Monday, June 3, 2013

Meet Author Marianne Spitzer

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This week we are proud to feature author Marianne Spitzer. She was kind enough to sit down with us and do an interview. We're certain you'll find her amazing, just like we did! So, without any further ado, we introduce to you . . .

Author Marianne Spitzer

Thank you so much for taking the time to do an interview with JLB Creatives. It's wonderful to have you here.

It's great to be here, Janet. The pleasure is all mine. 

Super! Then let's get right to it. Here's your first question. . .Let’s say you’re thinking about going on once in a life time vacation…how exciting! What are some of the places you’d consider, and what would you do while you’re there?

A vacation to the Cayman Islands to walk and swim in the crystal clear water would be ideal. I’d also love to visit the Fiji Islands for the same reason.

What book or books are you currently working on? Can we expect a new release soon?

I am currently working on the edits for the sequel to THE LETTER.  It’s called OLD MAN MALONE RETURNS and it should be out late spring or early summer.

Time for dinner! No, no, no, we’re not cooking – we’re going out. So…where’s your favorite place to throw down some good food with friends and family? And even more so, what do you recommend from the menu?

Italian food is my favorite. We have a local restaurant that makes the best pepperoni and sausage pizza, but for a meal I love going to the Olive Garden. I prefer their Minestrone soup over the salad. For my main course I have the Chicken Parmigiana with spaghetti.

Time for adventure! Your friends are heading out to go skydiving for the first time…are you going to join them or suggest a different adventure? If you go skydiving please elaborate, or if you suggest something else what would your favorite adventure be?

I am not adventuresome nor do I care for outdoor activities. I’m a city girl and prefer to sit on the back deck to catch the sun and fresh air. I hate bugs. If I go on a picnic, I need a table. I don’t just toss a blanket on the ground and sit. I also prefer pool water over the lake. I love clear water and loved the ocean when I lived in San Diego.  

Forget about make-believe super powers…we’ll never have them – bummer, I know right? But good news…TRUE super powers come in different forms such as a great attitude, a wonderful personality, loving kindness, and other cool traits like those. Who’s the one super hero in your life, and what is their TRUE super power?

My super hero would have to be my son, Lance. His super power is his understanding and helpful nature. He has a kind heart and never says no if someone needs help. He’s been there for me through some rough times, and I thank God for him every day.

We all love stories – especially yours! Would you be willing to give the readers a synopsis of your current book?


“Old Man Malone Returns” is the sequel to “The Letter.” Life has been quiet at the Malone mansion. Kellie and Drew have settled into a happy married life. Their housemates, Taylor, Hunter, and Cole are also enjoying the peace and quiet. The betrayal of their longtime friend, Emma, is becoming just a bad memory. Their peace is shattered one quiet fall morning when Kellie’s grandfather’s body is stolen from his grave in Malone Springs Cemetery. Kellie is faced with another mystery, but that is only the beginning. Frightening events begin to happen at the mansion. Could it be possible that Old Man Malone walks the earth again? Was his body ever in that grave? Did he really die in a tragic accident? Is he dead and his ghost roams the mansion? Kellie has many mysteries to solve, but the biggest is did her grandfather’s evil live on after his death? Her questions are soon answered, and she must find a way to save herself and her friends from the figure in black that moves through the mansion at will. The book is due out in late spring 2013.

Love and romance, paranormal, epic fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, drama, and the list goes on. Where do your books fall as far as genre and reading audience?

They are all mystery and/or thrillers. It is what I enjoy reading and writing.

Social media has become a part of being an author. What are your 3 best tips of the trade for upcoming authors when it comes to building their social media platform?

Set up a Twitter account and follow people who you would want following you, many of them will. Use the account to let people know about your website, blog or Face Book page. Have a Face Book writer’s page. You will be able to post info about yourself and your books as often as needed. Start a blog or website, whichever you prefer to use to promote your books. You can list a synopsis, book tours, list your books and sell them.  

How much time do you devote to writing? Daily – weekly – monthly – whenever the urge strikes?

I write every day. I may not work on my current novel, but I write short stories, work on edits, or write a blog post. I keep my social media sites current. I am writing something each day, but most work is done on my novel.

Who is your favorite character that you have created? Tell us about him or her and why you are so fond of them.

My favorite character is Magdalena, the spirit in Gypsy Spirits and Annamarie and Magdalena. She is the great-grandmother of my main character, Annamarie, and has come back with other spirits to protect Annamarie and her family from the evil surrounding her. I love her because she is very protective and loving. When Annamarie has a child, Magdalena teaches her to protect herself while watching over the entire family. She also takes part in the battle of the spirits in Annamarie and Magdalena. She is a well-rounded character with magical powers.

This has been a delightful interview. Again, our sincerest appreciation for being with us. 

You are very welcome, and thank you for having me. 


If you'd like to find out more about Marianne, buy her books, and/or follower her on Twitter please visit the following links. Let her know you discovered her on the JLB Creatives Blog. 

TWITTER HANDLE: @MarianneSpitzer


Until next time - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for me.

Your blog host. . .
...and adventurer, Author Janet Beasley

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