We had the good fortune of connecting with Faith Marlow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Faith, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
One of my favorite quotes about writing is from R.A. Salvatore, “If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, you’re a writer.” I think the idea of throwing in the towel is something that many authors and creatives struggle with. I can vividly remember when I decided to quit, to just give up and stop fighting what felt like a never ending battle. It lasted for about a day and a half. I realized that writing was such a huge part of my identity that I would never be able to entirely quit. I could write and just keep the stories to myself but it isn’t the same. There is a drive to not only create but to share it with others, as terrifying as that can be sometimes. I don’t think giving up is an option for some of us and that is where having a support system is invaluable, especially those in your field. Nobody else can empathize with you better than someone is has known that struggle themselves.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal, Dark Fantasy, and Horror stories. My first book is “Being Mrs. Dracula” and the first book in the series. It’s the story of the brides of Dracula from their perspectives, told in epistolary and narrative styles. I was greatly influenced by Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and worked very hard to be respectful of the story while creating my own. There are so many stories based on and influenced by Stoker’s novel but what sets my book, and subsequent series, apart is that Dracula is a side character. The brides are the main characters and the story revolves around how Dracula’s choices shape their lives. I have other books that are available, such as my “Scorned Women” series and its first book based on the story of Medusa and “Our Fearful Roots”, a Southern Gothic horror novel that I co-wrote with my dear colleague, Carmilla Voiez.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to Mr. Eddie Archer, my fifth grade teacher. I first discovered my love for writing in his class. Our poems were collected in a little booklet called “Visions”, along with our illustrations. That was the first time I saw my work in print and I was so proud. Teachers light the fuse in young minds, introducing them to interests that will stay with them the rest of their lives. This was certainly the case with me and I am so grateful.
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