, that was written under my full name.

      Thanks for asking.

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    • Hi Patsy! Thanks for stopping by. L. Marie has quite the resume. I’m not sure how she has time to squeeze in blogging, but she does.
      Enjoy your week and thank you again for everything!

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  42. Hi. Some authors use a pen name, because the name they’re published under is associated with a certain type of work. For example, J. K. Rowling writes adult mysteries under a pen name. They’re very different from her Harry Potter series.

    Are you thinking about an agent yourself? If so, consider agents who specialize in your genre or market. I write for kids and teens, so I usually look for agents who specialize in books for kids and teens.

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