Marianne Petersen is an award-winning author and active blogger who lives in the Seattle area with her husband. They have four adult children and five grandchildren. She is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers’ Association, having shared different writings on various websites. Her second memoir is in the making that, along with her current book, will remind readers that God knows what He’s doing.
Marianne works from home as a video editor/publisher, and is thankful she can adjust her hours when being ‘Gram-mom’ is needed.
Ramona: Tell me more about your latest book
Marianne Petersen: God and My Pillow shares the true story of one nineteen year old during her life-changing journey; an unplanned pregnancy. Only God and her Pillow know all her thoughts during this trial as she and the baby’s father decide what to do. On the brink of a major life-changing decision, God’s challenging plan begins to stand out when Marianne receives an unexpected phone call alerting her to a shocking secret that changes everything.
God and My Pillow is my own personal story, thus called a memoir. It’s meant to encourage others who are or have experienced trials. But it’s also perfect if someone just needs a good old fashion love story.
Ramona: What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?
Marianne Petersen: Persevering. Being a wife, mother of four, video designer plus more back then came first. A little over six years it took to write, but man, did it feel good when I realized the last chapter was in sight.
Ramona: Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason/s for writing a book?
Marianne Petersen: Two reasons:-
1) I’ve always wanted to encourage others going through tougher than normal trials.
2) This one secret that came close to turning into something illegal had me agree my story was worth turning into a book.
Ramona: What is your normal procedure to get your books published?
Marianne Petersen: Once written, I came in contact with a professional editor and a professional cover designer. The cover designer introduced me to my page designer. Only Amazon showed my book at first, but it’s now extended far and wide via Ingram Spark while directly from my website as well.
Ramona: What motivated you to become an author?
Marianne Petersen: I did not intend to write at all, even after people for years said I should. But, after a few days of emailing bits and pieces of my story to a new e-mail friend, she asked if she could print them out. She wanted to make copies to pass to others she knew needed my story. After a few more days of sending bit’s and pieces of what happened, (dressed up a little bit more at this point.) I remember I stopped typing, realizing I was enjoying writing my story. I then looked up to the ceiling thinking “Okay, God. I hear ya. I’ll write a book”.
Ramona: How many books have you written so far?
Marianne Petersen: For now just God and My Pillow.
Many have said I must also share another life changing story I went through. I’ve covered that subject a bit on my blog page. Lord willing, I will turn it into a memoir is some near future.
Ramona: Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotion strongly?
Marianne Petersen: Yes and no. Write for a week? Sure, but after that, most likely not. Your heart has to be feeling what you are writing 24/7 from beginning to end.
Ramona: How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?
Marianne Petersen: As I’m sure many agree, it’s hard. I’ve learned promoting your book takes time and patience, and yes, money. As soon as you feel your book will finally be noticed, excitement takes over. You turn that last door nob to open up what you KNOW will be that last door . . . only to find five more doors to choose from.
Ramona: What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Marianne Petersen: Go for it! But, I’ll share a few of the many hints that stand out.
Pray – That comes first. After all, God and YOUR pillow know all your thoughts about what you are thinking of doing.
Put your heart and soul into making a crazy rough draft, NOT following every little grammar and spelling rule. (Tons of that later on, believe me)
Join a group/organization of fellow writers. The encouragement, wisdom, and friends you gain are essential.
Wonderful authors are not all ‘Up-There’ writers. Normal, every-day people get their books out and noticed as well.
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