About Marilyn Weymouth Seguin:
Marilyn Weymouth Seguin was born and educated in Maine and has spent parts of the last twenty-seven summers vacationing at camps in the Sebago Lakes Region. She recently retired from full-time teaching in the Writing Program of the English Department at Kent State University in Ohio, so now she and her husband can spend even more time at their camp on Little Sebago Lake. Marilyn is the author of seventeen books, mostly historical fiction for young readers. She is a member of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
What inspires you to write?
Although I am a storyteller, not a historian, it is a good historical person or anecdote that inspires to to write. I feel the need to share fascinating stories of people and events from the past. So I write them down.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am very disciplined. I try to write every day, and while I am working on a writing project, I do not like to talk about it as I feel that talking drains all the energy I need for writing. After I have a full draft of a project, I leave it for a while. Then I go back and edit it and share it with a beta reader or two before editing again. Only then, does the project get sent to a publisher.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I write historical fiction, I usually talk to my characters. Only when I am writing in first person do I listen to them. Then I write down what they say. Quirky, huh?
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day
Find a special place just for writing
Share your writing with others
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have published 16 books with five different publishers. I do not have an agent. I was able to find publishers on my own. One of my 17 books was self published as an assignment for a course I was taking on internet writing and publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that developments in technology will continue to give more authors an opportunity to get their writing to more readers than ever before.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Local history, historical fiction, nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print