You’re in for a treat today. Marie Estorge is a memoir writer and in her latest release, she delves into topics ripped from newspaper headlines. I asked if she’d like to sit down for an interview and she agreed. So sit back with your favorite beverage and read Marie’s interview. Take it away, Marie!
Do you have any odd writing habits?
I stop a writing session in the middle of a scene where I’m certain I know what will happen next. This helps to avoid writer’s block or procrastination.
What book do you wish you could have written?
Something Happened by Joseph Heller. This book is strange, hilarious, and underappreciated.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?
Dave Eggers, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Karr, Donna Tartt, Jodi Picoult, Jullian Medoff, Joyce Carol Oates, Salmon Rushdie, Tom Perrotta, Carol Shields.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zelllweger, and a decades younger Harrison Ford.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
I choose names that match the characters’ personality or situation. I collect unusual names from people I’ve met or read about. I worked with a man named Brodie and loved his name so much that I used in my novel IN THE MIDDLE OF OTHERWISE. I try not to have similar names (Danny and David) as an author has done in a book I’m currently reading.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d love to have published a well-reviewed literary novel that is influenced by The Office, Something Happened, and This Could Hurt. I would enjoy collaborating on a film script based on my first two memoirs, Storkbites and Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Read widely across genres. Study how other authors craft their stories and sentences. Analyze strong literary characters and settings.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I try to avoid reading reviews. Some can be so hateful and personal. I like honest, helpful feedback, but I don’t want to read things from strangers that paralyze me as a writer. Feedback is important at all stages of the writing/publishing process. My advice is to make sure you request feedback from people you trust to be honest yet helpful.
What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
The first draft. I love editing and reworking. I love sending my manuscript out to strong editors for critique and then making the revisions.
Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any)?
I’ve written two previous memoirs, STORKBITES and CONFESSIONS OF A BI-POLAR MARDI GRAS QUEEN, under the name Marie Etienne. I published my debut novel, IN THE MIDDLE OF OTHERWISE, in 2020. I have two completed manuscripts that I hope to one day resurrect.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
A novel about a CEO who has just been ousted by his investors after a whistleblower complaint by someone in his office. A whodunit.
Do you write naked?
No. My home office is really drafty and I fear I’d freeze to death. Plus, the mailman might have a heart attack if he spied me through the window.
What is your biggest failure?
Not being the best mother that I could have been.
What is the biggest fib you’ve ever told?
Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?
Sweets, cheese, and chips.
What is your biggest fear?
Poverty and permanent physical/mental injury.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To know which stocks would increase the greatest amount in the next 12 months.
What literary character is most like you?
Bridget Jones, quirky, funny, innocent/naïve.
What secret talents do you have?
I can read people’s moods and feelings from their expression and body language.
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
Eagle. I’d like to fly, swooping in and out of trees and clouds.
What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?
Level 4 white water rafting in Africa.
If you could have any name in the world, what would you choose?
Mrs. Warren Buffett.
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
Emotional. My crazy childhood.
What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?
Easy Bake Oven and Barbie. I had one Barbie and sewed most of her clothes. I was so envious of one of my friends that had an entire Barbie clan with dresses for days.
What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
My anxiety dreams are either I’m packing for a cruise and I realize I don’t have any clean clothes or nothing fits. Another is I’m 18 again and waitressing at a pizza joint – it’s the lunch rush and I haven’t written the table numbers on any of my orders and can’t figure out who get what. I love flying dreams or dreams about old boyfriends.
Scroll down to check out her brand new release…
Title THEN THERE WAS LARRY
Author Marie Estorge
Publisher Alluvium Books
From Marie Estorge, bestselling author of Storkbites: A Memoir and Confessions of a Bipolar Mardi Gras Queen, comes THEN THERE WAS LARRY, a real-life cautionary tale of deception and scandal. Marie offers a unique and razor-sharp look at duplicity and betrayal among friends and lovers in her newest memoir. Headlines about