Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Author Connections


In an attempt to promote Christian authors, author Leann Harris asked me to participate in a twist on a blog hop. You can see her answers at to the questions below, as well as links to her other invitees, at specifically at the link for her promotion article.  Here are my answers to the questions.

Cat'sEyes41. What is the working title of your book?  My title has been CAT’S EYES, a play off of the main character’s nickname. At this point, I’m contemplating a different direction, but I haven’t settled on the new title (or even if there will be one) yet. Here’s a link to the original One Sheet about it.

2. Where did the idea come from?  A dream. I had this great dream with an intense murder scene in it. The whole thing has changed completely, but the original dream birthed the story. I know the Lord put the words in my heart – not trying to be trite about it. I know he did. I’ve read it through 9 times and it still makes me cry in several places.

3. What genre does your book fall under?  Contemporary Romantic Suspense and though it is the first of the Heath’s Point series, it is a stand-alone book.


4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Oh I love to think with actual people in my head! My heroine is an Isla Fisher look-alike and my hero is similar to Ethan Erickson. I confess that I had the picture of him in my head before I saw a movie with this actor that matched my mind’s image. Too cool. I actually have a Pinterest board with pictures that I’ve collected of them along with  set ideas.

ethanerickson5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  A small-town waitress becomes the target of revenge when someone pursues the final job of a murdered hit man.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? The book is represented by Terry Burns of the Hartline Literary Agency. I hope to have it available in 2015.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  It took less than a month and half to write the first draft. It took another two months to do a revision. After that, I completely rewrote it in the period of a month and am now attempting to put the finishing polish on it.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  I think the characters are similar to those in Dani Pettrey’s “Alaskan Courage” series. The thread of faith is very like that I found in Colleen Coble’s Tidewater Inn. I believe the suspense and tone of the book is rather like Irene Hannon’s Lethal Legacy.

9. Give a poignant or profound quote from the story. (The original question was a little redundant here, so I came up with a new one.) This is from my Jiminy Cricket character: “One thing at a time, my friend. God will take care of what we can’t.”

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Well, besides the fact that living in Heath’s Point could be murder … hee … there are some fabulous dishes served at Mac’s Diner. It’s about halfway down Shepherd Street, next to the laundromat and across from the hardware store. Who knows, there might even be some recipes offered.

So, now I invite five other Christian authors who have blogs to step forward and do this as well.

Linda Yezak –
Keli Gwyn –
Joanna Aislinn –
Christa Upton – Link FIXED! So sorry for the confusion!
Jackie Layton –

Mention me and Faith~Driven Fiction as your invite-er and spread the word! Here are the instructions:

1. You write a blog answering the ten questions and post it during the week of March 18. Include links to the blogs of the five writers you invite. You also credit me as your host and include a link to the blog article I posted.

2. The five writers you invite answer the questions; each one puts that blog up the week after yours goes up. Each one credits you as their host and includes a link to your blog.

3. They, in turn, tag five other writers, and the cycle continues. (Reminds me of that old commercial: “You’ll tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends, and so on, and so on …”)

YOUR TURN: Wanna play? Leave you blog in the comments section and ask one of the gals above to invite you! Plenty of room at this party!

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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  2. OTHER WRITERS, definitely do ask me to invite you if you’d like to do this! I still need at least 2 more writers to tag! 🙂


  3. (Had to log in with Facebook this time because I’m having trouble with my new account. 😛 )
    ANYWAY, thanks for inviting me! I am totally enjoying answering the questions!!
    Also looking forward to Cat’s Eyes!! Your answer to 9. (profound quote) made me cry (good tears 🙂 ).


  4. Marji, your story sounds like a riveting read.

    Thanks for tagging me. I’m working on another inspirational historical romance set in the heart of California’s Gold Country. Yup! I’m smitten with the Victorian era.


  5. Marji, I like your ‘blog hop.’ I participated in one recently and it was a lot of fun. Your new book sounds intriguing!