Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Indie Doesn’t Mean Solo!

Writers, getting ready for conferences need more than just business cards and synopses.Watching Jessica Fletcher on “Murder, She Wrote,” I remember so many times when she needed her solitude to finish this story or that difficult scene. She made the occupation seem rather isolated. And she was a traditionally published author – albeit a fictitious one. (Is “Castle” the same way?)

The very label of independently published author sounds like someone in this occupation is a hermit, holed away with a keyboard and an internet connection. Happily, I’m learning how incorrect that assumption is.

While I do write my stories on my own, I’m not left all alone. I’ve had a number of outstanding critique partners who urge me to keep writing and challenge me to improve in everything I write. My current critique partners – we are the three amigas 🙂 – not only meet together to go through our unique story sections, but they also help with brainstorming, marketing ideas, and even new projects.

If you’re a reader, know that many books (and all of mine) have had input from several other readers and authors as well as professional editors and proof-readers. If you’re an author, and you’re trying to do everything by yourself, consider joining a critique group or looking online for others wanting input on their writing as well.

There’ll be more about the “isolation” of writing coming soon.

You Turn: Who is the better author: (I know they are pretend, but play along!) Jessica Fletcher or Rick Castle?

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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