Friday, October 10, 2014
My Guest Today Is Marsha Hubler - Drop in and say hello!
Living in central PA in a community populated by the Amish and Mennonite folk, Marsha's accurate portrayal of their lifestyles enhances her writing style, bringing life to her Snyder County characters. Marsha is the author of the eight-book best-selling Keystone Stables juvenile fiction series by Zonderkidz. She also is the author of three other kids' books, a Bible study guide for ladies, and a homeschooling helps book. She has a master's degree in education, has over 40 years experience in education, and is presently a homeschool consultant in central Pennsylvania. Marsha has always loved kids and horses. She's been a foster parent and had owned horses for over 20 years. Her "Skye and Champ" stories in the Keystone Stables books reflect many of her own "wild" experiences with kids and horses. She also loves dogs and has two mixed terriers, Skippy and Bailey, who she adopted from a no-kill rescue shelter. Living in a rural farm area of Pennsylvania affords Marsha the luxury of enjoying her three-acre property with her husband and dogs. She has a goldfish pond and a gazebo in her backyard. Most of all, she is thankful to God for allowing her to write books. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of eleven, and now she can look back and see how God prepared her to write books. She considers it a special calling to write, especially for young people, and share biblical principles with which her readers can have happy and productive lives.Marsha loves to hear from her fans and horse lovers.
>What five words describe you?
Christian, Passionate, Goal-oriented, Creative, Servant
>What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?
In August, the 7th short story (of 12), THE HARNERS' BRAND NEW LIFE, for my Snyder County Quilting Bee Short Stories Series 2, was released. It involves a Mennonite couple, John and Katrina Friesen, and their love and care for two troubled African American foster children. Can John and Katrina help Franco and Shonda, or will the children have to be placed in another home? The story will be released in September.
>Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from
your most recent book?
Now that is a very good question but one I can’t answer because my latest book, SNOW, PHANTOM STALLION OF THE POCONOS (to be released in October), involves a thirteen-year-old girl, Dallis Parker, and a wild Mustang stallion. I’m not familiar with any tween or young teen actresses today. I also don’t know any white horses making movies anymore either. (Ha ha)
>If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have
been and why?
I’m treading on Holy Ground here by mentioning the Bible, and no human author could ever begin to equal the skill and mastery of the Author of all Authors. The Bible is filled with words that have enlightened millions of people to accept God’s wonderful plan of salvation, which guarantees them eternal life. No other book has ever been so powerful with its message.
>What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing about writing is budgeting time to do it. It takes a lot of discipline and determination to make the time and just sit down and write.
>Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
To get through writer’s block, an author has to have the quality time to just “sit and think.” In our fast-moving society, that’s really hard to do, but it has to be done to be a published author.
>Where would your dream location be for writing?
I have a “dream location,” my home in the woods on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley in central PA
>When creating characters, are they based on people in your life?
All my fiction books have been mostly based either on the twelve foster children we had in our home years ago or on my Amish/Mennonite friends here in Snyder County.
>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?
I read some reviews occasionally, but I don’t hang my hat there. I dismiss the bad reviews mostly as “stupid” because some of them just seem so silly or vindictive, they’re not worth the space they take. And I’ve noticed all authors, even our top best-selling authors, get bad reviews. There’s always someone who doesn’t like something. Once in awhile, I’ll respond to positive reviews with a thank you; I don’t waste my time on the bad ones.
>If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?
I’ve always loved horses, so I’d be a horse breeder and trainer.
>What would you tell your younger self that would have helped
you in your writing career?
Join a critique group immediately and attend as many writers’ conferences as possible. Those two things are essential to becoming a better writer.
>Where can we buy your books?
My Keystone Stables Series and The Loves of Snyder County Series and The Snyder County Quilting Bee Short Story Series, along with You’ve Decided to Homeschool, Now What? are all online at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, other book sites, and in any “real live” bookstore that has the Ingram list.
>How can we keep up with you? Blog, Facebook, etc......
URLs for Marsha Hubler’s Social Media Sites
C.A.N. Author Page: author page: http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/marsha-hubler/
AUTHOR PAGE AT AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/author/marshahubler
MY WRITERS’ TIPS & AUTHORS’ BLOG: http://marshahubler.wordpress.com/
MY LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY FAN PAGE ON MY BLOG: http://marshahubler.wordpress.com/the-loves-of-snyder-county/
MY HORSE FACTS’ BLOG FOR MY FANS: http://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/