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Loretta Marion

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Though born and raised in the Midwest, Loretta Marion fell in love with New England and has made it the setting for much of her writing. She is a true bibliophile with a love for reading and creating with words beginning when she was just a young girl. And that affection for the written word has followed her like a shadow throughout her life.

Loretta’s writing bridges the genres of mystery and suspense and women’s fiction, always with hints of romance and humor, sometimes delving into the psychological and paranormal. She creates strong but flawed and struggling characters as appealing as the rich atmospheric settings in which the stories take place.

When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or
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Loretta Marion Great question, Lynnette. A little of both actually. Because the story itself is a fluid entity, as it evolves, so must the characters to fit in. But …moreGreat question, Lynnette. A little of both actually. Because the story itself is a fluid entity, as it evolves, so must the characters to fit in. But I have to have a starting point, an image in my head of each character. So after I create a general outline of the story, I develop a brief bio for each character. And I MUST name them. Then begins the process of getting to know them. In the beginning they are mere acquaintances. At the end, they've become a part of me.
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Loretta Marion The only time I feel blocked as a writer is when there's too much clutter in my life - both mental and physical clutter. So for me, the only way to so…moreThe only time I feel blocked as a writer is when there's too much clutter in my life - both mental and physical clutter. So for me, the only way to solve this is to set aside the writing for a bit and address the disorder of my thoughts and surroundings. When that's accomplished my mind is free to create again.(less)
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Why I chose Cape Cod as the setting for my Haunted Bluffs Mystery Series

The first summer my husband and I were invited to our friends' summer cottage in Eastham on Cape Cod, I imagined it would be a fun beach getaway. However, I'd not been prepared for love at first sight. More than two decades have passed since that first visit and my love affair has only intensified, especially since I decided to set my Haunted Bluffs mystery series on the Cape.

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“An author has to fit into the skin of her characters, to imagine being trapped by unfortunate and sometimes violent circumstances she herself has never experienced. Consequently, I think fiction writers become more empathetic beings from being forced to see the world through the eyes of the disparate characters we create.”
Loretta H. Marion, The Fool's Truth

“I found the woman's rapt expression disconcerting as she carried Gabriella to the second floor bedroom and gently placed her under the worn but downy soft quilts. But what was most disturbing was the sound of the door being locked from the outside after Rebekah left the room. I flipped open my phone for reassurance but didn't find it there. The farm was obviously beyond cell tower range. I tried to calm fears by reminding myself that we were in fact the strangers in this situation.”
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“An author has to fit into the skin of her characters, to imagine being trapped by unfortunate and sometimes violent circumstances she herself has never experienced. Consequently, I think fiction writers become more empathetic beings from being forced to see the world through the eyes of the disparate characters we create.”
Loretta H. Marion, The Fool's Truth

“I found the woman's rapt expression disconcerting as she carried Gabriella to the second floor bedroom and gently placed her under the worn but downy soft quilts. But what was most disturbing was the sound of the door being locked from the outside after Rebekah left the room. I flipped open my phone for reassurance but didn't find it there. The farm was obviously beyond cell tower range. I tried to calm fears by reminding myself that we were in fact the strangers in this situation.”
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“Everything comes down to time in the end - to the passing of time, to changing. Ever thought of that? Anything that makes you happy or sad, isn't it all based on minutes going by? Isn't happiness expecting something time is going to bring you? Isn't sadness wishing time back again? Even big things - even mourning a death: aren't you really just wishing to have the time back when that person was alive? Or photos - ever notice old photographs? How wistful they make you feel? Long-ago people smiling, a child who would be an old lady now, a cat that died, a flowering plant that's long since withered away and the pot itself broken or misplaced...Isn't it just that time for once is stopped that makes you wistful? If only you could turn it back again, you think. If only you could change this or that, undo what you have done, if only you could roll the minutes the other way, for once.”
Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

“Later, she would reflect on the fact, and wonder if there was something wrong with her that, even when her heart was breaking, a small part of her stood outside the emotional truth of the moment, taking notes. Later still, when she'd become better acquainted with Graham Greene, she would realize it was merely the splinter of ice that all writers hold in their hearts.

She reached slowly into her pocket to stroke her notebook. Thinking, thinking...

She stood quickly as a spark of animation fired her from within. Her breaths had quickened and her head was swimming with shimmery threads of ideas that needed braiding together. She needed to think, to plot.”
Kate Morton, The Lake House

“Alice glanced at her wristwatch and noted, with surprise, that it had just gone two. No wonder she was hungry. She laced her fingers and stretched her arms forward. She stood up. Frustrating to lose an entire morning to the rigors of pushing Diggory Brent from A to B, but there was nothing to be done about it now. Half a century as a professional writer had taught her there were some days when the best thing to do was to walk away.”
Kate Morton, The Lake House

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