Her latest mystery, Murder a la Christie, is out with Oak Tree Press. Untreed Reads has brought out new e-editions of her Twin Lakes mysteries, A Murderer Among Us, awarded a Suspense Magazine Best Indie, and Murder in the Air. Uncial Press e-publishes her ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, and her romantic suspense, Dangerous Relations. All of Marilyn’s mysteries take place on Long Island, where she lives.
Her books for young readers include No Boys Allowed; Rufus and Magic Run Amok, which was awarded a Children’s Choice; Getting Back to Normal, & And Don’t Bring Jeremy. Marilyn loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her granddaughter, Olivia, on FaceTime. She is co-founder and past president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime.
Her website is: www.marilynlevinson.com
Her Amazon page: http://amzn.to/K6Md1O
What inspires you to write?
I love to tell stories. An idea occurs to me, and my characters appear. They develop as my novel moves along. Their loves, hates, and interactions with one another help create the twists and turns of my plot.
Tell us about your writing process.
An idea for a novel comes to me. I work it out as fully as I can. I write an outline of the story, including a few of the main plot lines. Then I start to write. I use my outline as a guide. Sometimes my characters enhance the story. Other times I must rein them in because the path they’ve started deviates too much from the main story line.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I watch my characters interact in my mind as if I were watching a play.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write a lot. Read a lot, especially in the genre that you’re writing. Join writers’ organizations. Take part in a good critique group, one with fellow writers who are supportive yet give you constructive criticism. Be aware that writing is a lifelong process. Write a lot.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve published with big publishers, small publishers, and I put up one book myself. I’d advise new writers to explore all three venues. If you decide to self-publish, make sure your ms is ready to be published. Be sure to have it edited.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the book publishing business will continue to be in flux. Ebooks are standard fare now. I believe that today all authors, except perhaps the top money makers, must take part in promoting their books.
What genres do you write?
mystery, romantic suspense, juvenile literature
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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