Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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A Writer’s Mind – Creepy


WMcreepyI was talking to a new friend, at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, about stand-out romantic suspense authors. I gave her my favorites, most of which I’ve shared with y’all: Colleen Coble, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason, Ronie Kendig. Then she named an author I hadn’t read.

Kristen Heitzmann. You have to read her books”

“That good?” I love learning about brilliant romantic suspense authors.

“She’s great. Her books are riveting. Even a little creepy. I’d hate to live in her head.” Tweet This!

I still laugh when I think of the conversation. (I even hesitated with sharing Kristen’s name here, but my friend’s comments so intrigued me, I felt I should find out more about her books. I post her name here because you might want to do the same thing.) Seriously, though, the same can be said for most of the writers I know.

The-Edge-of-RecallOne of my DFW buddies doodles during our meetings. A few months ago, I watched her create a full scene with a cartoon duck wearing an inner tube, about to jump off a diving board into a pond inhabited by a frog and two fish. A horned cow stood over-looking the scene. Where did she get that image? I have no clue! The topic of discussion was something about media and the internet if I remember correctly. I suppose the duck could have come from a comment about Twitter, but that’s a stretch.

Still, this is an elastic-minded, flexibly-creative career. But then that’s the point, isn’t it? I can’t speak for everyone in this profession, but I know my mind drifts to what-if scenarios often. And I can be in the most benign situation when an idea hits me. 

Like in an airport.

Or a waiting room.

Or a funeral. Oh, I’ll have to share that one sometime!

Your Turn: Do you, writer or reader, ever get that kind of sensation or image in your head. Something happening right there where you are right now that would change your life forever?


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.

2 thoughts on “A Writer’s Mind – Creepy

  1. Aside from my current project, I have two major projects slated for the future. I already have notes on both. So when I hear anything that might enhance any of my projects, I have to write it down. One example: I recently heard about a breakthrough science has made in manipulating photons (think lightsaber). This development has already been added to one of my future projects.


    • How cool is that? You know, now that I think about it, I remember seeing an article somewhere about a realistic lightsaber. That it’s a possibility in the near future.

      Gee, that makes me feel very safe!