Marcia Laycock writes from central Alberta Canada where she lives with her pastor/husband and two incorrigible golden retrievers. She has lived in Canada’s Arctic, (Dawson City Yukon), and two degrees off the equator, (Papua New Guinea), which has given her much fodder for her writing and speaking ministry. Her work has won several awards, been endorsed by Janette Oke, Phil Callaway, Mark Buchanan and Sigmund Brouwer, and has been broadcast on national radio. Visit Marcia’s website at www.marcialeelaycock.com
What inspired you to become a writer?
My mother used to say I was born with a pencil in my hand. I began very young, writing short stories and poems for my dolls. They didn’t complain so I kept it up. :) Then my aunt gave me a copy of Emily of New Moon for my eleventh birthday. That’s when I discovered you could call yourself a writer and determined that someday that’s what I’d be. It took many years but I published my first short story in 1990 and began writing articles and a faith column for a local newspaper about that same time.
Which one of your books do you consider your “pride and joy”? Why?
That’s a tough question but I think I would say it’s a toss up between the fantasy series that’s about to be published, because I’ve had so much fun writing it, and my first published novel, One Smooth Stone, because God did so much in my own life as I wrote it.
Do you have any preparation rituals before you begin to write?
Not really, but I do need a quiet place. I’m not one of those people who can write at Starbucks. My husband and I share an office – we are literally back to back at our desks – so it’s sometimes a challenge.
If you had to come up with a book title to describe your life, what would it be?
Journey to A Strong Tower. That’s actually the title for my new release, a YA fantasy that will be out this summer. But it summarizes my life well. I came to Christ late in life – just after I was married and at the time of the birth of my first child. It was a long and winding road, to use a cliché, but eventually I came to believe that “the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe.”
If you had a chance to have dinner with any author who would it be?
Oh boy, that’s a hard one. I can think of a few – Dale Cramer, Stephen Lawhead, Athol Diskson, Gina Holmes, Lisa Samson. Any of the above. Ted Decker might be fun too. :)
We all have family, work and other obligations...how do you maintain balance while in the middle of a writing project?
I’m blessed to be in a position where I don’t work out of my home anymore, though as a pastor’s wife life can be busy. I try to keep to a regular schedule of writing and guard that time but sometimes “life” happens and you just have to go with the flow. I try to keep the perspective that my work and my life belongs to God so if he wants me to write he’ll give me the time to do it.
What is the one piece of advice you received about writing that helped you the most?
When I first began writing seriously and wanting to publish, I took a short course with Sigmund Brouwer. He taught me a lot but I think the most important skill was the difference between showing and telling. I also remember him saying that everyone needs an editor and that it’s important to have your work edited, even when you’ve published a lot.
Where can we purchase your books and how can we keep up with you?
Two novels - One Smooth Stone, A Tumbled Stone
A Christmas Novella, An Unexpected Glory
Two devotional books – Spur of the Moment, Abundant Rain (an ebook devotional for writers)
And I have a few things on Smashwords as well.
You can keep up with me on my website – www.marcialeelaycock.com and on these other sites:
Blogs – http://marcialeelaycock.com/thespur/
Facebook - www.facebook.com/marcialeelaycock
Twitter - @MarciaLaycock - profile - https://twitter.com/MarciaLaycock
Google + - google.com/+MarciaLaycock
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/marcialaycock/
Amazon author page - http://www.amazon.com/Marcia-Lee-Laycock/e/B007ATSV1E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1376494411&sr=8-1
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7672491-marcia-lee-laycock
You can also subscribe to my devotional column The Spur.
Last, but not least.....What and when is your next release?
As I mentioned, I have a fantasy series – The Ambassadors Trilogy - that will release this summer as ebooks. Helping Hands Press will release the first book, Journey to a Strong Tower, in volumes (5, I think) sometime in late May or June. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc.