Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Blog blitz tour stop for Marian L. Thomas
Today is part of a blog blitz for Marian L. Thomas as she releases her second book, My Father's Colors-The Drama-Filled Journey of Naya Monà Continues. Marian is visiting several blogs today. Comment to enter for a signed copy of her newest book. Details below.
Marian was reared in Chicago but lives with her biggest supporter—her husband and their spoiled but playful dog, Winston in Atlanta, Georgia. Her debut title, Color Me Jazzmyne, went on to become an Amazon Best-Seller and was ranked as one of the "Top 100 Books"-1st Qtr 2010 by the Sankofa Literary Society Review.
Marian welcomes the release of her second book, My Father's Colors-The Drama-Filled Journey of Naya Monà Continues to online retailers, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Kindle, and Nook.
Marian, please tell us about you as the author behind the pen.
There is really nothing special about me, I am a woman, wife, and author of two books, Color Me Jazzmyne and My Father's Colors. I currently reside in Atlanta by way of Chicago. I love a man who has supported me and loved me back. I inherited the love for melodies tones from my mother, and developed an ear for music from my father. My sister made me cry when she stated how much she was proud of me. My friends have kept me grounded.
How can readers connect with you?
My website is: http://www.marianlthomas.com. There readers can watch book trailers, read reviews, get more information on my books and connect with me on Facebook or LinkedIn.
Please tell us about your newest release.
My Father's Colors-The Drama-Filled Journey of Naya Monà Continues takes you on the journey of four individuals that lead to one incredible destination filled with betrayal, lies, and shocking secrets.
Naya Monà is back on another emotional and drama-filled roller coaster as she finds herself fighting to find her voice, discover her father's past, and search for her daughter. How do you find a daughter you never knew you gave birth to?
Then there's Chris—her husband. How far would one go for love? That is the question that Chris wastes no time answering. He will do whatever it takes to remove his wife’s pain, even if it means being the one to cause her the most.
Let's not forget Misty. Fame and fortune have been the determining factors for Misty ever since her father passed away. How far will she go, this time, to achieve it?
Introducing Carl Thompson. Carl has found the love of his life, only she doesn’t know it. Green eyes and hazel brown hair fill his dreams for the future. Does he have enough love for the both of them?
What was the inspiration that drove you to write this book?
Honestly, after my first book I wasn't sure if I really wanted to write another one. However, when speaking to ones that read Color Me Jazzmyne and listening to them relate how much they enjoyed reading it, gave me the need inspiration to finally sit down and put my pen and thoughts into action again. I thought it would be difficult to get back into the character and life of the story again, but once I was there it was more than an inspiration, it became a true motivation for me.
What's next for you, another book?
I have begun to write the third book and hope to have it released within a year or two. Already I have readers asking me for it. It is such an encouragement when I see that readers allow my books to not only come into their homes but into their hearts.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That took a long time, but I think the reality of it all hit me when I started reading the reviews on my first book, Color Me Jazzmyne. I was like "Wow, they are calling me an author" that felt good to say out loud.
How do you find the time to write and what else interests you?
I work full-time, so writing for me takes place in the late evenings. Once I wrote a few chapters at the airport while traveling. I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy other things such as interior design. I would love to one day really give serious consideration to going back to school for interior design.
Some authors admit they have a writing quirk. Do you have one you'd like to share?
I do something most authors tell you in these types of interviews to never do. I go back and re-read everything that I have already written before writing another chapter. It takes me longer to finish, but I can't help it, I have to get back into the character in order to tell his or her story correctly.
Growing up, did you always know you wanted to be an author?
I always had a desire to write but more so as a journalist. I majored in journalism in College. However, I did write a version of my first book, Color Me Jazzmyne while in high school, so I guess writing novels was somewhere deep inside me, I just needed to feel it.
Any additional thoughts you would like to share?
I sometimes get asked if I am willing to visit book clubs. I love doing that because it gives me one-on-one time with book lovers. So if you are in a book club, invite me and let's get a discussion going about one of my books.
Please tell readers how they could win a free signed copy of your book.
It's easy. I'll be a guest blogger for some of the most amazing blogs, such as this one. Visit each blog, leave a comment, and your name will be entered into a drawing for one signed copy of my book. The person who has left the most comments (one per blog) will win.
Ready to win? Start with leaving a comment on this blog.