Name BL Marsh
Age shhhhh don’t ask that question
Where are you from; Texas
A little about your selfie your education Family life etc
I am from Texas. Born and raised and this has shaped everything about me, from my mannerisms to my speech patterns. I am a musicologist/historian/theologian and I play and teach the clarinet. I have a house full of boys and a warren of rabbits.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My first fiction novel, The Lilith Scroll is set to release in Aug.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always been a writer. I journalled as a child and have continued that into my adulthood.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably in graduate school after writing program notes, papers and lectures.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I didn’t think that the story of my Master’s Thesis was complete. It was lacking something. I realized later on that it was missing magic and unicorns and some other mythical creatures. . Because in academia you can’t always find “the answer” for a variety of reasons. I thought, “What if?” and The Lilith Scroll was born.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. I write in a more lyrical, flowing style which is more indicative of a turn of the 20th century style.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The book is based around several scrolls, like the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Lilith Scroll is one of them.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Your faith will never fail you. Belief is the way to salvation.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I would have to say that depends greatly on your beliefs, but the information I give in the book about the history is 98% accurate. There is one term that I changed the meaning of slightly and took the negative connotation out.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The experiences in the book are based on the history of a musical tradition that was very prevalent during the Crusades called “The Armed Man.”
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and Pride and Prejudice
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Julie Richman’s series
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m not about new authors, but I love Heather Killough-Walden, Olivia Cunning, Marie Force, Kathleen Brooks, Raine Miller and Ruth Cardello.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
The Lilith Scroll, The Sanctuary and If You Seek Amy.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Becca Manuel and Bibliophile Productions. They are the most professional people in the business and they will make sure your brand is what you want and you get the look you want with every single item that they create.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. It’s been changed already 🙂
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated
I have always journalled and written and told stories. I am also a teacher and a musicologist and there is a lot of writing in telling the story of your topic. This was a natural outcropping of those passions.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Alaric paced back and forth before the pool. The images that unfolded before him were more confusing than the vision he witnessed yesterday. The young girl sleeping in the vision was coming into her powers. Powers which he had never seen combined in one being. The events of today added new pieces to the puzzle.
He stopped and looked onto the watery surface . The little girl stirred in her unsettled dreams. Ancient runes in the language of the angels appeared over and over on her body. There were spells of protection, spells of healing, and spells that he had never seen before.
“You are very mysterious, little one.” The great Dragon Knight spoke into the air to no one in particular. He stood watch over her sleeping form, writing down the spells as they appeared in the great scroll before him, The Lilith Scroll.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Conforming to today’s colloquial standards. It is a stance I have made that I won’t change who I am and how I write. This is my voice. My story.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
If I only get one, then C.S.Lewis. His writing draws the reader in and challenges them. That’s what I crave. I want to open a book and embark on journey into a new world, whether it’s a fantastical world or an existential construct and when I get to that last page, I want to be more evolved. I want to have grown in my thinking. Lewis does that for me.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jena Brignola with Bibliophile Productions.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Someone asked once how much research went into this book. If I were to have a bibliography (and I do) it is around 50 sources for book 1 alone, and that took over 3 years to read before I ever put a word down on the page. The book spans from the time of creation up to modern day but focuses mainly on the Akkadian, Sumerian, and Persian empires, with Medieval and Renaissance cathedral architecture and art history from the 7th-15 centuries, delves mainly into the theologies of Gnosticism and Kabbalah, and the mythologies of the Celtic and Norse peoples. The first book is set in modern times.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Faith is the single most important thing a person can possess.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing. Everyday jot a thought down. Think through a scene. Listen to music. Take a walk and get lost in the world you are creating
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart thank you. Thank you for taking a chance on Lilith and her story. For having the faith to believe that good will always overcome evil and for walking this journey with me.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Playing the piano, knitting, quilting, and stitching
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
None really. I watched all the versions of Stargate, Star Trek TNG, Gilmore Girls. The Kings, The Newsroom
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite food is French fries. Sweet potato ones are the best. My favorite color is cerulean blue, and my favorite music is DuFay and Tallis. In modern music I love Ashes Remain, One Direction, and LifeHouse
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Continued being a musician and teacher.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website is http://www.blmarsh.com It is currently under construction.