A Blog Tour Welcome to Marja McGraw
April 23, 2012
Marja, so glad to be on tour with you. Really enjoying our tour, and getting to know everyone better. Welcome to the Mojave, and our wonderful Spring weather!
Marja McGraw was born and raised in Southern California. She worked in both civil and criminal law for 15 years, state transportation for another 17 years, and most recently for a city building department. She has lived and worked in California, Nevada, Oregon, Alaska and Arizona.
McGraw wrote a weekly column for a small town newspaper in Northern Nevada, and conducted a Writers’ Support Group in Northern Arizona. A member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), she was also the Editor for the SinC-Internet Newsletter for a year and a half.
She has appeared on KOLO-TV in Reno, Nevada, and KLBC in Laughlin, Nevada, and various radio talk shows. She and her husband now live in Arizona, where life is good.
Challenges— Am I allowed to say everything is a challenge? Just joking – in a way. I truly love writing, so I can’t call that a challenge. When I’m working on a book, I’m totally focused on the story. Unfortunately, life, marketing and promoting get in the way.
I suppose the biggest challenge is getting my name “out there”. Unless I change my name to something like Janet Evanovich or Mary Higgins Clark, people are going to say “Margie Who?” Okay, if you can get Evanovich right, surely you can figure out Marja McGraw. Or not. Very few people get my name right. It actually sounds like “large” with an “a” on the end. Larga/Marja.
I’ve joined groups, I’ve volunteered for a few things (time permitting), I try to sneak in comments on the various groups from time to time and then I hope I haven’t said something dumb or offensive. I can be outspoken sometimes. I’ve done many presentations at libraries, bookstores and for civic groups. It’s all part of marketing and promotion.
Lest we forget, most of us have family and/or jobs to attend to, also. And occasionally I like to do something just plain social.
So balancing all of the activities becomes the challenge.
On your writing horizon–Right now I’m working on Death Comes in Three’s, another Sandi Webster mystery. This one will let the reader in on some of Sandi’s past and the past of a few other repeat characters in the books. Her first case involving a murder comes back to haunt her in the form of a killer who’s escaped from prison. Her partner, Pete, is out-of-town and unreachable, so that leaves her menopausal mother, an elderly neighbor, and a teeny tiny friend to help her out of this mess. Oh, and her friend, Stanley Hawks, who doesn’t really want anyone to know how he met Sandi and Pete.
Bogey’s Ace in the Hole was just released in March, 2012, and They Call Me Ace, another Bogey Man mystery is due to be released in January, 2013.
Pleasure and satisfaction–Three things come to mind. The writing itself is both pleasurable and satisfying. Secondly, the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made because of my writing career. Thirdly, I’m amazed that readers actually like my books and I take great pleasure from entertaining people. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Thank you so much for inviting me in today, Madeline. I really enjoyed visiting with you.
Oh, Marja, it was my pleasure! (and I hope I pronounced your name right! (smile)) Looking forward to chatting again down the road.Marja says that each of her mysteries contains a little humor, a little romance and A Little Murder! Books include Bogey’s Ace in the Hole and Bogey Nights, the first two in the Bogey Man Mysteries. A Well-Kept Family Secret, Bubba’s Ghost, Prudy’s Back, The Bogey Man and Old Murders Never Die are all part of the Sandi Webster series.
Buster will also be selecting winners of three of my latest at the end of our tour.