What inspired you to write your memoir?
An experience from long ago that changed my life.
About your Book:
Marcia Gloster was a college student traveling through Europe in the summer of 1963. When she arrived in Salzburg, Austria to study at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision, she envisioned a month of intensive painting, never expecting to find herself swept into a passionate affair. Nor did she imagine her lover to be a married instructor with a long history of indiscretions. Even at a young age, Marcia knew how to protect her heart. But it had never been taken by a man as overwhelming and sensual as Bill Thomson.
31 Days gives the reader a glimpse into Kokoschka’s famous, and infamous, school and paints an intimate portrait of the artists with whom she shared the seductive Salzburg nights. Two decades after WWII, she observes the tensions and mysteries of an era in flux. Above all, she exposes the naïve curiosity of a young art student willing to take chances and discover a new world of love and sensuality.
31 Days is the story of Marcia and Bill in Salzburg; 31 days that would redefine love, sex, passion, and permanence for a woman of twenty; and a month that would resonate in her life forever.
Deeply sensual, intensely vivid, and achingly beautiful 31 Days is a memoir that lives in all of us.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I wanted it to be a “book” I could hold in my hands. Now it is and it will also be an e-book. Published through The Story Plant, an independent publisher.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s more personal. You’re exposing your “inner self.” You can write the same story as a novel but in a memoir you can’t mask the reality.
Marcia Gloster has lived most of her life in New York City. Born in Los Angeles, she began drawing as a young child, believing even then that she would pursue a career in art.
While in college, she spent a summer studying painting at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision in Salzburg, Austria. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she hoped to continue painting while working as an assistant art director in publishing. When that proved impossible, she put aside her brushes for many years and built her career as an award-winning book designer and art director. After working for two years in London, she returned to New York, becoming a founding partner of Peartree Advertising, a boutique agency specializing in fashion.
Marcia continues to consult on marketing and graphic design for select clients. But more importantly she has returned to her first love, painting. A member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City and Studio Montclair in New Jersey, she has exhibited her paintings in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her first book, 31 Days: a Memoir of Seduction, is the story of her summer at Kokoschka’s school in Salzburg and will be published by the Story Plant in September 2014.
She has one daughter and lives in New York City and Verona, NJ with her husband, James Ammeen.
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