Red’s Author Chit Chat with Marsha Black

I love gaining new fans and being able to talk and interact with them.

Hi Marsha, Thank you for stopping in so we can get to know you better. You said your genre is more Young Adult but that your anthology stories might not be suitable for the average YA reader. Maybe for a more mature audience. That is great to know. Congratulations on your first book, The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story: Book One. I can’t wait for you to tell us more about you and your books. 

1) Do you have a favorite character from The Triplet’s Curse?

Marsha: I really enjoy Hope. She reminds me of how I was when I was a teenager and I had so much fun writing her story.

Red: How interesting to get a peek into your teen years while reading this book. 

2) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Marsha: I love gaining new fans and being able to talk and interact with them.

Red: Fangirling is a real thing. Trust me, just doing this interview with you I have to control myself. Authors are superstars in out world. 

3) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?

Marsha: I had a series idea come to me on the way to the dentist, lol. I thought that was quite funny.

Red: I ask this question of each author and I have to say that this a first for the idea box. 

4) I am sure you don’t sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 

Marsha: This completely varies, I work full-time, taking online college courses and have a toddler, so with the help of my boyfriend I get writing done, but it’s not every day and not always a lot at a time.

Red: Sounds like me when I am trying to clean house. Writing is much more fun than cleaning up after a toddler. 

5) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Marsha: I do read them. Thankfully I’ve only had good reviews, but I wouldn’t mind bad as long as there’s a reason why. I don’t see the point in giving a book one or two stars, but not explaining or contacting me about what you didn’t like about the book. I want to make my book an enjoyable read, and I can’t do that if I don’t know where mistakes are being made.

Red: Very well said. The star rating system is severely flawed in my opinion. Here at The Redhead’s Book Blog we don’t use stars. The written content in a review is what is important in determining the opinion of the reviewer. Ok, I am off my soapbox now. As you can see this is something I have put a lot of thought into. 

6) What do you do when you suffer from writer’s block?

Marsha: I have thankfully not had to suffer through writer’s block as of yet.

7) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?

Marsha: I currently have The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story released. A novella in Dark Waters: A Mermaid Anthology and The Triplet’s Curse – Destiny’s Story(Book Two) rereleased Aug 2018.

Red: You have been busy. 

8) Did you have a mentor when you started?

Marsha: I did not. I was a reader and participated in Facebook events before starting back writing.

9) What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Marsha: Go for it. It can be scary and nerve-wracking. You may worry about if anyone might like your story or not. The best thing I can say is…do it for you. There will be people who like it and people who don’t. If you enjoy writing the story and it’s something that you would read, then more power to you. Have faith in yourself. Even if you’re book isn’t well liked, you accomplished a goal in writing a book, and there are people out there who would be willing to help make it better by working with you on it. So never despair.

Red: That is awesome advice. I had some tell me to carry a notepad and if I felt like writing a few sentences to do it. It’s fun to go back a look at those little bits from months ago. 

10) What can we expect from you in the future?

42 & Beyond: A Space Opera Anthology is available for preorder and is releasing Oct 12, 2018. I’ll be working on the 3rd book of the trilogy. Fingers crossed I’ll get it released by the end of the year. I do have about 4 or 5 other anthologies I’ll be part of this year, all of varying genres and story lines. I have a YA Fantasy stand alone I will be working on as well as a series I’m hoping to start next year.

11) Anything Else

Follow me so you can keep track of future books of mine!

Amazon Author page https://amzn.to/2xzSUtH

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarshaBlack

 

Thanks for spending the day with us today. I look forward to checking out all of your books. Please come back again soon.

~Red xoxo

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The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story: Book One

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2xG1J4z

When the moon is full High above the Earth
Three daughters shall be born
On their 16th birthday, their destiny will begin
One daughter, born with the knowledge of the future, yet blind of those closest to her

Hope, your normal teenage girl, other than being one out of a set of triplets’, dreams about the day she turns 16 and can get her license.

Unknowingly, as her 16th birthday draws closer, a curse that has been around for centuries will activate, causing her to have visions, giving her knowledge of the future. The things she sees, she hopes are just hallucinations.

New guy Bryce, comes to town, knowing of the curse. He’s part of a group that prepares their whole lives to train the triplet sisters, who are unlucky enough to have it befall them. Hoping, the town he moves to doesn’t have the sisters they are looking for, once his eyes rest upon Hope, he knows without a doubt that his life will be changed and with the spark at contact, he knows it will be changed forever.

With Bryce’s help, Hope must accept these changes and train, learning how to control her ability and preventing more visions from becoming a reality. As the fight hits closer to home, will Hope be prepared to defeat the evil, making the world safer, for just a little bit longer?

 

About Marsha Black

Mother of 2, avid reader, lover of anything and everything paranormal/supernatural. Enjoys reading, watching TV, and hanging out with her kids. Hopes that through her written books, readers can escape from reality, as many books did for her. Writes clean YA/NA, with some toe-dipping in other genres. Loves reading reviews and interacting with new readers/fans, so don’t be afraid to befriend and/or get in touch with her.

The anthologies I am part of, even my stories may not be acceptable for teens, so make sure to check the ratings of anthologies if looking to get them for teens.

Adults, I prefer writing clean YA/NA. I can write make-out scenes as far as anthologies or possible co-writings may go.

Please keep these in mind going forward, since I don’t want any of my fans blind-sided by a descriptive make-out session within a story or anthology the is not rated PG-13 or below.

 

 

Author: The Redhead

Just a mom who loves to take road trips, read and share my thoughts.

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