Monday, October 8, 2018

Meet the Author: Marian L. Thomas, Author of 'The Caged Butterfly'

Award-Winning Author and Speaker, Marian L. Thomas, has penned five engaging novels to date. Her books have been seen on national television stations such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation, and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on local, national and online radio stations. For her book, I Believe In Butterflies, Marian ranked among the top 100 Most Popular Authors in Literary Fiction on Amazon. She spent most of her teen years in Oak Park, Illinois, but now resides in a suburb of Atlanta with her husband. She enjoys a good bag of popcorn, a plate full of pasta, and a grape pop.



Who Would Think That One Act of Love Could Affect Four Generations?
On December 29, 1930, Mildred "Millie" Mayfield gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Addie. Millie teaches Addie three things that she feels matters most in life; inner beauty, reading books and giving your “special something’ only to the man you marry. Addie lives up to the first two. On one autumn night in 1949, Addie falls for the irresistible red curls and vibrant green eyes of a young man from the other side of the railroad tracks. Neither knowing that the consequences of their love would have lasting effects. Known as one of the greatest white jazz pianists in New York, Timmy Taylor never had a reason to question his identity – until truth and betrayal strike. Will Timmy be able to push past the pain? Beautiful and talented, Nina Taylor inherited her father's gift, but not his looks. Certain that's how he made it big, she dives deep into an obsession that could be deadly. Will Nina learn to love the skin she’s in before it’s too late? Spanning from 1920 to 1996, this captivating tale of secrets, betrayal, and forgiveness will pull at the strings of your heart, and keep you turning pages while you pray for a happy ending.


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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

The first inclination to write a book began in high school. My sophomore year. I enjoyed reading drama-driven books. Back then, my favorite author was V.C. Andrews. I read every book she wrote and saw the movie versions, as well.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

I take mental notes while watching a movie, all the time. If you ask my husband, he’d say that I verbalize the notes in my head, during the movie, but I will never admit to that.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I do have a day job. I work for a top customer engagement company (think intelligent virtual assistants, chatbots, and automation software for call centers) as a digital marketing specialist.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Storytelling is a process. Being creative is the result of that process. My advice…take it one page at a time. Allow only one character to take over your creative thought process for that one page, then move on to the next page.

The key to being an author is this: Live, Laugh, and Write. In that order.

What hours do you write best?

I often tell people that I do my best writing, late at night, when my hubby is asleep and snoring. I think it's funny.

How often do you write?

Some authors write every day. I typically start my writing process on November 1st. That’s when the NaNoWriMo writing challenge begins. It’s a challenge that encourages you to give birth to a 50,000-word story, in 30 days.

It’s madness on steroids, really, but it helps me focus.

Are you an avid reader?

I try to be. It’s not always easy when you work full-time and striving to carve out your path in the literary world.

I do my best reading on vacations at the beach. A good book, a nice breeze, and a wave or two.  Love.

What are you reading now?

Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby.

What are you currently working on?

I’m a huge fan of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, so I am writing The Cookbook, an endearing love story of how a cookbook saves the marriage of a couple who meet one Georgia summer day in 1940.

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