Monday 24 November 2014

Introducing Markie Madden

Please welcome Marguerite 'Markie' Madden to my blog. Markie is a diverse writer, and it's a pleasure to feature her today.

Markie, when did you first realise you were a writer?
I first remember writing creatively in grade school, maybe 4th or 5th grade. My teacher would come around and draw a squiggle on out notebook. The assignment was to use the squiggle to make a finished drawing and then write a story about it. 

You've written three very different books, how did they come about?

I never intended to write any non-fiction at all. But half a lifetime of living around supposedly knowledgeable horse people (whose animals often suffered neglect) inspired me to write Keeping a Backyard Horse. There are plenty of horse care books out there, sure. I even own quite a few. But the average horse owner, one who keeps their horse as a pet and for light riding, doesn't need to know how to breed horses or deliver a foal. So I wrote a very simple guide with very little terminology (and what's there is included in the glossary) that can be understood by most people. And my battle with cancer inspired me to write my memoir and my path to self-publishing, as a way of inspiring others with cancer and letting them know it's not the end of the line.

Do you prefer writing fiction or non-fiction?

I'd have to say I prefer writing fiction, though my two non-fiction books were rather easy, as I didn't have to research them heavily.

Do you have a typical writing day?

Since I'm still recovering from cancer, I don't have a typical day. I still have good days and bad days. Usually, I watch reruns of Supernatural and Bones on television every morning. I spend a lot of time on social media, marketing. I write when I feel like it, rather than forcing myself to. I avoid writer's block that way. Often, I'm still awake late into the night. I get more done when the house is quiet.

Do you have any rituals/special pens/certain music to get you into the writing mood?

I don't have any specific rituals for writing, actually! Although I do have a small plush horse a crafty friend in England sent to me. I met her in an online support group called MDJunction. Anyway, his name is Olaf, and he sits where he can watch me write. I think he's good karma.

Once you've finished writing for the day, how do you relax?

I don't really have to relax after writing, because I enjoy it so. But as a recent cancer survivor and a sufferer of fibromyalgia, I'm a hopeless insomniac. Sometimes my brain just won't shut up so I can sleep. Often, I use guided meditation MP3s on my phone to lull me to sleep.

Who are your favourite authors?

My favourite authors are Nora Roberts and her other self J.D. Robb, Patricia Cornwell, Kay Hooper, J.K. Rowling.

What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on Triple Heist, a crime novel, and book one of a series called the Undead Unit, called Fang and Claw. Triple Heist involves Allison, head of security for the Federal Reserve bank, and her plans to rob millions from the facility. Fang and Claw takes place in a future time where creatures such as vampires, werewolves and zombies live and work among humans. Lacey is a detective with the Dallas police department, and has just been put in charge of an elite squad charged with investigating crimes involving the Undead. I hope to have Triple Heist ready for release next summer, Fang and Claw by next December. And I'm working on getting my books into audio format. My Butterfly Cancer should be ready for release next month.

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  1. Hi Annalisa and Maddie ... good to meet a new author and blogger ... cancer is so terrible and leukaemia seems to be more and more prevalent ... so I'm glad you've had a chance to write about it - so others can understand. I bet your stories of life with horses go down really well ...

    Good luck to you both - cheers Hilary

  2. Hello Hilary, it's lovely to meet you! Hope you enjoyed reading about my books!

  3. Lovely interview. I love meeting Annalisa's author friends. I hope you both have a Happy Monday :)

  4. Lovely interview. It's good that writing is such a positive influence in the author's life when recovering from cancer.

  5. Great to meet you, Markie! I don't have any experience with horses but I've thought for a long time that I'd love to learn to ride. Maybe one of these days. :)

  6. Wow, those are really different books. Congratulations and keep up the battle against cancer, Markie.

  7. I always like to 'meet' new authors! Hope Markie continues to make a thorough recovery.

  8. Great interview and it's good to read that another writer writes like I do, when she can. good luck to Markie with the rest of her career and health!

  9. excellent interview. All the best to Markie in writing, healing, and in life.

  10. Wonderful interview. Supernatural is very good in helping one to rest and heal! The new book sounds awesome. :)

  11. I have several teachers who inspired me to be creative and I adore fiction writing.

    I'm pleased to meet Markie.

  12. Hi everyone, thanks for reading and supporting Markie today :-)

  13. I LOVE it when people write cross-genre. It totally leads to a fresh voice, fresh perspective, and fresh book.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

  14. Kudos for Markie for writing cross-genre. I've always taken it as a sign of a good writer, someone who can do that well. And a book for backyard horses? Perfect. Because I know several people who have had those.


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