Meet the Author: Marlish Glorie

MARLISH’S TOP WRITING TIP: My top tip for aspiring authors is to — read, read, read, read anything and everything. Novels, plays, poems, newspapers etc. And to be curious about the world, observe, watch, and reflect. Better still, engage with the world. Do voluntary work. Do anything which sees you interacting with people, animals, and situations. Your writing will be infinitely better for it. To reword Stephen King – “If you don’t read, you won’t have the tools to be able to write.” I also think that having a love of reading puts you in good stead when reading and or editing your own work.

mMarlish Glorie was born in Western Australia and has juggled a number of occupations throughout her life. She has worked as a nurse, environmentalist, art dealer and all-round handywoman. Since the publication of The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street she has had a second novel published — Sea Dog Hotel — and is currently working on a third novel. Marlish is married to Western Australian artist Lindsay Pow. They have two children and live in Palmyra.

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AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? I love the solitary nature of writing; the chance to wind down and to reflect and to create is pure bliss. It’s sort of like mediation, only more fun!

And of course I love the art of storytelling. The ability to build up a story from scratch is quite a satisfying pursuit. But the thing that got me onto writing, is reading. Reading and falling in love with the written word and the worlds they revealed, be it in children’s books, novels, plays, poems, or the daily newspaper.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? I’d be a nurse. It’s what I initially trained be after leaving school .I loved nursing and would go back in a heartbeat, given the chance.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? My toughest obstacle was myself. Getting over all my insecurities and doubts over my ability to write, then getting over my impatience to get published. I think my first book really suffered because of my impatience to get it out there. I sold the story short. When instead I should have taken my time, developed the story more fully, and which of course as I now appreciate takes years and years and years!

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? Reading.

—the worst? The solitude, which actually has taken me a long time to get accustomed to, and which I now love. And of course another worst thing about my writing life is dealing with the constant niggling doubts of insecurity, not being a good enough writer. But I think all writers have to deal with that “inner critic”.

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? Don’t sell my stories short. Try and be a heck of lot more patient, to understand that crafting a novel takes time, a great deal of time.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? That being an author can be a very lonely life. But a very wonderful one too.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? To persevere. As a writer, having the ability to persevere is so very important. I do feel fortunate in that I tend to be quite bloody-minded. However I certainly feel the knocks and rejections when they come, and they do. As a writer it certainly helps to have “Nerves of Steel”.

BOOK BYTE

Marlish Book CoverSea Dog Hotel is a symbolic look into tiny town life in the marginal scrub of Western Australia. It poses the questions, what is happiness, and how is it found by the strange and cursed Ruth and her beautiful but sour seed, Grace, who wash up in the equally cursed Nyacoppin. The town is as far from the ocean as it is from the capital. Ruth, searching for happiness, buys the local pub, The Sea Dog, over the internet. The denizens who at first glance appear bizarre are slowly revealed to be warm and unique strugglers with lives as blighted as the newcomers.

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Meet the Author: Margaret Lynette Sharp

MARGARET’S TOP WRITING TIP: Be prepared for a long road, and enjoy the journey.

2013_1212imagefacebook0056A little over four years ago, Margaret Lynette Sharp made a big decision: She started to write again. Margaret had written many short stories and articles during her twenties and early thirties, but had given up writing. She credits her husband Ron, who is well-known in the world of music as the designer and builder of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, with encouraging her to write and says his encouragement and enjoyment of her work has been a major influence. Many of Margaret’s books are collections of short stories or novellas that have been favourably reviewed by respected reviewers such as Shelleyrae Cusbert, Brenda Telford, Sally From Oz and Cloggie Down Under. In September her short story The One That Got Away was highly commended at the Hurstville Discovery Festival of Arts and will be published in an anthology by the Discovery Writers Group. Margaret has finished the first draft of her twelfth title, a short romantic novel, and hopes to publish it within a few months. She lives in suburban Sydney, with her husband, their little Maltese rescue dog Chicki, and a pair of budgerigars named Albert and Victoria.

For more information about Margaret and her books, visit her blog. https://margaretlynettesharp.wordpress.com/

AUTHOR INSIGHT

Why do you write? I like to engage with people: to make them think, to entertain them. I’ve written many, many short stories. Most reviewers have commented that they have enjoyed them. I relish the feeling of accomplishment at the end of writing each book.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? That’s something I don’t think about a great deal. I would probably spend more time playing the piano, painting in watercolours, or gardening.

What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Being self-published has brought with it many advantages that flow from having control over my own writing and its distribution. The biggest obstacle has been the effort and discipline required to produce work of consistent quality, likely to meet with the approval of reviewers. Other challenges have included the design and selection of covers, formatting and various technical issues.

What’s the best aspect of your writing life? Writing fulfills my urge to create. I’m not tied to any particular schedule, so in that respect it is convenient. And it’s a great feeling to know that one’s work has been read and enjoyed.

—the worst? Marketing is difficult, particularly for those authors who are not well-known. Maintaining visibility can be time-consuming, and it’s easy to become impatient when results are slow to appear.

What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I don’t think I’d change anything.

What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? Had I been more aware of the level of competition in the marketplace, I might have been discouraged and never started. So it was probably for the best that I didn’t know.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Many people have encouraged me to keep writing, no matter what.  I think that is the best advice.

BOOK BYTE

Love Desire and Betrayal without template redLove, Desire and Betrayal

Four young women: Michaela, Sally, Amelia and Lauren. All Australian. All destined to find that the course of real love is not smooth sailing. Four separate tales touching on a universal goal. Will career ambitions jeopardise their futures?

Michaela, A gifted student of music, is offered a long-hoped-for scholarship to study in London. Can the budding love between herself and Thomas be sustained over the miles?

Sally, a senior high-school student, finds that love is tested when her fiance begins his medical studies. Will their love survive?

Amelia, whose career ambitions have become a dominant force in her life, finds that married life with Steven is fraught with difficulties.

Lauren, young and vulnerable, finds her life undergoes a steep learning curve as she realises there is life after a broken romance.

“This is a series of compelling, highly readable novellas of Sydney author Margaret Lynette Sharp, whose skill as a short story writer has been recognised by respected writing critics. This series of longer works is no less engaging.”

Love, Desire and Betrayal is available from: http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Betrayal-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00L8KOKZM