Marjorie Swift Doering enjoys writing in various genres. Currently, her focus is on the upcoming completion of the third in her series of murder mysteries featuring Detective Ray Schiller. In 2005, her first one-act play was produced and performed by Darknight Theatrical Productions in Chicago, Illinois. Omega Publications, in 2009, published a number of her short stories in an anthology titled Mosaic, A Collection of Short Stories. In 2010, another of her short stories was published in Red Cedar, The University of Wisconsin Barron County’s journal of arts and literature.
She and her husband, Denny, live in beautiful northwestern Wisconsin with their Springer spaniel and three crazy but lovable cats.
What inspires you to write?
I was writing before I became a teenager. What started as a hobby done for my own entertainment has become focused on writing to create entertainment for others. A good story idea will prompt me to write regardless of the genre.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t outline unless the specific details and timing of events are extremely critical to the proper development of the storyline. Then I use index cards so I can move them around to establish the proper sequence of events. With or without an outline, I don’t begin writing until I have a firm grip on where the story begins, where it will be toward the middle, and how it’s going to end. Some writers just sit down and make it up as they along, but I find I can’t do that.
Some days I’ll do no writing at all, but spend the entire time planning how I intend to proceed. Other days, it’s like I’m Super-Glued to my computer chair. I find that if I force myself to write, the outcome is not as positive.
I create my character sketches as I write, then make notes of the details as I proceed. That way, I avoid having one character change eye color, for instance, from one chapter to the next.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen. I have no choice. Some of them are very opinionated.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up! Write, write, write, and then write some more. The same with reading. Get into a good critique group and develop a thick skin. Both are invaluable.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I enjoy having the freedom to write my stories as I choose to tell them. The hands-on aspect of self-publishing can be trying, but it can also be very rewarding. Promotion is a difficult part of the process, but whether self-published or published traditionally, it’s one of those necessary evils.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishing will always be around, but self-publishing is gaining recognition and increasing numbers of writing as time goes by. Even traditionally published authors are trying their hands at self-publishing. There’s been a definite shift. I’m waiting to see if it becomes a “tilt”.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
mystery, police procedural
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print