Tell us a little about you.
Marlene W Potts : I am a 59 year old wife, mother of three grown daughters and Nana to one beautiful grand-daughter. I currently live in Palm Bay, Florida where I spend my time writing my books, focusing on my detective series and some smaller projects, and looking after family. I was born and raised in Washington, DC, where I attended grade school, high School, and college. I also met and married my husband of 34 years as of this coming September at Howard University. I have worked in both public and private schools, six years with the federal government and part-time as a CNA in DC and Florida. I spent eleven years homeschooling my daughters and other children and graduated the last one in 2010.
How long have you been writing?
Marlene W Potts: My writing began in High school when I was offered a chance with the Literary Arts Program at the Penn Center. My first story was titled ‘Shoes’ and my very first attempt at a screenplay was ‘Toby and the Wa-terwitch’. They were cute and I look back and laugh at that chapter in my life. But it would be many years later before my next book In 2007 I began a downward spiral into depression and obsession and my non-medication remedy was to write what was in my head. ‘As I See It: A Young Woman’s Strange Obsession Confession which turned out to be more therapeutic than popular. It would also be my first introduction into self-publishing by way of AuthorHouse Publications.
What was your most recent release?
Marlene W Potts: In 2107 I released my children’s mystery entitled ‘GLASSES’, which is the inspiration for the series Miller’s View. Also two more novellas in my detective series, Miller’s View: Isla de la Muerte and The Alley Rat were released within weeks of each other through Create Space, and two children’s Christmas books starring my granddaughter, Eliana, were completed and published around the same time.
What do you love most about writing?
Marlene W Potts: I love trying to take the dreams, thoughts, or ideas that spin around in my head and making them into stories that others might enjoy reading.
What do you find most challenging?
Marlene W Potts: The marketing and promoting of my work is where I find the challenge. I have come across many websites and groups that do what they can to assist authors, but some tend to be pricey or ineffective.
Where do your ideas come from?
Marlene W Potts: I honestly don’t know. My detective series was in-spired by the children’s book I penned years ago. I am currently working to get that one completed and released. But I am not sure where the idea for the children’s book came from. Once I wrote the first adult book, Miller’s View, the following books just flowed.
What is your writing process?
Marlene W Potts: I write as time and inspiration are available. Being part-time caregiver for my three year old, my time, energy level, and free head-space is sketchy some days.
Do you write fiction or non-fiction:
Marlene W Potts: My primary writing is fiction. Though I have done some Freelance short, non-fiction articles and some short informational pieces for AWAI, it was okay, but fiction is more interesting.
I love my characters, Jonathan Miller and Callie, and their relationship. I have enjoyed watching them bloom into a small family. Jonathan contin-ues to grow into his supernatural experience and the surprises and twists will continue through the last three books.
What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?
Marlene W Potts: I think I like the scene in Isla de la Muerte when the good and evil spirits battle.
What are you working on next?
Marlene W Potts: My current projects include the last three books of the Miller’s View Series titled: Deadly Babes, The Charm of Murder and The Dead and Breakfast, and my last project is a tribute to my aunt titled ‘The One’. …
Where can people find you online?
Marlene W Potts: www.mswpotts99.wix.com/millersview or Face-Book under Marlene W Potts, and www.amazon.com/Marlene-W-Potts/e/B01ES8T5O6
Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.
Marlene W Potts: Thank you for providing authors a platform to reach out and speak to so many people. Reaching the masses is less of struggle be-cause of outlets like you.