What inspired you to write your memoir?
I have a very unique job. As a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, people always seemed to be fascinated by my work and countless stories. Hearts on the Line is the sequel to my first memoir, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker. I was inspired by Jen Lancaster, a New York Times best selling author who writes memoirs about her life. I loved her wit and honesty and decided to write my own adventures.
About your Book:
Marla’s day might begin with an email like this: Marla, I hope you don’t plan on charging me for the last two setups—Penny and Lydia. Let me make it crystal clear for you, even 5 pounds overweight is a deal killer.… I won’t waste any more time on another date with a plump gal. Clarence Penny and Lydia are both under 110 pounds—including implants. Marla facetiously refers to the dating service as the Double D—which doesn’t stand for dream date—and often finds herself introducing SHBRs (short fat bald rich guys) to GDGDs (gosh darn gold-diggers) and, despite the odds, countless couples find that Marla has linked their hearts. The exasperating clients stand out, but many are terrific people, and you’ll follow their dating stories with interest, as Marla struggles to work for a boss who requires her to cross ethical lines, pushing Marla to her limits. A tiny spark is all it takes, and Marla goes from being vice-president of a multi-city enterprise to being unemployed—which takes her career in matchmaking to a whole new level, all while staying true to her most authentic self.
MARLA MARTENSON After a decade of matchmaking, two books on dating, a memoir, and hundreds of interviews on national media, Marla kept getting requests for a memoir sequel, revealing the next stage in her own challenging, zany, and loving relationship, pitted against the even zanier world of elite matchmaking in Southern California. For a woman who had given up on finding her soul mate and accepted her fate of remaining single, having an open heart and mind has proven to be golden. Marla and her husband reside in harmony with their dog, Macie in Los Angeles, where she continues to bring her matchmaking expertise to the singles’ population of Southern California. Visit her blog at www.marlamartenson.com Other books by Marla Martenson: “Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting” “Good Date, Bad Date” “Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker”
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After having three books traditionally published, I decided to self publish Hearts on the Line with Create Space. I have had a great experience and am thrilled to have total control and to be earning royalties from the get go.