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Q & A with D.G. Kaye, featuring Marjorie Mallon and Mr. Sagittarius

Welcome to my Q & A today where I’m featuring author/poet and one of my Sisters of the Fey – Marjorie Mallon. Besides her love for writing poetry and flash fiction, Marje writes in the YA and paranormal genres. You can also find some of Marje’s other contributions to several anthologies. Marje has been busy on an extensive blog tour promoting her new release – Mr. Sagittarius, and she’s going to share a bit about her book with us here today.

 

Marjorie Mallon

 

About Marje:

I write YA Fantasy/Paranormal novels, Horror/Ghost short stories and multi-genre flash fiction as well as micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I share book reviews, poetry, flash fiction, photography and inspirational details of my writing journey at my lovely blog home: https://mjmallon.com/

I’m a member of two professional writing groups: The Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators  and Cambridge Writers 

As well as this I run a supportive group with fellow Administrator D G Kaye on Facebook: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club

I work as a Receptionist/Event organiser for an international sixth form and live in Cambridge, England. 

 

Mr. Sagittarius

Available on Amazon

 

Mr. Sagittarius is a collection of poetry, prose and photographic images inspired by the botanical gardens in Cambridge. It features a variety of my photos including: trees, a robin and a dragonfly! As well as this there are several stories, and even some Halloween poems! 

I doubt I would have created Mr. Sagittarius if it wasn’t for these two amazing ladies: Colleen Chesebro (for her weekly poetry challenges and Charli Mills – Carrot Ranch (flash fiction challenges.) Both ladies have been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement. 

Mr. Sagittarius is a magical celebration of the natural world, a story about the circle of life, with an emphasis on the changing seasons of the year and sibling relationships.

Huge thanks to my amazing cover designer and formatter: Rachael Ritchey who has done an amazing job creating the ebook, paperback cover and graphics. 

 

Blurb:

Twin brothers Harold and William love the magic of the natural world.

When Harold dies he leaves a simple memorial request.

Will his brother William and his sister Annette honour it?

Or, will the garden work its magic to ensure that they do.

A magical story expressed via an original compilation of poetry and prose with photographic images.

 

Early review:

Colleen M. Chesebro
Format: Kindle Edition

Excerpt:

 

Now, let’s get to know a little bit more about Marje.

 

What are your writing goals for this year?

My writing goals for this year are to:

Publish my first poetry/prose and photography collection which released on February 16 th : Mr. Sagittarius – Poetry and Prose with photography. I also plan to start drafting a second book of poetry/prose and photography with the following themes: family, places I love and inspiration. My biggest challenge this year will be to finish my second book in the YA fantasy series The Curse of Time Book 2 Golden Healer. This is currently with my greatest critic: my eldest daughter who is doing the final beta read.

D.G. – Sounds like you’re a busy gal. Good for you Marje, we need to keep busy.

 

How has writing changed your life?

I’d say it has changed me enormously and given me much more confidence! Also, it’s made me a much more fulfilled and happy person. I’m different! It has changed me in a fundamental way, and I doubt there is any going back! I observe the world in a more
perceptive, interested way.

D.G. – Mark of an observant writer. 🙂

 

Did you have a passion to write as a child? Do you remember the first thing you wrote?

Yes, as a child I wrote a book about my ginger tom cat, Chester, who was such a friendly,  adventurous fellow. He enjoyed getting up to all sorts of mischief! My brother Donald and I would rescue him from strange households. One day we hiked through our local forest to collect him from a house with 13 other cats! Sadly, even though he had a lot of adventures  his life was cut short. He was knocked down by a car. I was distraught. He was a very handsome ginger tom cat, we’d had from a kitten and I loved him to bits. So, its not surprising that one of the characters in my YA fantasy The Curse of Time is a cat: Shadow – a black cat – and in Mr. Sagittarius, a ginger tom cat plays a magical part, and there’s also a poem entitled: Life Lessons From Cats.

D.G. – It’s always interesting to learn tidbits about how characters were developed for our books.

 

Where do you believe your passion for storytelling originated from?

My passion for storytelling originated from my parents. Both of whom are fascinating
individuals. My father had an adventurous spirit and travelled all over the world.  His life story is so interesting that I recorded various aspects of his travelling stories which I have compiled together. My mother had a very unusual childhood in Malaysia, climbing trees, being free to do pretty much as she wished. Her mother disappeared when she was very young, (during the Japanese occupation,) and there is speculation about what happened to her. Certain shocking facts have come to light which would make an intriguing story. So, I’ve masses of material for future stories…

D.G. – Wow, surely your mother would have some incredible stories to share. I hope you do come out with a book of your parents’ memoirs.

 

Which author friends of yours inspire you by being supportive to your writing?

So many! Authors are such giving people. I’ve been very lucky in that respect. From the
wonderful SCBWI (Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators,) group to ‘online’ author friends: yourself, Colleen, Charli, Sally Cronin, Ritu, Ghostly Writers, and anthology pals, everyone on the blog tour for Mr. Sagittarius… all my beta readers, blogging and Bloggers Bash friends and of course the Spiritual Sisters, (or Sisters of The Fey.) You’re all so amazing. ♥

A shout out goes to all the dedicated authors and bloggers who host weekly poetry/writing and photography prompts to encourage writers to write and be creative: Colleen Chesebro, Charli Mills, Diana Wallace Peach, Rachael Ritchey, Hugh Roberts, Sue Vincent, and Ronovan Hester and many more besides. I am in awe of the time and enthusiasm that they give to enthuse and motivate others.

D.G. – That is so wonderful Marje. Thank you for including me. But I know well, like most things to succeed, it does take a village.

 

It was fun introducing Marje and her work here today. I hope you all enjoyed and will check out Marje’s books. You will find all her books on her Amazon Author Page.

 

Follow Marjorie on Social Media:

 Author blog: https://mjmallon.com/
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time
Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club: #ABRSC:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1829166787333493/

 

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