Heartlette News – Marley Gibson Book Release

May 1, 2008 at 9:35 am | Posted in books, Honorary Heartlette, Marley Gibson, writing | 4 Comments
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Way back in August, Marley Gibson joined us as our Honorary Heartlette.  At the time, we knew that her first two books would be making their way into the world, and we are thrilled to report that they both have been released TODAY!

The books, Zeta or Omega? and The New Sisters are written under the pen name Kate Harmon.

These are the two launch books of a much anticipated new series and we wish Marley the best of success with them!

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Honorary Heartlette – Marley Gibson

August 5, 2007 at 4:40 pm | Posted in career, inspiration, life, Marley Gibson, motivation, writing | 5 Comments

WRITERS DON’T TAKE VACATIONS

Hi everyone! Thanks to the Heartlettes for letting me join the blog today! They’re wonderful women, dedicated to writing and I’m honored to be here.

So, it’s still summer for one more month…sunshine, the pool, the beach. I’m so thrilled to be having several little “time offs” during August. But will I really be shutting off my writer’s mind?

My parents owned a farm with chickens, cows, pigs, cats, dogs, and goats. It was always a challenge to take time off as a family, because my father always said, “Animals don’t take vacations.” I feel that way as a writer. To me, there’s never a moment when I’m not at least thinking about writing.

I’m always developing characters, plots, and dialogues in my head. When I’m in a work meeting, when I’m commuting, when I’m in the shower, or cooking dinner. The writing is always there at the forefront.

I just turned in a manuscript for my upcoming sorority series. Edits are done and we should have final titles and covers soon. The series, itself will be branded SORORITY 101. I’ve enjoyed writing them and I hope you’ll pick them up and enjoy them, too. I’ve been spending my summer working on some new proposals. Characters who have been tapping at my brain and begging for me to write them. They wake me up in the middle of the night and start talking to me during that Thursday morning staff meeting. They’re always with me. It’s kind of been like this for me since as long as I can remember.

When I was little, I used to write stories for my family. This one time, I had an “auction” where my family would bid like a quarter or a dime to buy my story. Hmmm…maybe this prepared me for being a published author, eh? LOL!! The stories were always there. When I got a little older, I created this “town” for my stuffed animals (of which, I had about 200.) It was called “Animaltown.” Not only did I break all of the animals into families, but I gave them all full names, backstories, goals, motivations, and conflicts. I didn’t know back then that was what I was doing, but as I’ve learned these elements of writing, I realize I was doing it before I knew how to do it. There was a school, a newspaper (which I wrote), there would be proms (which probably led me to be a meeting planner in my “real” life), and beauty pageants. The creativity was there…every day.

In 1993, I started writing my first romance novel. It was…awful, with glimpses of brilliance. I never quite finished it, but I had a blast writing it. I was so naïve, so fresh, so un-jaded about “rules” and who was buying what and so on. I just wrote because I had to do it. Then, after eight years of futzing around with collecting plot ideas, I decided to get serious about having fun. I sat down and wrote my first full-length novel. It was called FOOTPRINTS ON MY HEART and was about a woman who was pregnant with twins and trying to decide what to name them…perhaps after people who had left an impression on her in her life. It’s a flashback to her senior year in high school, her best friends, and first loves.

I loved it.

It was 863 pages of glorious emotion. And it sucked. But it got me writing. A full year of my life spent crafting and honing and plotting and writing. Sitting at the computer with gusto and verve and excitement because I *had* to get these characters and story out of my head. I had to finish the manuscript. And I did. Let me tell you what, there is NO better feeling in the world for a writer than getting that last sentence out and writing “The End.” Then, you can take a small vacation until the next set of characters start knocking on the cranial door.

Since writing FOOTPRINTS, I have written 12 full-length novels, 3 partials, and 2 books that will come out next year. Yes, I sold my books on proposal (meaning, a synopsis and three chapters), but it was because I had a track record of writing full manuscripts. My agent knew I could get to The End. My editors knew I could get to The End.

That’s the best advice I can give to ALL writers, not just newbies. If you want to be a writer, you have to WRITE. That means words on the page. Getting them out of your head. Making them tangible. You have to write. You have to not TALK about it, but DO IT. Life will get in the way because it’s…well, life. Jobs. Spouses/significant others. Kids. Commitments. All of that will allow you to excuse not writing by saying, “Well, the kids are out of school…” or “I was PMSing this week…” or “Work was killing me…” Doesn’t cut it for me. A writer writes. And, you find the time to do what you WANT to do. My friend, Wendy Toliver (www.wendytoliver.com) is a mother of three little boys. Her life is full of baths, meals, and play dates, but Wendy finds time to write. She makes time for her writing without making excuses.

I just came off five straight days of a National Sales Meeting at work where I worked all day, was in meetings and then dinners and partying each night, but I found time each day during lunch to work on my new synopsis. Because I knew I had to do it. I wanted to do it. So, just like my parents’ farm where the chickens didn’t stop laying eggs and the cows didn’t stop needing hay, writers don’t take vacations.

Sure, you can have down days or time off, but writing is in the blood and it’s something you have to do. If I could bottle up the want/need/desire to write and sell it to new writers, I’d do it. Anyone who wants to write should just DO IT. Sit down and let those words flow. Don’t think about where to market it or where it will fit on the shelf or what agent will want to buy it. Write it because you HAVE to write it. Write with innocence and naivety and fun.

Just. Do. It.

Thanks to the gals for having me here! I hope my little missive here has helped and motivates you to go write and get those amazing, complicated, detailed characters out of your head and onto paper. Good luck and keep at it!

Hugs,
Marley = )

Marley Gibson
http://www.marleygibson.com
Sorority Rush Begins…
May 2008

Honorary Heartlette – Marley Gibson

July 30, 2007 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Honorary Heartlette, Marley Gibson, writing | Leave a comment

Our guest blogger and Honorary Heartlette for the month of August is Marley Gibson. Look for her blog post on Sunday, August 5.

For more information about Marley, click on the Honorary Heartlettes link above.

We are excited to welcome Marley to our corner of cyber space and can’t wait to hear from her!

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