I love Authors Interview 8
This is Marji Laine
Welcome to I love Authors Interview 8 in this interview we meet Marji Laine, author of Ain’t Misbehaving which is currently on tour with Celebrate Lit – Let’s all give Marji a warm greeting.
Hello, Marji. It’s a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.
Marji – Well thank you for having me, Margaret.
I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.
Let’s do something different and imagine that we are on a desert island. So sit back and put your feet into the warm sea. Are you ready?
Marji – This should be fun Margaret, I am ready when you are!
Good, then let’s get started.
My first question is..
What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?
Marji – Oh, that’s easy! My recliner! I have an office in my home, but I’m in my recliner working almost as much as I am at my desk. In fact, several years ago when I had back trouble, my doctor actually prescribed a recliner. Yea! So much better than medications. LOL!
I wish my doctor would prescribe a recliner Marji. It sounds like you have made yours part of your life. I love this idea.
So you have your recliner now but what will your one wish be?
You are given one wish, but there is a clause which means you can only ask to be an animal. What creature would you like to be?
Marji – An Arctic Tern because they can fly so far without resting. I’m not much for beaches – give me mountains anytime. And though I enjoy isolation every once in a while to re-energize, I like being around people! As an Arctic Tern, I’d be able to fly back to civilization and cooler weather. 😊
Yes, I agree Marji, I love the mountains too, but we don’t have that many in England, more like big molehills!
Paper is precious on the island however..
You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?
Marji – I’d probably write out some Scriptures like Isaiah 40:31 and Psalm 27.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Psalm 27 (KJV) The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? etc
Isaiah 40:31 is one of my favourite scripture verses Marji. And Psalm 27 is beautiful too. Good choices there.
I am interested in your answer to this next question Marji.
You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?
Marji – I would choose Tally! She’s one of the minor characters, but there’s nothing minor about Tally. She has joy that doesn’t quit. Through incredibly difficult circumstances, she always finds some way to encourage if only by her exuberant smile and enthusiasm for life. She might get weary of my whining, but I would never tire of the positive vibes that Tally exudes!
What a wonderful character to choose Marji, I think we could all do with someone like Tally in our lives!
And now to my final question, doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!
To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?
Marji – Composed, sincere, artistic, socially elite … Convict!
She sounds intriguing Marji. I hope the readers of my blog will buy your book and find out more.
So there you have it, Marji Laine is one cool lady. I hope you have enjoyed this interview. Please be upstanding for Marji. Thank you so much for keeping me company on my couch today.
Marji has a great GIVEAWAY for one successful winner, so please click on the link at the end of my post to enter.
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About the Book
Title: Ain’t Misbehaving
Author: Marji Laine
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Fiction
Release Date: January 16, 2017
True, Annalee’s crime amounted to very little, but not in terms of community service hours. Her probation officer encouraged her with a promise of an easy job in an air conditioned downtown environment. She didn’t expect her role to be little better than a janitor at an after-school day care in the worst area of town. Through laughter and a few tears, Annalee finds out that some lessons are learned the hard way, and some seep into the soul unnoticed.
Carlton Whelen hides behind the nickname of CJ so people won’t treat him like the wealthy son of the Whelen Foundation director. Working at the foundations after-school program delights him and annoys his business-oriented father. When a gorgeous prima donna is assigned to his team, he not only cringes at her mistakes, but also has to avoid the attraction that builds from the first time he sees her.
About the Author
Marji Laine has completed seventeen years of homeschooling with the surreal notion that
she’ll now have time on her hands. But that’s unlikely. Her publishing company, Write Integrity Press, keeps her extremely busy. In her spare time, she teaches a high school and college Bible Study, leads a Sunday morning high school fellowship group, directs a children’s choir, and sings in her church’s adult choir.
She enjoys road trips with her family and friends, photography, scrapbooking, and participating in musical theater. Her favorite past time is game night with her family and her kids’ extended collection of friends.
Guest Post from Marji Laine
AIN’T MISBEHAVING delves into the depth of life from the perspective of a shallow, sheltered woman. Annalee Chambers has been raised to pay attention to all aspects of society, particularly the appearance of success. Being cultured and socially-educated, she’s not really prepared to work in one of the poorest sections of town. And she’s really not expecting to find such joy intertwined with such poverty.
Having my story set in my hometown has some fun aspects. I got to handpick the homes for the main characters and the locations for the after-school program. And even now when I drive past some of those places, I get all excited about the story again.
For instance, I chose a particular building downtown to be CJ’s (the hero’s) condo. It’s in One Arts Plaza. This condo was for sale when I was writing the book so I was able to download actual pictures of the place including the view from its southeast facing patio. You’ll laugh, but I don’t drive by that building without looking up to the 18th floor and half expecting to see CJ standing there.
AIN’T MISBEHAVING goes much deeper than only the setting, though. It was written a number of years ago, so many that I barely remembered the storyline. But when I started editing, I was moved to tears again and again. These characters are so real, and I would love to meet them!
I hope you’ll enjoy AIN’T MISBEHAVING and watch for Annalee and CJ to have an extra special cameo part in Book 2 of the Dallas Duets, PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ.
Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 27
Janices book reviews, January 27
Remembrancy, January 28
Mary Hake, January 28
Reflections From My Bookshelves, January 29
Inklings and Notions, January 29
Texas Book-aholic, January 30
Carpe Diem, January 31
A Baker’s Perspective, February 1
Multifarious, February 2
Daysong Reflections, February 2
Bibliophile Reviews, February 3
proud to be an autism mom, February 4
Power of Words, February 4 (spotlight)
A Greater Yes, February 5
Reading is my Super Power, February 5 (Interview)
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 6
margaret kazmierczak, February 6 (interview)
Simple Harvest Reads, February 7 (Guest review from Mindy Houng)
Bigreadersite, February 8
Avid Reader Book Reviews, February 8
Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, February 9
Pursuing Stacie, February 9
To celebrate her tour, Marji is giving away a grand prize of Dallas chocolates, Texas snack box, and a packet of Bluebonnet seeds!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c516