30 November 2018

Novel Conversations With Florence Osmund and Marie Marchetti

 In conjunction with Indie BRAG
posted every Friday

To be a little different from the usual 'meet the author' 
let's meet a character...

Marie Marchetti

Q: Hello. I’m Helen, the host of Novel Conversations. Please do make yourself comfortable. Would you like a drink? Tea, coffee, wine – something stronger? You’ll find a box of chocolates and a bowl of fruit on the table next to you, please do help yourself. I believe you are a character in Florence Osmund’s novel The Coach House. Would you like to introduce yourself? Are you a lead character or a supporting role?  
A: Hello, Helen. Thank you for taking time for this interview. My name is Marie Marchetti, and I am the lead character in The Coach House. Born in 1925, I was twenty-one years old when my story first began. And for the record, my drink of choice is red wine.

Q: [Hands Marie a glass of fine Merlot] What genre is the novel and what is it about?
A: My story’s genre is literary fiction. It takes place in Chicago in the 1940s and is about my life before, during, and after my marriage to Richard. We started out having the perfect life together. Or at least it seemed until I discovered his involvement with some very shady characters in suspicious activities. After I accidentally got caught up in one of his harrowing escapades, I ended up running for my life. But Richard wasn’t about to let me go so easily, and he continued to try to seduce me into his world. Long story short, it was the unexpected discovery of my real father and his heritage that changed my life more than Richard ever could.

Q: No spoilers, but are you a ‘goodie’ or a ‘baddie’? (Or maybe you are both!)
A: I may not have always made the best decisions, but I am definitely a “goodie.”

Q:  Tell me about another character in the novel – maybe your best friend, lover or partner … or maybe your arch enemy!
A: My husband was one of those men who could charm the pants off anyone, so I learned the hard way to always be on high alert for a hidden agenda with him. And he was a master at playing into my emotions, making matters even worse. Money was more important to Richard than anything else—including me—and unfortunately that took a while for me to figure out.

Q: Is this the only novel you have appeared in, or are there others in a series?
A: There is a sequel to The Coach House titled Daughters in which the story continues with my endeavor to get to know my father and his family—which was not easy for any of us, especially my father’s wife.

Q: What is one of your least favourite scenes you appear in?
A: I had such a difficult time with a scene in Daughters when my father went with me to South Carolina where he grew up the son of a slave. It was extremely upsetting to hear him tell his story, observe the racial prejudice that still exists there, and witness the agony on my father’s face as he re-lived painful segments of his life.

Q: And your favourite scene?
A: My favorite scene was the first Christmas I spent with my new family. I don’t want to give away this moment, as it would lose much of its meaning without knowing what led up to it.

Q: Tell me a little about your author. Has she written any other books?

A: The Coach House and Daughters were my author’s first two books. Since then she has written five more novels—all literary fiction, although I believe one could also be classified as a cozy mystery.

Q: Is your author working on anything else at the moment?
A: Her current project is about two women from completely different cultures who lose their fathers at the same time. It’s the story of how their lives intertwine and the secrets they realize they have about each other’s father.

Q: How do you think indie authors, such as your author, can be helped or supported by readers or groups? What does your author think is the most useful for her personally?
A: With the right editor, indie-written books are every bit as good as those traditionally-published—the number of award-winning and best-selling indie authors increases each year. If an indie book has been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion, you know it has gone through a rigorous review process and considered to be well worth the reader’s time and money. Give us a chance.

Q: Finally, before we must bid adieu, the novel you appear in has been awarded a prestigious IndieBRAG Medallion, does your author find this helpful, and is there anything else he/she would like IndieBRAG to do to help indie authors receive the recognition they deserve?
A: The indieBRAG organization has been a great resource for vetting and promoting quality indie books. Just keep up the good work!

Thank you Marie. It was a pleasure talking to you. Would your author like to add anything? While she is finding something suitable, would you like more wine? And do have a chocolate or two. Salute! Here’s to being a successful Brag Medallion Honouree!

Florence says: I am so glad you were able to meet Marie—the first main character of my own making. I have come a long way since then and share my writing experiences—successes and mistakes made along the way—on my website. So, if you’re a new or aspiring writer, please come for a visit. You’ll find writing tips, learn what self-publishing is all about, how to get started writing, book promotion ideas, and much more.

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  1. Thank you Helen for chatting with Marie. Your choice in red wine was heavenly.

    1. I have a special supply of the best wine hidden away....

  2. Another wonderful interview. It was nice meeting Marie (and Florence) - and one can only hope that she will eventually (and safely) escape the clutches of her shady husband.

    1. It's really interesting meeting the characters isn't it?

  3. Sounds like a fascinating story with a good proportion of family secrets rattling in the cupboard!Thanks for a great interview.

  4. I can say that this is a wonderful book and I think very timely considering the state we seem to be in today. All of Ms. Osmunds books are worth a read!


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