Featured Interview With Marguerite “Markie” Madden
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Midland, Texas, though I grew up in Flushing, Michigan from the time I was ten. I currently live in Fisk, Missouri, a small farm town of about 326 people. I’m married with two teenage daughters, three rescue dogs, and a horse. I’m also a leukemia survivor. I’ve published three books: Keeping a Backyard Horse, Once Upon a Western Way, and My Butterfly Cancer, and am currently working on Triple Heist (a crime novel), and Fang and Claw: Book One of the Undead Unit series (a crime/paranormal series).
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve been an avid reader since I was able to read, at a very young age. The first time I can remember writing creatively was in grade school, maybe 4th grade. I had a teacher who gave us each a spiral notebook, and she would come around to us and put a squiggle on one page. Our assignment was to finish the squiggle into a drawing, and write a short story about it.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love anything by J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Kay Hooper, Patricia Cornwall. I also still have a huge collection of Star Trek paperbacks and the entire Black Stallion collection fron when I was a kid. Often, my pets are the inspirations for my stories, though my first novel was inspired by a game that my best friend and I used to play.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Which one? I guess my latest one (though all three were published in print in the same month) is My Butterfly Cancer. It’s the inspirational story of my battle with leukemia and how the butterfly effect helped me to overcome all that I had struggled with. It didn’t take that long to write, but for the fact that my brain processes more slowly than it used to (before cancer). And my memories of part of the ordeal were obscured from pain medication, so I had to ask my family a LOT of questions!
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