Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Marja McGraw- Twelve Question Tuesday

Today I am excited to welcome Marja McGraw to Twelve Question Tuesday.

1.  Please tell me the three most important things people should know about you.
I’m a klutz. If you see me coming, give me plenty of room. I’ll go out of my way to stick up for what I believe in. I talk a good game, but I don’t really have a lot of self-confidence, so please be kind. 

2.  Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I’m definitely a dog person. We have two Yellow Labrador Retrievers, and they’re outstanding dogs, although they don’t always listen too well. I’ve had dogs most of my adult life and adored each of them for different reasons. I had a miniature toy poodle once who actually saved my daughter and I from an intruder who cut the phone lines and tried to break into the house during the night. (Short version of the story.)

3.  Tea or coffee?
Definitely tea. I love the smell of coffee in the morning, but I’ve never developed a taste for it.

4.  Boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs, or commando? 

LOL None of the above. I’m a girl, after all. 

5.  What was the first thing you ever wrote?
A story for creative writing class in middle school, or as we called it, Jr. High School. A teacher in another class read it aloud to her students and I was shocked, but smiled all the way home from school that day. It was about a dog. There’s that Dog Person coming out in me again. Then I grew up and wrote a terrible book called, Summer’s Ghost. Never published it, but I used the title in another book I wrote.

6.  When did you finally decide to call yourself a writer?
When my first book was published. I don’t like pushy people, and yet I’m pushy because it’s the first thing I tell people about myself. Almost without fail they ask if I write children’s books. Um, no, mysteries. I guess I need a new, grittier look or something. Maybe if I spike my hair?

7.  Which of your works are you most proud to have written?
That’s a tough question. I guess I’d have to say Old Murders Never Die (which is about being stranded in a ghost town). No, on second thought it might be They Call Me Ace (funny stuff). Then again, it might be What Are the Odds? which is my current WIP. I guess they all hold a special place in my heart.

8.  What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
I was quite young I moved into a new apartment. When I walked into the kitchen and stepped on the tile, blood squirted up around the edges. I had horrible visions of a dead body buried under the floor. I ran to a neighbor’s apartment and she ran back with me. She, too, thought it was blood. We were about to call the police when someone else showed up, and it turned out it was rust from a water leak. Oh, brother! Was I ever embarrassed!

And then there was a stalker situation. Oh, and facing a rattle snake up front and personal. Watching the police walk through my home with guns drawn after someone broke in. You could only see their silhouettes through the shades. Hmm. I’ve got a bunch of scariest moments. Then there was the guy who cut the phone lines. The scariest is one I don’t talk about.

Is it any wonder I chose to write mysteries?

 9.  How did you end up getting published?
Persistence and determination. I’m nothing, if not tenacious. Sometimes that can be considered a fault, but in this case it paid off. Writing a readable book didn’t hurt, either.

10.  Would you be food or fighter if the zombie apocalypse were to happen?
I’m laughing over this question. I’d definitely be a fighter, once I got over the shock of seeing a real live zombie. Guess I should rethink my wording. Real live zombie?

11.  What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
I’m not really a very exciting person, so that’s another tough question. I don’t know if it’s daring, but when I worked in law enforcement I once had to search a ladies room for a bomb, with no training. (Many years ago when things were different.) Daring? I’m terrified of flying, so every time I get on an airplane I’m doing something daring.

12.  Would you rather be rich or famous--and you could only have one-- and why?  The fame would be based on something good, not something like being the best serial killer or anything like that.
I’d rather be famous. That would mean people are reading my books. I can’t imagine what it would be like for my name to be a household word. (Can you tell I’m all about books?)

Holli, Thank you for inviting me to visit your site today. Your questions were a lot of fun.



The Bogey Man – A Sandi Webster Mystery (recently re-released)
Imagine you’re a young female P.I., it’s the early morning hours and you’re watching the motel room of an errant husband. The angry wife shows up and blows your cover, and the husband comes after you. Now imagine Humphrey Bogart comes to your rescue – but the actor has been dead since 1957.

Website:          http://www.marjamcgraw.com/

Blog:               http://blog.marjamcgraw.com/ (Updated weekly)


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

That was definitely fun! Enjoyed learning more about you, Marja. You've had some scary moments!

Holli Castillo said...

Thank you Marja for joining me today. Your interview was definitely exciting!

Amy Reade said...

Hi, Marja,

Fun to see you over here today on Holli's blog! I love the idea of spiking your hair...if you do it, be sure to change the picture on your website/blog so we can all see it!

Melodie Campbell said...

Great questions! I'll be with you at your side with my weapons and ammo at the Zombie invasion, Marja - let's not try to trip over each other! :)

M.M. Gornell said...

Fun interview! Interesting questions, Holli! YES,klutz and dog person! (not that I don't like cats--but love dogs) Blood coming up from the floor--what a great start to a story...

Thanks, Holli and Marja, two of my favorite authors (met you both at PSWA)for providing a bright spot in my morning.


marta chausée said...

Too many scary things have happened to you, my dear! And you're such a sweetheart. Life isn't fair!

Joyce A. said...

Congratulations, Marja, you aced the answers to these mysterious, unorthodox author interview questions. We learned more about you and about your books.

Patricia Gligor said...

I love your Twelve Question Tuesday, Holli! And, Marja, your responses were great. So much fun!

jrlindermuth said...

Good interview, Marja. And I agree with Madeline--blood coming up from the floor has to end up in a book.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Enjoyed reading about Marja and learning more about her. I'm one of her biggest fans. You ladies did a terrific job with this interview and I enjoyed reading it. PS: My favorite book of hers is "Old Murders Never Die" and I keep forgetting to mention that I tried and LOVE her PBT sandwiches.

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

This was charming, absolutely charming, like its author. Your sense of humor and clever depictions of the Life of Marja were fun to read. I loved learning more about you!

marja said...

Thank you for checking it out, Marilyn. Yes, I've had an interesting life. : )

marja said...

Holli, Thank you for having me visit today. You do a fun interview.

marja said...

LOL Funny lady, Amy! I'm getting a haircut tomorrow. I'll let you know what I decide.

marja said...

Oh, Melodie, you have no idea who you're talking to. I'm one of the clumsiest people around. :) I'll try to watch for you though.

marja said...

Madeline, Holli and I were delighted to be able to entertain you. And, gosh, you may have hit on something with the story beginning.

marja said...

Marta, There are some things you just have to laugh at or they'll drive you nuts. I'll bet you've had a few scares of your own.

marja said...

Thanks for stopping in, Joyce. You probably learned more than you wanted to know. :)

marja said...

Glad you enjoyed the interview, Patricia. We aim to entertain.

marja said...

Jackie, Thank you so much for your comment about the series! And you made me laugh because no one else has commented that they've tried the PBT sandwich yet. So glad you liked it.

marja said...

Thank you, Sharon. Holli does a great and fun interview. I enjoy sharing things I can make jokes about.

marja said...

Thank you, John. It's interesting how other people pick up on the things we overlook. : )

Nicola Furlong said...

Great questions, Holli, and I love Marja's answers. I think spiky hair is a fab idea!


marja said...

Thanks, Nicola! Holli really did make this a lot of fun. Spiked hair? LOL I'll try on a wig and see how it would look.

Jean Henry Mead said...

I didn't realize we have so much in common, Marja: dogs, tea and klutziness for starters. I enjoyed the interview, you two.

Jake said...

That was a fun interview. Almost like reading one of your great novels. Let us not go flying one day soon.

marja said...

Thank you, Jean. I'm beginning to learn I have a lot in common with a number of people. Who knew? :)

marja said...

Ah, Jake, come on. You don't want to go flying with me? Thank you for the compliment.

Eileen Obser said...

Love this, Marja and Holli. Always learn new things through these 12-questions blogs.

marja said...

Thank you, Eileen. Holli hit on a fun idea. : )