Penelope Marzec fell in love with happy endings at an early age. Two of her inspirational romances won EPIC’s eBook Award and another was a finalist in that contest. Her paranormal, Irons In The Fire, was a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award.
She is a member of the RWA, the Liberty States Fiction Writers, and EPIC Authors. Mother of three daughters, and a retired teacher, she is married to an electrical engineer turned accordionist.
Welcome back today, Penelope! What do you consider the best resources for historical research?
What or who inspired you to write inspirational fiction?
An agent, Ruth Wreschner, took me on as a client after she read my manuscript. However, she had no success getting editors interested in it. At that time, few publishers were interested in paranormal romances. After a while, Ms. Wreschner suggested an inspirational romance and I wrote Sea Of Hope. However, she died suddenly of pneumonia and I could not get another agent interested my book. At the same time, ebooks came on the market and one of my writing friends landed a contract with Awe-Struck Publishing. I checked their website and discovered they were acquiring inspirationals. Since I had one ready, I sent it in. One month later, I had a contract for the book, which went on to win the EPPIE Award.
What helps you maintain productivity as a writer?
And what do you find most challenging about the business of being an author?
Do you feel you are more of a character driven or plot driven writer?
How do you think it comes across in your writing?
The emotions of the characters bring them to life on the page.
Would you like to share about what you are working on now?
I am working on the sequel to Patriot’s Heart, which will be titled Patriot’s Pride. It will be Margaret’s story, Agnes’s sister.
Do you have any last words of wisdom to share with aspiring authors?
Thank you, Penelope, for joining us at Novel PASTimes. It has been a privilege to interview you.
Do you prefer to read novels set during the Revolutionary War or the Civil War and why?