Marina Martindale (Author Interview)
Please tell us something unique about you we can’t learn from your bio.
I’m a very spiritual person who was born with what some may call a, “sixth sense.” Fortunately for me, I was raised by a father who had an angelic encounter during WWII, and he was, “New Age,” long before Shirley MacLaine came along and made it more mainstream. However, I try to keep my books as religiously neutral possible as I want to appeal to a broad base of readers and not endorse any particular religion or spiritual belief.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is when I start getting into the meat of the story. That’s when my characters start taking on lives of their own, and I let them tell their stories. Granted, I already know how the novel will end before I begin writing, but it’s the journey along the way that’s the most fun.
What’s the most exotic setting you’ve chosen for one of your stories and why did you choose it?
Well, since I don’t write fantasy, my stories are set in real-life modern day cities. I was born and raised in Phoenix, and now live in Tucson, (Arizona), so most of my stories take place in the American southwest. A few years ago I visited Florida and wanted to set part of a novel there. A friend, who lives in Tampa, took me on a day trip to St. Augustine, so part of “The Journey” takes place there. It’s so sad to see the damage from Hurricane Matthew, but, hopefully, they will recover quickly.
If you could live in one of your stories, which one would you choose and why?
Interestingly enough, my novel, The Reunion was inspired by events in my own life, and Gillian, the leading lady, is loosely based on me. The premise of the book was, “What might have happened had I made different decisions and did this instead of doing that?” Of course I’ll never really know, but it was fun writing a novel about what could have been an, “alternative” life.
What stories do you have in the works right now?
Entitled The Letter, my next novel is inspired by a real-life event that happened to one of my friends. She stayed overnight at her then-boyfriend’s (now husband) house. After he left for work the next morning, she went rummaging around the kitchen for a lighter. Stashed away in a cupboard was a letter from his last girlfriend. It was sad. While not a stalker, it was obvious that the old girlfriend was still in love with him and was convinced he would return to her someday.
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About The Stalker
Rachel Bennett attended her ten-year high school reunion on a whim, but fate intervened once she saw Shane MacLeod. No longer the shy, gawky teenager she remembered, Shane has matured into a handsome and successful man, but her perfect evening ends when another man from her past suddenly reappears.
Craig Walker had been her mentor until he became jealous of her talent and success. Now he intends to either have her, or destroy her at all costs.
As Rachel’s family pressures her to take Craig to court, she can no longer ignore her nagging feeling that a tragedy is about to strike.