NOTE: Commentary is made as a private citizen and not as Regional Coordinator for Silent No More or Leader of Rachel's Hope, unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Marcia’s writing has won awards in Canada and the U.S.  Her devotionals are distributed to thousands and her novel, One Smooth Stone, won the Best New Canadian Christian Author Award from Castle Quay Books and The Word Guild. The sequel, A Tumbled Stone has also garnered excellent reviews. Marcia’s work has often been short-listed in The Word Awards. Her most recent release is a The Ambassadors, a YA fantasy series just launched with Helping Hands Press. Marcia is also a sought-after speaker for women’s events. Visit her at

What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?

I am working on the third book in my fantasy series, The Ambassadors.  In this book, Eghan is in a dark place. He has been badly wounded, his father is dead, his kingdom ripped away from him. The prince's faith is hanging by a very thin thread, but God has a plan. I am also working on a play, based on an experience my father had when he was part of the liberation forces that freed the prisoners at Bergen Belsen at the end of WW2. The play will be produced at a local theatre in May. April 15, 2015 will be the 70th anniversary of the liberation of that camp.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Alex Pettyfer (I am #4) would work for Eghan, Patrick Stewart for Ulhrik, Ellen Page (Inception) for Nara.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Les Miserables. It's my favourite book of all time because of it's amazing portrayal of grace/legalism, love/hate, hope/despair.
What is the hardest thing about writing? 

Just doing it.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Do something fun, something that will take your mind completely off the project you're working on.

 Where would your dream location be for writing?

 A quiet cabin in the woods - no cell phones, no electricity, wood heat. Oh yeah. :)

When creating characters, are they based on people in your life? 

Sometimes. The main character in my first novel, One Smooth Stone, is a composite of several people I knew in the Yukon who were trying to run from their past lives.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes I usually read them and sometimes respond to thank the reader who took the time to write the review. I greatly appreciate any who do. How to deal with the bad - after ranting and raving for a few minutes read it again to see if there's any truth in it. If so, act accordingly. If not, hit delete and carry on.  

If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?

An artist or musician.  I so admire both.  

What would you tell your younger self that would have helped you in your writing career?

Show, don't tell, is one of the best skills to learn.  I wish I'd learned it sooner.  Also, remember god is doing something in you as you write.  Even if that piece is never published it has purpose.

Where can we buy your books?

If you live in Canada you can get them directly from me by emailing or going to my website:

Here are the links where you will find them online:

One Smooth Stone -
A Tumbled Stone -
Spur of the Moment -
Abundant Rain -
The Ambassadors - Journey to a Strong Tower (Volume 1 of Book 1)
The Ambassadors PB - book one – -
The Ambassadors PB - book one – -
The Ambassadors Book One PB on HHP site -

 How can we keep up with you? Blog, Facebook, etc......

Website/personal blog -
Blog for reviews of Christian books -
Twitter - @MarciaLaycock

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting me, Patti. It was fun. :)Marcia


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