Friday, May 16, 2014

Guest Post by author T.B. Markinson

Today I'm handing things over to T.B. Markinson.

One of the questions I’m asked the most is why do I write? I understand why people ask me this. I think many of us ask why all of the time. However, in this instance I’m always stunned into silence. How do I answer? 

I don’t think about the why when it comes to writing. I just write. I’ve always jotted down stories or random thoughts ever since I was a child. I wish I kept all of my writings over the years, but I’ve moved around quite a bit and it’s difficult to lug around all the notebooks.

While walking my dog this morning, I pondered what I should write for this guest post. I started to think about why I write since that’s the most popular question I’m asked. I had hoped I would come up with a brilliant answer before we made it back home. Explain not only to myself, but to all of you. Nothing came to mind.

After no thoughts came to me, I decided I wouldn’t share this. Maybe all of you would be disappointed or question my inability to answer a basic question. How can someone do something and not know why?

Yet it is my answer. I don’t know. I like to write, so I write. I love stories. I love characters. And writing makes me happy. It’s not complicated to me. I just do it. As a writer I feel like I should have an elegant and thought-provoking answer to this question. Then again, as a reader, I’d rather read a story and not listen to an author drone on about the why.

Maybe the next time I’m asked this question, I’ll ask the person why do you read or watch a movie. Stories? Characters? I think it’s all connected and to be honest, simple.

About T.B. Markinson:

T. B. Markinson is a 39-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. Marionette is her second novel. A Woman Lost was her debut novel.

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A bit about Marionette:

Paige Alexander is seventeen and has her whole life in front of her. One day her girlfriend comes home to discover that Paige has slit her wrists. Paige isn’t insane, but she acts like she is. Why?

After the incident, Paige agrees to go to therapy to appease her girlfriend, Jess. However, Paige doesn’t believe that therapy will help her. She believes she’s beyond help. Paige doesn’t want to find herself and she doesn’t want to relive her painful past in order to come to terms with it. What Paige wants is control over her life, which she hasn’t had since her birth.

During her childhood, Paige is blamed for a family tragedy, when in fact, her twin sister, Abbie was responsible. Abbie doesn’t come forward and Paige becomes the pariah of the family.

To add to Paige’s woes while attending a college in a small town in Colorado, the residents are in the midst of debating whether or not gays and lesbians should have equal rights. Tension is high and there’s a threat of violence. She isn’t out of the closet and pretends to be straight at school since she fears what will happen if her parents find out she’s a lesbian. Will she end up dead like her best friend, Alex?

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