interviewing Author Arlene Marron

1. Tell me about yourself?

I am a registered nurse who retired from a 40+ years career in healthcare. I live in the US, in Pennsylvania, with my husband Gerry. In addition to writing, I enjoy reading, bicycling, playing piano, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and playing Mah Jongg. We have a blended family and are awaiting the arrival of our eighth grandchild. 

2. What are your favorite books to read?

I like fiction, especially stories about families and their relationships. It wasn't until I finished writing my second book—about families—that I realized that I like to write what I like to read. 

3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?

About a week before I retired from a career in the healthcare field in December 2019, a coworker commented that I should do something from my bucket list. I immediately replied that I would write a novel. I wondered why I had replied so quickly and with such conviction, as I hadn't thought about writing a book since my adolescence. I took a few writing courses in high school and considered college and a career in writing, but decided to go to nursing school instead. I didn't realize writing a novel was on my bucket list.

"Beneath A Blanket Of Snow" was my first novel. I self-published it in July 2020.

4. How did you come up with the name of your book?

I thought of the title "Beneath A Blanket Of Snow" after I finished the last chapter of the book. I left my desk and practiced yoga for about thirty minutes. As I was relaxing at the end of the practice, with my body and mind relaxed, I thought of the name. 

5. What are you working on for 2021.

I was overwhelmed by the wonderful response to my debut novel, so I decided to keep writing. I released "If We Had Known" in April 2021.  I also wrote a short story, along with other indie authors, in "The Need for Speed." I am considering writing a story for young adults. I'm also thinking about what I want to do for my next novel.

6. How long have you been writing?

I started my debut novel in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. 

7.What advice would you give other authors?

I see other indie authors who write good stories, but sometimes the books need editing. I think it's important to present your work in the best possible light. While some readers are not bothered by typos and misspellings, others are. 

8. Where can people find you online?

I have a new website:

9. What is your favorite coffee drink?

I occasionally drink cappuccino, but most days I really like a cup of dark, bold coffee, with just a touch of sugar.

10. What is your favorite coffee shop?

Being an indie writer, I like to frequent independent coffee shops. 

11. Do you plan on making a new book in the future?

Yes, I plan to continue to write. I am formulating an idea in my head now for the next book.

12. How many books have you written?

So far, two. 

13. Did you go to college to be a writer?

No, although I considered it in high school, I went to nursing school instead.