Debbie: Marcy, please tell us a little about yourself.
Marcy: I am a certified elementary school teacher. Currently I run an elementary school library after having taken a decade break from teaching to be home with my kids. I started writing a few years ago to see if this lifelong dream could amount to anything. I have had some success freelancing locally in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana. I had an essay published in 2010 in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers. In fall 2011 I was offered a contract for my first children's book, Am I Like My Daddy?, by university publisher Bronze Man Books in Illinois. The book was released in December 2012.
Debbie: And, of course, we want to know all about your book.
Debbie: Other books or projects on the horizon?
Marcy: I just released a middle grade novel direct to Kindle. It's called Confessions of a Corn Kid and is about a small town girl's big dreams.
Debbie: Upcoming appearances?
Marcy: In March or April the publisher is planning an event with the grief community in Illinois that will feature Am I Like My Daddy? I will also be returning to my hometown elementary school in Illinois to talk about being an author.
Debbie: Do you have a favorite Michigan library?
Marcy: Bridgman Public Library in Bridgman, Michigan has been very supportive of my dreams to be a writer. When I took my first class there from another writer, I told the director, Carol Richardson, that someday I would have an event there for my own book. I did! My first local book signing event was held there in November with 50 people in attendance!
Debbie: How about a favorite place in Michigan?
Marcy: I grew up in central Illinois with nothing but flat land. When we moved to Michigan a decade ago I fell in love with the beaches of Lake Michigan. Weko Beach in Bridgman is my favorite, most relaxing place to be. Looking for beach glass is very therapeutic.
Debbie: Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?
Marcy: I love to attend the spring MI SCBWI event if I can. I also love looking for beach glass on those early spring days after the snow has melted, but before visitors hit the beach.
Debbie: Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?
Marcy: There is a lot of beauty and peace in the small lake town communities along Lake Michigan.
Debbie: Finally, last question: Some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders; others Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally, are you a "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?
Marcy: I feel like I am a transplant, though I have been here a decade. But if I were to vote, I'd say "Michigander."
Debbie: Michigander it is! Marcy, thank you for being here today for Michigander Monday!
To learn more about Marcy and her books, stop by her web site and her FaceBook page.