Please welcome indie author Marilyn Dieckmann

Author Bio:

To give credit where credit is due... I would say it was my husband's idea for me to write a book. I absolutely LOVE to read, and devour books every chance I get. The fact that I create magical fairy houses and make up stories for the inhabitants... well, it seemed like a natural step to take. I've made over 78 fairy houses and writing has now become a passion.

I'm a wife, mom, grandma and chocolate lover. Chocolate covered cherries are my all-time favorite candy, but any chocolate will do in a pinch!

Wine taster fits in here too!

I dream in full color and never ever think inside the box. As a matter of fact I don't think I own one of those box thingies.

We live in northern Minnesota where the seasons are well defined... winter and summer, with a brief glimpse of spring and fall in between. Our garden is spectacular even though the season is so short.

I've been a student, house painter, waitress, teacher, care-giver and even worked in a lumber mill. However, like I told my sons... it's not necessarily what you do for a living (the job that pays the bills) that defines who you are.

It's what you do that brings you JOY.

My epitaph will read... she LOVED her family well!


Book title:

EVERWUD ~ The TREE, The BOY & The DOG


Brief Synopsis:

Life isn't always fair, and if you're an orphan it's even worse.

But, what if all that changes in one week?

What if during that week you make new friends, build the tree-house of your dreams, find out who your parents are, and discover you have real magic?

That's a heavy load to drop on a 10 year old.

Well, Joey is an orphan. His mom is a wood elf, and she was sucked back into her world the day he was born. To protect him from the evil that pursued her, she left him in a bundle of leaves in the woods with only three simple charms to protect him.

Not only that, but Joey is the child of prophecy. He is the sole male heir of the chief mage of EVERWUD—the magister—and will inherit pure magic.

What's a kid supposed to do with all this?

Read the book.


Personal

What do you do to relax when you are not writing?

Truth? Writing is my joy and relaxation.

When I'm not writing I'm creating fairy houses, sewing hats, building furniture & playhouses, pouring soap and candles, and taking care of a household. Whew.


What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

My husband. He's proud of me, and the fact that I always think outside the box.

I make up stories to go with my fairy houses and the workshop has always been a magical place. We were in a used book store (LOVE BOOKS) and I was nearly knocked over by an idea for a book. I rushed him out the door because I knew what had not been done in a dragon story.

Yes, the book is written, but it needs work. Some day I'll have it out there.


Current work

What or who inspired you to write your current novel?

Working on EVERWUD book two, CASTLES, CLOWNS & POTIONS. It picks up where book one left off with more magic, suspense and a healthy dose of humor. Laughter lightens and brightens the spirit.


Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.

1) Joey is not the only child of EVERWUD.

2) Grandfather's addiction to cinnamon will always give him away.

3) It's all about point of view.


What research did you need to do for this book?

My husband just said, "We talked to a lot of elves." Seriously, it's pure imagination and my Slovak heritage.

Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?

Joey is a combination of my three sons and their antics growing up. Never ever a dull moment! And, Sycamore is the town of my dreams and I mean that sincerely.


Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.

I left book one hanging at the end... big time! So, the day I uploaded EVERWUD one I began writing book two, and I better finish soon or I'll be lynched by my readers.

CASTLES, CLOWNS & POTIONS adds depth and dimension to the cast with magic and 'under-earth' drama. The clown is a new player, and has diabolical surprises in store for our hero.

However, our clown hides his true self behind a painted face, and the outcome is loaded with an unexpected whimsical twist. Guaranteed to please.


Writing/publication process

What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?

I outline by chapter and add tons of notes as they come to me. I must have a focus. With my imagination and easily swayed attention to other projects, I need direction.


What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?

Images. I collect images that stir my imagination and I pin them up. My husband is disabled and requires attention quite often, so I seek my visual hideaway to take me back to EVERWUD.

I also have a fairy cottage playhouse in my front yard (which I built) and I manage sneak away for writing time.


What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?

1) When I finished my first novel, (the dragon story currently in rewrite), I submitted query after query and received rejections from one and all. I was ready to quit, and I did for almost a year. Then what started as an excercise for a writing class became a new novel.

2) I wrote from the heart. The Everwud story poured out of me in a few short weeks. But, it was missing something. An editor friend took a look at it, cut it to pieces and I began a re-write... the first one. Now after four re-writes, I have EVERWUD.

3) Vast wealth of information to sift through! Too much advice to digest and use. I found it discouraging, not helpful at all and decided to take a run at self-publishing.


Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?

I shift focus. I have so many on-going projects


What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?

Read. Don't stop reading. Read more than you write.


Genre

What genre does your book fall into?

Middle grade - They still believe in magic.


You as a reader

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?

1) Cornelia Funke - Igraine the Brave opened the door to children's books for me, and I'm hooked. I discovered the difference between child-like and childish. It's a matter of respect, children are a very discerning audience.

2) Rick Riordan - His voice leapt off the page at me and I was totally inspired to write first person. The man has a true gift... I read some of the reviews for Percy Jackson and thought are these people nuts? No... they've simply lost touch with their inner child.

3)  Tess Gerritsen - Grabs me on the first page & doesn't let go. Ever. Read The Bone Garden in one sitting.


What was your favourite book as a child?

The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale... I loved those silly stories.


What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?

Difficult decision... but I would have to say The Circle by R.G. Lawrence. It touched me.


What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?

Shadow of the Realm by Dionne Lister - I knew my husband would love it!


Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?

Kindle - I always have a book with me.


Hollywood is calling

You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?

Joey... is Theo our grandson. His impish smile is PERFECT & he's an actor!

Toby... is Jared Gilmore (OUAT-Henry)

Emmett... is Jae Head

Sally... is Morgan Lily

Eilorei... is Kate Mara

Tabor... is Robin Williams


The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?

The Chieftans or Clanad.


Favourites

Drink – Green tea or Cabernet Sauvignon

Meal – Salmon

Holiday destination – Western Caribbean

TV programme – The Dresden Files

Film – Avatar

Method of travel – Jeep

Sport – Spectator


How can people connect with you?

Website: http://thedragontree.net/   

Blog: http://marilyndieckmann.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @treequeen

Facebook: marilyn.dieckmann




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