Today we have the pleasure of spotlighting our first author from the newly forming Prologue Chapter on the Western Slope.
Marian Pellegrin Merritt writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. She is an author and freelance writer with over ten years experience. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and online websites as well as garnered a first place award in ACFW’s Genesis contest.
Marian is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Her first fiction title,Southern Fried Christmas, released in 2012.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and an accounting certificate from the University of South Alabama and writes from the Northwest Colorado home she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle. Connect with her through Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter
1) If you could be any character, from any book who would you be? Why?
I would like to have the heart of Hadassah the Jewish slave girl in Francine River’s The Mark of the Lion series. She endured so much, yet never waivered in her faith and humbleness.
2) I see from your blog that you recently took a trip to Italy. What was your favorite part of the trip?
My very favorite was the day we toured Siena and San Gimignano in Tuscany. I can understand why so many people write about the draw of Tuscany. It actually felt like I had returned home.
Of course, the time with the grandkids was the absolute best!
3) What’s on your writing playlist these days?
My daughter just introduced me to two new instrumental bands. I’m really enjoying Escala and 2Cellos.
4) What Bible verse speaks to you the most?
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
I’ve always loved the idea, and have seen it in my life, of God doing so much more than I can ask for or imagine. Also, knowing that His power is at work within me, spurs me forward on days I feel like quitting.
5) Since it’s December, do you prefer white lights or colored lights on your Christmas tree?
Definitely white lights for the tree. Lots of them!
6) You are part of the newly forming Prologue Chapter on the Western Slope. What’s your vision for the chapter?
I’m excited to see what God has in store for the connection of Western Slope writers. I would love to see a solid group of writers helping one another to be the best we can be through seminars and online/in person meetings.
7) What is the best non-writing advice you ever received?
Don’t sweat the small stuff—and it’s all small stuff, payoff your credit card bill each month, and learning to follow my own advice to patients: No one on their deathbed ever said they wished they’d have kept a cleaner house. Guess that is part of the small stuff!
8) Tell us about your book, Southern Fried Christmas.
Southern Fried Christmas is a novella published by Pelican Book Group. It’s the story of Kelly, a journalist from Colorado who agrees to spend two weeks in south Louisiana during Christmas to write a story about the customs and culture of the area. She’s always lived in the mountains and is having a hard time imagining Christmas without snow. While there, she meets Denny, the widowed son of the woman she’s staying with and falls in love with his daughter, Chelsea and with Denny. Can two people from different worlds be happy together?
Southern Fried Christmas is currently on sale at the following retail outlets: Pelicanbookgroup.com, barnesandnoble.com and Christianbooks.com.