Marie Marquardt

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I am an author of young adult novels, a college professor, and an immigration advocate.

How are these all connected? After many years as a researcher, service provider, and – most importantly – friend with immigrants to Georgia, I felt frustrated. I often spoke to groups about immigration and the need for immigration reform. I offered clear, rational explanations and data on why our immigration system needs to be repaired. And then I realized something: people only begin to care when they meet and get to know someone who is living inside this broken system. It’s been my great honor to have those very relationships over decades.

So, I decided to try my hand at writing a fictional (but very real) stories based on my own experiences. I hope the
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Marie Marquardt Usually, what "blocks" my writing is my very full life! When I'm really desperate to carve out time for writing, I wake up very early in the morning…moreUsually, what "blocks" my writing is my very full life! When I'm really desperate to carve out time for writing, I wake up very early in the morning (I mean VERY early) and write for a couple of hours before the rest of the house gets up. It's not often that I sit in front of the computer, unable to put words on the page - I usually write too many words. But if I do find myself staring at a blank screen, I take my dog for a walk or listen to amazing music. Each of my stories has a playlist that brings me into the characters and their emotions. When I'm stuck, I listen to the right song on repeat. (less)
Marie Marquardt I'm fascinated by the ways that we humans interact! I've always payed close attention to people in random places - at the grocery store, in a coffee…moreI'm fascinated by the ways that we humans interact! I've always payed close attention to people in random places - at the grocery store, in a coffee shop, in line at the post office, in the airport (airports are incredible for people-watching!). Now, I sort-of have a reason to do all of this, since I need these subtle details if I want to make the relationships in my stories feel real. In other words: being a writer is a great excuse for strange, mildly socially unacceptable behavior. (less)
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