PRE-BLOG BLITZ – Thursday 25 August 2016
The month of September is going to be a special time for me:
my THIRD novel and sequel to
the final in the unsavory heritage series,
will be available 30 on September Amazon
CHARACTER INTERVIEW – MARNI and CLARA BESS
rem: Good afternoon, Ladies. Welcome back.
Marni: Good afternoon. It’s nice to be back.
Clara Bess: Hi, Robin. Thanks for inviting us again.
rem: Did either of you know about Cissy?
Marni: Not really. I didn’t know much of Mother’s family at all, only my visits to the farm when I was a girl.
Clara Bess: I knew the family tree, and knew her name, but I never gave it much thought.
rem: What did you think when you found out her story?
Marni: Oh, it was horrible.
Clara Bess: I cried. I think we all cried.
Marni: I know I did.
rem: Had you ever thought about the uncanny similarities before?
Clara Bess: Of course. It’s hard to miss. (laughs)
Marni: So true. But after a while, you live with it every day, you don’t see it anymore.
Clara Bess: Well, yeah, there’s that.
rem: Obviously your appearance is noticeable at first glance. If I didn’t already know, I wouldn’t be able to tell who’s older. (winks) You both are artists. Tell my readers about what you do.
Marni: I never thought about it much, I always painted. Mother encouraged me and I assumed be an art teacher. But when Cassie was born I gave it up.
Clara Bess: Why would you think that?
Marni: I had to quit school and get a job. My pop died and I couldn’t live in the house alone.
Clara Bess: Yeah, I get that. But still you shouldn’t have given up your art.
rem: I think she did really well with her art.
Marni: Once Reid got ahold of me. If it hadn’t been for him…
rem: Marni, I’m so sorry. Clara Bess, why don’t you tell us about your art?
Clara Bess: I don’t know if I’d call it art so much.
Marni: Oh, it is. It definitely is art.
rem: I’d have to agree with her.
Clara Bess: Well, I bake.
Marni: Honey, you don’t just bake. What you do in your kitchen is amazing.
Clara Bess: Thanks, Sis. I just do what I do.
Marni: Please. Robin, what she does is an art form. When she decorates a cake, oh.my.goodness, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.
Clara Bess: Except maybe one of your paintings.
Marni: Now you’re talking.
Clara Bess: My favorite thing, though, is macarons.
rem: And I’ve tasted the divine delicacies. You do have a special touch. You two grew up not knowing each other. Tell us about that.
Marni: My mother and pop… I guess you could say they had… difficulties. I didn’t know at the time, of course, I was just a little girl. But Pop was… maybe bipolar? I don’t know. Most days he was this quiet timid little man. But sometimes this beast just suddenly raged.
Clara Bess: Honey, I’m so sorry.
Marni: No, it’s okay now. Thanks. I know Mother had a lot of hurt but I never knew her whole story. She loved—
Clara Bess: My father. She was in love with my father.
Marni: Yes, she was. That much I do know. Pop, he kind of drove her away I think. So anyway, Mother had the baby—
Clara Bess: Me.
Marni: Yeah, you. On the farm. I think she went home to get me and take me back but before she could get there she died.
rem: Marni, that’s so sad. So you grew up without your mother.
Marni: Well I was ten years old, but yes, I grew up without her. She was flamboyant and liked to dance.
Clara Bess: She was a musician. A singer and pianist.
Marni: Oh, my yes. So talented. And she always encouraged me with my art. Pop, he couldn’t care less.
rem: That’s so sad. I’m sorry, my friend.
Marni: Yeah, well. It is what it is, as they say. Anyway, Pop never did know about the baby, Clara Bess, and he never took me to Durbin again after that. He never did go to Durbin anyway.
Clara Bess: And I grew up thinking Lily Mayes was my mother. Connie was my big sister. She has the same features and we looked just alike, so no one thought any different.
rem: What was it like discovering the truth.
Clara Bess: Shocking to say the least. I didn’t know what to do. I thought it couldn’t be true. I guess I lived in denial. I just couldn’t get my head around it.
rem: But you finally found your way to each other.
Marni: Yes and I’m so glad.
Clara Bess: Me too. The truth was bitter and difficult, but I’m so happy I found Marni.
Marni: Worked out well for me. Turns out I have a sister.
Clara Bess: I grew up with a mess of siblings but it’s good to know who my real sister is.
rem: You both have quite the story. Guess we shouldn’t tell too much.
Marni: Oh yes, leave some for your readers to discover in your books.
Clara Bess: Well, technically, our story unfolds in my book.
Marni: Clara Bess, you are such a ham.
Clara Bess: Yeah, that’s me. Really, though, you’ll meet Marni in the first book, Tessa.
Marni: And you’ll discover why it’s titled Tessa.
rem: You guys are great! With you on my team I won’t have to do another thing to sell books. Y’all are going to do the job for me.
Marni: We aim to please.
rem: Ladies, it’s been a pleasure having you back on the blog.
Marni: Always good to be here, Robin.
Clara Bess: Enjoyed chatting with you.
rem: You’ll both always be in my heart—and my head.
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years. My characters face many of these same demons.
I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.
Tessa and Clara Bess are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year. I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.
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