Please welcome Marin Thomas to Writer Unboxed. Marin writes Women’s Fiction for Berkley/NAL and western romances for Harlequin books. To date she has contracted over 35 projects for Harlequin. Her first women’s fiction novel, The Promise of Forgiveness, will release next month.
Marin grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and attended college at the University of Arizona where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV. Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas. Marin and her husband are recent empty nesters and currently live in Houston, Texas, where she spends her free time junk hunting and researching her next ghost tour.
Daydream Your Way To A Better Story
How many times have you heard authors, agents, editors, and writing coaches tell you that you should write what you know?
If we only write about what we know, this world would lose out on some pretty amazing works of fiction. I’m a prime example of writing what I don’t know and being relatively successful at it. I’m not talking about becoming rich off my books—I’d have better luck taking my chances on a lottery ticket. I’m talking about staying in contract.
I sold my first book with Harlequin in 2004 and to date I’ve written over 35 projects for them (books, online reads and novellas). Most recently, I branched into women’s fiction with my first sale to Berkley/NAL. I consider myself fortunate to having survived in this business for over a decade.
But here’s the kicker; my imagination, not what I know, has kept me employed all these years—that and help from my writing partner Google. [Read more…]