It's my pleasure to welcome Marilyn Baron to the blog today. Marilyn is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW). She is the winner of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She finaled in the GRW Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in the Single Title category for The Colonoscopy Club. The Edger won first place in the Suspense Romance category of the Ignite the Flame Contest, sponsored by the Central Ohio Fiction Writers chapter of RWA. She won a 2012 Unpublished Maggie Award of Excellence in the Paranormal/Fantasy Romance category for Sixth Sense.
Marilyn was born in Miami, Florida. She lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband, and has two beautiful daughters. She graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in Public Relations. She blogs at www.petitfoursandhottamales.com. She loves to travel and often bases her books on the places she’s visited.
You can find out more about Marilyn and her books and short stories at http://www.petitfoursandhottamales.com/marilyn-baron/. Learn how fans with e-Readers can get KEEPER KASE™ Cards of The Edger and download your copy of Passionate Cooks: Free Recipes from Today’s Hottest Romance Authors, featuring her Pasta Passionata alla Carbonara.
Take it away, Marilyn!
All in the Family
By Marilyn Baron
Thanksgiving is this week and that holiday brings to mind family. Family can mean relatives or good friends, like the two sets of friends who took my daughter in for a week when she was displaced by Hurricane Sandy in New York City.
Today, I’d like to focus on my sister Sharon Goldman, who collaborated with me recently on two projects. At the beginning of the year, we released a humorous women’s fiction, an e-Book called “The Edger” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006Y3P12Y. The novel is about landscape artist Alexandra Newborn’s shocking reunion with her college art professor, Nick Anselmo—once a celebrated Italian artist, now a homeless lawn man—which sows the seeds for murder, mystery and romance. As an award-winning artist in Florida http://sgoldmanart.com/index.htm, Sharon’s involvement in the project made the story more realistic. She also painted the cover art and some inside color and black and white art, which makes the book unique. The Edger received a 4-1/2-star rating and a wonderful review in RT Book Reviews’ September issue in the mainstream fiction section. Our plans are to rerelease the book in print form.
We just completed a musical called “Memory Lane,” about Alzheimer’s, which we hope to get produced. Collaborating involves a whole set of issues, including the fact that we live in neighboring states, but, so far, we’ve survived both projects and are excited about our prospects. Our working relationship has brought us even closer together.
In addition, I have four humorous supernatural short stories published by TWB Press–my angel trilogy–A Choir of Angels, Follow an Angel and The Stand-In Bridegroom—and a story with a more devilish bent—Dead Mix. http://www.twbpress.com/authormarilynbaron.html.
My romantic thriller, Under the Moon Gate, set in contemporary and World War Two Bermuda, will be released by The Wild Rose Press in 2013, as a historical. I am currently trying to find a home for my paranormal, Sixth Sense, which just won a Maggie Award of Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. After that, I’ll finalize a prequel for Under the Moon Gate.
What do all of these projects have in common? They are all humorous. I love to laugh and I think my readers do, too. What don’t they have in common? Genre. They range from women’s fiction and romantic thrillers (historical) to paranormal romance. I used to think that sticking to one genre was the way to go. But not anymore.
So, no matter what genre you write, whether you work with a writing partner or go it alone, self-publish or go the traditional route, I hope everyone has a safe, happy Thanksgiving holiday and a healthy and productive 2013. One commenter will receive a free PDF copy of The Edger.
Readers, what genre do you enjoy reading? Do you read multiple genres or stick to one? Do you enjoy humor in the books you read? If you're a writer, have you tried your hand at multiple genres?