Having worked in the property industry for most of her adult life, latterly at a senior level for a corporate agency, Marcia finally escaped in 2010. Whilst she still works as a consultant for several independent agencies, she can now dedicate the bulk of her time to writing and of course reading.
Marcia has enjoyed writing for many years but only for pleasure and friends or family. Her first novel Murderous Mishaps is a farcical whodunit set in her favourite hotel in Cornwall, although she did of course change the name so as not to tarnish their reputation. Marcia wrote Murderous Mishaps for a friend, who after regaling her with all the latest gossip said ‘they wouldn’t believe you if you wrote it down.’ So she did. All based on true stories but totally exaggerated of course. Murderous Mishaps is available on Amazon.
Misplaced Loyalty was her debut novel in published format and she has recently published the 2nd in the Meredith & Hodge Series, Ill Conceived.
Marcia is married with two children and lives in Bristol UK.
Marcia can be contacted on Twitter @MarciaKimTurner or on Facebook http://on.fb.me/SCeIqZ
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration can come from anywhere, a news story, something I read in a newspaper or just a passing comment during a conversation. I then jot down my initial thoughts and later try to develop them, or include them in something I am already working on.
Tell us about your writing process.
I always know where my story starts and ends. I’m not always sure what happens in the middle, and quite often find it’s the characters that decide. Although I always have a basic idea of who the characters are, and where they’ve been they sometimes surprise me. I find the characters develop with the story, and therefore dictate how they would react to the situation in which I place them. So I guess I’m a seat of the pants writer.
I do worry about continuity, so have a white board with the chronological order of things, with the Meredith & Hodge series this is particularly important.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I always listen to my characters. Even to the point where the plot has to change because the refuse to co-operate with what I had planned!
What advice would you give other writers?
Enjoy writing. Don’t force it, and don’t rush it. Sometimes a story just takes it’s own time in getting there. It’s the same with publishing and editing – I know this from experience!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Quite by chance, I was in conversation with a colleague who mentioned her sister had self-published. I knew little of this and having done some research, although not enough(!) I took the plunge. I made far too many mistakes, but I got there in the end.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that e-books will come to dominate, both because of the cost and convenience. Despite being an indie author reliant on e-book sales, I’m not convinced it’s a good thing. But it’s progress I suppose. Much like the email has replaced the written letter.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Thriller Mystery Suspense
What formats are your books in?
Link To Author Page On Amazon