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Louise Marley

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photograph, Louise Marley, courtesy of the author; 220x259

Louise Marley

American author and singer Louise Marley says, "I began my working life at the age of 13, stacking hay bales on a Montana ranch, and since then I've worked as a cowgirl, as a nurse, as a folksinger, as an elementary school music teacher, as a concert and opera singer, a college music professor, and now as a writer and teacher of science fiction and fantasy. I knew from a very early age--5--that I wanted to be an entertainer, and I find very little difference between singing and writing."

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

I find conventions, and the conversations I have there, endlessly stimulating. I don't adjust my work with fan response in mind, of course, because that would be like creating by committee, the way Chinese opera composers did during the dark years, but I do find myself encouraged and made curious by the way readers react to a book or a story. I didn't discover sf conventions until I was already published, and I think I missed out on a wonderful source of information, inspiration, and community which, now that I know about them, I've enjoyed very much.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

I had a fabulous fan girl moment in a restroom at ReaderCon! That was lovely fun. Otherwise, I think the aggregate of these meetings is all positive.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

I may be the biggest Connie Willis fan in the world. She's one of very few writers I re-read, and I try never to miss anything she publishes. I also attend her workshops whenever I can. She's a fantastic teacher, and I could listen to her talk about writing more or less forever.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

Nathan Fillion! (As Captain Mal, of course. Castle's fine, but . . . Mal had that great bad-boy personality.)

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

Sarah Palin. :-) I'm afraid violence would ensue.

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

Bach CDs, some of my favorite childhood reads, and a nice cushy blanket.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

I expect my agent, and my husband, too, would like me to be more businesslike about my work, but for me, writing is its own reward. I do like, and expect, to sell everything I write, but I'm not one of those who feel that it's an onerous occupation. I was a singer in my first career, and I suffered from the same thing -- I liked doing it too much to be very businesslike about it.

That being said, I would love to have a television of film adaptation of some of my books. I think Mozart's Blood, for example, would make a marvelous movie, and I would consult on the music. I also think The Terrorists Of Irustan would make a good film. It's a hard thing for a novelist to control, I'm afraid.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

I feel honored and fortunate to have spent my life in the arts, and not just one form, but two of them! I don't know many people who have enjoyed that privilege, and I try never to forget to be grateful. Not only is it deeply rewarding, but now that I'm a working writer, I see no reason I can't go on doing it as long as I like!

submitted by Louise Marley

25 July 2014

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Just the facts:
Born: August 15th, in Ross, California
Resides: The great Pacific Northwest
My bibliography has gotten a bit long, if I may say that with modesty. There are now eighteen novels and a score of short stories, some of which have been reprinted several times. Most gratifying! The entire bibliography is at, with links to, which is the pseudonym for my historical novels.

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