|Ten Penners Co-ordinator and children's author, Marion Martineer|
Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!
"Take a path through the forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures. From the authors of "Shock! Horror! Gasp!" and "Fan-Tas-Tic-Al Tales", "Mystery, Mayhem & Magic" is the new anthology written by The Ten Penners ... Come and explore!"
Blog Tour Dates:
15/10/17 Sunday -Marion Martineer - https://marionmartineer.wordpress.com/
Dimity Powell - author The Fix-It Man http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/
content Marion Martineer
16/10/17 Monday - Yvonne Mes, www.yvonnemes.com Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley https://elaineoustonauthor.com/
17/10/17 Tuesday - Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/
Candice Lemon-Scott, author https://candicelemonscott.com.au/
Content – Jill Smith
18/10/17 Wednesday- Kate Russell - https://katharinerussell.wordpress.com./
Teena-Rafa Mulligan - In Their Own Write https://intheirownwrite.wordpress.com
Content Kate Russell
19/10/17 Thursday - Julie Baythorpe https://juliebaythorpeauthor.wordpress.com/
Gretchen-Bernet Ward – Thoughts Become Words Blog https://thoughtsbecomewords.com/ Content – Julie Baythorpe
20/10/17 Friday – Jill Smith – https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com/
content Louisa Wright
Artelle Lenthall www.journeygirlontheroadtopublication.com
content Sharron Alexiou
21/10/17 Saturday - GCW book launch announcement
The Ten Penners https://thetenpenners.wordpress.com/
23/10/17 Monday - Aleesha Darlison - author of Fox and Moonbeam-
Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.net/ Content interview Elli Housden
Marion Martineer is coordinator and one of the two remaining founding members of The Ten Penners. She loves escaping into the various worlds and lives of her characters. Among other scratchings, she has two children’s fantasy stories in the pipeline that may make it into the big world of publication someday.
You can find Marion on her blog at www.marionmartineer.wordpress.com
Welcome to the Dim's Write Stuff, Marion!
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them? I think I start writing for children in about 2002. I had a young toddler and thought it would be nice to create some stories to share. I also, dabble in a bit of romance and steam punk. Maybe one day I will finish them.
What are some of the references that you used while researching this book? For Spook Sleuths III, I did a bit of Googling on Celtic symbols, what meaning trees may have and I needed a special plant for Sally to use for her brew. I love doing a bit of research but in all the material that is gathered only 1% is used. I hope kids might look up what some of these things are, to find out if it is real or fiction. If that happens then my job is done as a storyteller because there is always something else to find out from a story.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? I loved the way the group pulled together to get everything happening. The ideas, the editing, the fun storytelling. It is great having a group to support you and help each other grow. We are all very proud of our efforts to actually have this produced.
What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn't so? Writing a kid’s book is simple! Right! No, it is harder than you would think but it certainly is fun.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing? Part-time. My life is very full. I work as a bookkeeper and an Avon Sales Leader. It keeps me extremely busy and working from home means that even though I work I still get to help out or get distracted around the house. It is a battle to find an equilibrium. My husband is a carer for his ageing mother and if it’s my turn to help out, I can find a few hours get sucked away from my schedule that I didn’t plan. Usually, that time is taken out of any possible writing time.
How do you feel about e-books vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing? I think e-books are great but I much prefer a lovely hard copy to hold and smell! I have downloaded several e-books. I am still to read them because I am always working on computers and I prefer to have a rest from another device. Mind you one of my e-books, is a book I have already read, Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman’. I read it years ago as a library loan and it came up on iBooks as a freebie. So I snatched it up because I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarise your writing process. I guess intuition is the first step. It’s something inside you that needs to come out and that is a great feeling. Logic always needs to be mixed in to get everything flowing properly. For complex stories, I mind map, plot, write up full character profiles and draw the places, houses, castles and such. More so, that I keep consistency. It would be terrible if Sally was going left from the back door into the kitchen and all of a sudden in chapter six turning right, the reader would remember.
What are some ways in which you promote your work? Do you find that these add to or detract from your writing time? Ah, yes, ‘marketing’. Beginner writers think the hard part is the writing. Then, they realise they need the effort to market their story because if they don’t, no one will know they made something in the first place! I really enjoy marketing but it does detract from my writing time. I am already time poor. So the effort required keeps me away from that creative project. On the other hand, my writer profile goes up, which is a good thing.
What is your role in the writing community? For the Gold Coast Writers Association, I am the coordinator for the adults writing for children subgroup. The Ten Penners. I have been in this role since 2005. It is a voluntary position. I was once, also, the youth group coordinator and publicity officer but I was spreading myself a bit too thin, so now I just stick to the one group. My husband is thankful for that I think.
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For my individual project/s, I am currently working on a steam punk novel for kids. I have a fantasy princess’s story that has been shelved for a while now. I’d like to get that out again. I am hoping to give NA-NO-WRI-MO a go again this November to help me complete my steam punk story. I have never completed the 50,000 words for the month. So, maybe this year it will happen!
Wow, can't wait to read more of you, Marion. Thank you so much for visiting today and GOOD LUCK with all the Mayhem!
Thanks Dimity, I have totally enjoyed the opportunity to talk about our book and myself.
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