Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Marsha Casper Cook.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Marsha Casper Cook
I try to look at myself as ageless because then I have no limit to what I can accomplish.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Chicago, and I love it!
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am an author, screenwriter, podcast producer and host at Michigan Avenue Media on Blog Talk Radio. I was not a great student in school but have surprised myself over the years as to what I can do, which is why I love doing radio shows because it showcases so many people who have accomplished so much more than they ever thought possible. Dreams can become realities.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m in the process of finishing another Romantic Comedy.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I didn’t become a writer until I was a mother and wife but haven’t stopped since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not sure when it was because for so many years I had rejection after rejection and I pushed myself to continue and I’m so glad I did.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Life and having a good time. I wasn’t quite sure what genre I was going to write about and after so many years of writing I have no idea what made me begin what has become so much a part of my life.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I always find it very difficult to come up with titles and usually by the time I finish my book I come up with the title and if I don’t like it, I choose another.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t think I have a certain style but I found it very difficult writing sexy romance but have learned and am still trying to learn more about how to write great romance stories.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All of my books are complete fiction and have nothing to do with family or friends. I did write a memoir for a Holocaust Survivor which was quite difficult but a great learning experience.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t travel very much because I don’t like to fly but am hopeful some day, I will do more traveling.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have a hard time finding the write pictures for the idea and them I have a very good Illustrator, Mikey Brooks and Robin Surface from Fideli Publishing has done wonderful covers for me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Life is short so live it to the fullest!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I love to write and it is my career at this point of my life.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
When I re- read my books after time passes, I usually like them a lot more than after I finish. It takes me time to enjoy my own work but when they come out as audios it’s very enjoyable to listen to them which has a big surprise for me.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I usually learn something from every book I write but sometimes it doesn’t hit me right away but eventually over time I learn about myself through my writing.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I don’t pick actors anymore because sometimes in the past some of the actors I have chosen get older but my characters seem to stay the same age.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing and don’t be scared of a bad review. Sometimes a bad review can help with your next project.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for reading my work and enjoying my stories. That means so much to me and keeps me writing more.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I don’t read as much as I used to because I really enjoy Audio Books.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I do remember my grandmother introducing me to Romance Books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Life and the way people love each other.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Not really. I’m, always happy to meet people on a daily basis or on my Podcast.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love watching movies, new and old.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy most of the new series on cable. I think some of the new movies as well as series have wonderful writers.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colors, music?
I don’t have favorite foods or music but I love the color red.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I hope that never happens.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family and friends because at the end of the day that’s what really matters.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She loved, laughed and enjoyed life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?