The Victor book website: www.thevictorbook.com.
Three facebook pages:
Make a Wish: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wish-Fulfillment-Stories-Make-a-Wish/176537975692290
The Victor: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marlayne-Giron/82533802095 and
That's a very unique idea. I love it. Can you tell us more about The Victor
Two princes wage the battle for eternity but The Victor has been known from the start…The verses above from Amy Grant’s “Fairytale” song (Father’s Eyes) was the inspiration behind my book: “The Victor”.
Originally titled “The Victor and His Bride”, I began writing this story 30 years ago on an IBM Selectric typewriter. (At that time it was state-of-the-art) when I was 21!
The Victor is a medieval fantasy/fiction romance for ages 12 to 80. It is the classic tale of good against evil. Who will emerge the victor?
You’ll have to read it to find out! Enjoy.
Sounds very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I never aspired to be a writer; I just think I have a natural talent for it. I also have to give credit where credit is due. I began to write as a form of self entertainment as a result of my friendship at age 12 with a girl named Lisa Savy. We would take turns sleeping over each other’s homes every weekend and one day she showed me a story where she had put us in as characters of our favorite tv show at the time, the “Six Million Dollar Man”. We wrote hundreds of these short stories together and pretty soon I found Lisa ‘redlining” mine (she aspired to be a teacher). It would make me so angry that I became determined to write error-free stories she couldn’t find fault with. My writing was greatly influenced both by Lisa’s writing as well as her critiquing of mine. We are still in contact occasionally and it was at her suggestion that I check into online publishing that led me to Tate Publishing and ultimately to realizing my life-long dream to see my book, The Victor, in print. The Make a Wish book could be considered the “grandchild” of the stories I wrote as a kid; remembering how much fun it was to see myself in a story.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
Make a Wish had a very innocent beginning. It was born out of the desire to cheer up a friend who lives across the country from me. My friend Henry has been a quadriplegic since the age of 14 (and is now in his early 50s), was really down in the dumps. He had been stood up for a fishing trip and because of his condition; he is subject to the schedules and whims of others. He wouldn’t get out of bed, wouldn’t do anything and his wife Vicki had given up trying to coax him. Henry and I had become good friends ever since Vicki reviewed my book, The Victor, on her blog.
I had already spoken with Henry several times before this so I was distressed when I heard how low he was feeling. But what could I do? I lived on the west coast and he lived on the east coast. How could I possibly cheer him up? Then a light bulb went on over my head and I thought, “I can write him a story”…and that’s exactly what I did. I wrote “A Gift for Henry” in about one hour and then emailed it to them that night. The first thing the next morning I checked my email to see what the response was. Well…it was amazing! Vicki had written me and told me that they had wept for 20 minutes after reading it. That it had truly been inspired of God because of the details I put in that I was not aware that were perfect for Henry. Such as the smell of orange blossoms being his favorite, how he was always trying to wiggle his toes to see if they had started working and that all he wants to do when he gets to heaven is to run, run, run for the Lord.
All of these stories were written as gifts for others either because I was inspired to do so or because they were requested. Some are deeply emotional, heartfelt and inspirational while others are just fun.
That is absolutely awesome. I'm sure it's been such a blessing to those receiving the stories.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Make a Wish is all based on real people who have sent me their wishes. My other book, The Victorwas an allegory where the characters were created out of my imagination but also represented major figures in the Bible.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
I usually have to have an idea pop into my head (an inspiration) to write since it is not my full time profession. In the case of The Victor, it was the line from an Amy Grant song from 30 years ago called “Fairytale”. Make a Wish just grew out of desire to bless people who were hurting or just had dreams and wishes they wanted to see fulfilled. The Victor took 30 years to get published (not written) but I did write and rewrite it for a couple of decades never thinking I would ever get to see it in print. Make a Wish took about a year. I don’t write from outlines or notes, I merely start “recording” the movie I see playing in my mind. Pretty soon, you get to know your characters so well they begin to come alive and write themselves.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I am continuing to get requests for more wish fulfillment stories and have offered my services to the children of the Make a Wish foundation so there may be a second volume in the making. I am also toying around with 3 other concepts that are not fully developed yet. One is a prequel to The Victor, the other a fictionalized account of my life and the third might be a paranormal Amish book (which I don’t think has ever been done).
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Some excellent resources to learn the craft of writing would be: http://www.mckeestory.com/resources.php as well as William Strunk and E.B. White’s (of Charlotte’s Web fame) “The Elements of Style” and “Writing for Emotional Impact” by Karl Iglesias. As far as book promotion – definitely being all over the social media sites (Facebook, Goodreads, etc.). Nothing works better than “word of mouth”. Friends telling friends. I found a great book promotion company that does things pretty differently called “Book Candy” www.bookcandystudios.com. Their rep is local to me and is a font of knowledge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paid advertising does not render the results it used to and you don’t get much bang for your buck. Interviews and reviews on blog posts help also. There is no magic bullet. In my case I have a guardian angel/volunteer publicist named Mary who has become my champion and adopted sister and knows EVERYONE. She got my book, The Victor to Nicholas Sparks, Sarah Palin and enabled me to meet Amy Grant.
That is pretty neat! It's great to have support from friends and family.
What is your favorite work of literary fiction and why?
I hate to sound cliché but since age 12 it has always been Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read The Hobbit and the entire trilogy in a single weekend.
I've read The Hobbit and my husband is a huge fan of Lord of the Rings so I've seen all the movies, but haven't read those books yet.
Do you have a favorite literary author?
My current favorite living author is Stephen R. Lawhead. I’ll read just about anything he writes. I just finished his latest book, The Skinmap.
Marlayne, thank you so much for stopping by today. I enjoyed the conversation and learning more about you and your books.