Monday, March 21, 2016
The Gilded Curse by Marilyn Turk ends March 28
Please welcome Marilyn Turk to my blog this week. Marilyn is giving away a copy of her new release. Be sure to read on down on how to enter. Don't forget to leave your email and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry.
Debbie, thanks for having me as a guest on your blog and giving me an opportunity to talk about my new book, The Gilded Curse.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I’m in my office wearing my comfy yoga pants, warm socks, long-sleeve T-shirt and a hoodie. It’s cold in my office. I also have a space heater going next to me.
Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why? Oh yes, my characters surprise me! I never know what they’re going to say until they’re in the conversation. But since they aren’t really “my” characters, but real people with real personalities, they have their own will. I just tell them where to go. In The Gilded Curse, Lexie is rather independent, but controlled. However, certain people can “push” her buttons and the petulant child can come out.
Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story? I find stories in history. I love discovering something that happened that I didn’t know about before and then wondering what it was like for the people living at that time. For this book, I actually discovered something while reading another book, Dan Walsh’s The Discovery, that made me go research WWII history on our shores.
What is the biggest secret you ever kept? When I was a teenager, I “borrowed” my older brother’s car while he was out of town. I accidentally scraped another car with it – the only damage was a little paint above the rear tire. I didn’t tell him until we were both grown with children and he had the reaction I expected. But I wasn’t afraid of him by then. LOL
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) Probably old pictures of my parents when they were young. They’re in my office watching me now. Oh, and I have a little replica hat rack with a little hat on it that used to be in my father’s office. The hat looks just like the kind he used to wear back in the 50’s and 60’s. (Before JFK abandoned the wearing of men’s hats and changed fashion.)
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord) I’d like to meet my grandparents when they were young and find out what they were like, what their lives were like. I only knew them briefly and when they were already up in age.
What is the most important thing you learned in school? In high school, I learned that I had writing talent from my English teacher. In college, I learned how to write with deadlines and format in my Journalism classes.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research? So many things, it’s hard to find just one. But when researching for The Gilded Curse, I discovered how close German U-boats were to American shores, that they torpedoed American ships, and that some of them came ashore as spies, facts our government tried to hide from the public at the time. I don’t think that could happen today with all the social media out there.
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be? Saving Marilyn from Herself
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? The first Mitford book, At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon. Mitford seemed like such a comfortable, friendly and funny place to live where everyone accepted everybody for who they were.
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The Gilded Curse:
In 1942, Lexie Smithfield becomes the only heir to her family’s dwindling fortune after her brother is killed at Pearl Harbor. A mysterious telegram beckons her back to Jekyll Island. Ten years before, the family quit coming to the exclusive Millionaire’s Club after tragic events convinced her mother the island was cursed. Club Superintendent Russell Thompson knows the truth, but he swore never to tell. But now he must help Lexie find out what the real dangers are.
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Marilyn Turk has been published in Guideposts magazine, Guideposts books - A Joyful Heart and A Cup of Christmas Cheer, The Upper Room, Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Lighthouse Digest magazine. Her Coastal Lights Legacy series features stories set around lighthouses. Her book, Lighthouse Devotions was published in 2015, and in March 2016, The Gilded Curse, a historical suspense novel, was published by Heritage Beacon, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Her weekly lighthouse blog can be found at www.pathwayheart.com. She lives in Florida with husband Chuck and enjoys boating, fishing, tennis, and gardening when she’s not climbing lighthouses or playing with her grandsons. Catch her on her website at www.marilynturk.com