WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START WRITING?
That’s a tough one. I’ve written for as long as I can remember, but in more recent years my writing was technical. I won a trip to Ukraine to be part of a mission team from ICM (International Cooperating Ministries). While my husband and I were there we met a man, Yuri, who had been an officer in the Soviet Navy. He went home to Odessa with a friend to go to a baseball game. When the stepped off the train, the friend’s sister shoved a Bible in Yuri’s hands. She risked her life by doing this – just having a Bible could result in imprisonment. Yuri came to Christ and later married the woman. When I got home, I had to put their story on paper. It was my first effort in recent years at writing a novel and wasn’t very good, but my mom read part of it and she pushed me to continue writing and honing the craft. Since that novel, I haven’t stopped writing.
WHAT AUTHORS HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING STYLE?
There are so many who’ve been great influences that it’s difficult to pick just a few. I’ve always been a voracious reader. In my younger years I read a lot of Janet Daley books but in more recent years I’ve read Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee, Tess Gerritsen, and many others.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR LATEST RELEASE.
DOWN & OUT, Book One in the Desert Winds series, will be released January 21st. I originally wrote this novel during NANO last year. It was a hot mess, and I tossed the entire book and started over, but participating in NANO gave me the push I needed to get the words on paper. It was a great experience and I hope to participate again next year. The book is about a down on her luck publicist who moves back home to Odessa, Texas and is thrust into a volatile job with a handsome security consultant showing her the ropes when a strangers decides she must be his, and he’s determined to win her love – at any cost.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR WRITING RESEARCH?
I had to do some research on state laws for repossessions and car towing. Prior to researching this, I had no clue how different the laws were from state to state. I also did research on concealed carry permits and what states honor permits from other states. For example, if you have a handgun concealed carry permit in Texas, you are allowed to carry concealed in Nevada because Nevada recognizes the Texas permit.
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME WHEN YOU'RE NOT WRITING?
I’m a voracious reader, and I love to travel. We enjoy time on the beach and my stepson and I love to ride any kind of roller coaster.
HOW CAN READERS CONTACT YOU AND/OR LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WRITING?
My website is www.marcydyer.com - it’s a temporary site at the moment. I’m making some drastic changes to the site and hope to have the new and improved site up very soon. I can also be found at www.facebook.com/marcydyer and www.twitter.com/marcydyer
On my publisher’s website - http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-407/Desert-Winds-Book-One-cln-/Detail.bok
For a chance to win an e-copy of Marcy’s fabulous book, Down and Out, please do the following:
(1)Leave a comment for Marcy about her book between now and January 21st.
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