First of, my apologies… this post was supposed to be up bright and early this morning for all to enjoy for the rest of the day but my life has gotten a little hectic lately. Not only did I start a job, the hubby also had an out-of-the-house job land in his lab and now our daily life and routine has been turned a bit upside down! More on that later – I promise!
Today, I would like you to join me in welcoming my bloggy friend and author T.B. Markinson to the blog. She just published her second novel – Marionette – and I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy to read and review. I love to read but feel that I am not the best book reviewer…
So, instead of writing a review, I’ve asked T.B.M. if she would write a few lines and share with us how she came up with the story of Marionette. I’m always fascinated by how authors come up with their story and the characters…
Here, without further ado – T.B. Markinson!!!
Susi has been kind enough to let me kidnap her blog for the day. Her only demand was that I share how I came up with the idea for my latest novel, Marionette. I know kidnappers aren’t supposed to give into demands, but how can anyone be mean to such a wonderful blogger.
Marionette is the second novel I’ve published, but it’s the first novel that I wrote. When I was in college I was determined to write a novel. In fact I set up a rigid writing deadline, which involved me getting up every morning at six to write. And I stuck with it for at least a week. What can I say, college kids and early mornings don’t mix well.
However, I kept at the writing off and on during my college years. Then life came at me fast. I graduated from college, had to pay rent, bills, and do my own laundry. For the first few years I struggled financially and wore a lot of pink shirts that used to be white.
A few more years passed and I had this nagging feeling that I had left something undone. Unfortunately money woes and working three jobs kept me busy and I didn’t do much writing.
Fast forward to 2011 and all of a sudden I found out my partner was being transferred to London. At the time, we lived in Boston. All of a sudden I was unemployed and it was finally time to decide if I wanted to make a go at being a writer.
But I didn’t pull out my first novel. Instead, I focused on the second novel that I had written over the previous two years. It was in much better shape.
Yet my first novel kept calling me. After I published A Woman Lost, I finally pulled Marionette (this wasn’t the original title) out of the drawer and blew off all the dust. Now remember I started writing this when I was nineteen—twenty years ago. I sat down and read it from beginning to end. And it was an experience. I couldn’t stop laughing. Why I invested so many hours writing that novel was a mystery to me. It was rubbish. Complete rubbish.
Well, not completely. I liked Paige, the main character. She was feisty, sarcastic,intelligent, and brave. The first thing I did was jot down some notes about Paige and the aspects of the story that I liked. Then I fed all of the pages into a shredder. I needed to break away from the original.
After getting the messy bit done, I sat down at my laptop and started pecking away on the keyboard. This time I stuck to a writing schedule and had the first draft four months later. The initial story was more about the college experience, which wasn’t too surprising since I was in college at the time. But there wasn’t too much to the story. Just one event after another without much rhyme or reason—more like a diary than a novel. I decided to add more complexity to the story. Make it more interesting. So I added some suspense, romance, and hopefully a few twists and turns.
I would like to thank Susi for hosting me today. If you would like to find out more about my novel, here’s the synopsis:
Paige Alexander is seventeen and has her whole life in front of her. One day her girlfriend comes home to discover that Paige has slit her wrists. Paige isn’t insane, but she acts like she is. Why?
After the incident, Paige agrees to go to therapy to appease her girlfriend, Jess. However, Paige doesn’t believe that therapy will help her. She believes she’s beyond help. Paige doesn’t want to find herself and she doesn’t want to relive her painful past in order to come to terms with it. What Paige wants is control over her life, which she hasn’t had since her birth.
During her childhood, Paige is blamed for a family tragedy, when in fact, her twin sister, Abbie was responsible. Abbie doesn’t come forward and Paige becomes the pariah of the family.
To add to Paige’s woes while attending a college in a small town in Colorado, the residents are in the midst of debating whether or not gays and lesbians should have equal rights. Tension is high and there’s a threat of violence. She isn’t out of the closet and pretends to be straight at school since she fears what will happen if her parents find out she’s a lesbian. Will she end up dead like her best friend, Alex?
About the Author:
T. B. Markinson is a 39-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. Marionette is her second novel. A Woman Lost was her debut novel.