This week my interview is with Bobbie Mardis. Bobbie is a long-time member of the Enid Writers Club and a personal mentor to me and my writing. Her two pieces in our anthology, Prose Colored Glasses, Amazon.com : prose colored glasses book enid writers club are great reading. Check them out. But first, here’s a little bit about Bobbie, the person.
PC: What genre(s) do you write, and why?
BM: I love creating various forms of writing. Many mornings, I wake up with an idea—sometimes a complete sentence or paragraph—that interest me. Most of these never get fully developed. Proof: a fat three-ring binder full of paper on which ideas lie idle. However, Some get completed as an essay or flash fiction or a short poem like my Cowboy Pete in the anthology. Twice now, an idea ended up as a full-length novel.
PC: Give us a glimpse of the surroundings where you write. Separate room? In the kitchen? At the dining room table?
BM: My favorite writing environment is my most comfortable chair with my laptop on my knees. With my back, legs, arms, and wrists completely supported, I can type away for several hours in complete comfort. I prefer complete silence as I’m easily distracted by… anything.
PC: How did you come up with the plotline/idea for your current WIP?
BM: I’m currently completing the sequel to my novel, The Triple Creek, continuing the story of land ownership conflicts in what was once Indian Territory in eastern Oklahoma. My first book was inspired by Angie Debo’s And Still the Waters Run, her non-fiction account of how Native Americans were promised land “as long as waters run” in return for their native territory in other parts of the United States. Within ten years of signing the treaties, ninety percent of that land was owned by non-Indians. Debo chronicles how, through greed and graft, the majority of Native Americans were cheated out of their government-awarded allotments.
I woke up one morning wondering how a modern-day wealthy person would react when finding out their wealth was acquired by their ancestors taking resource-rich land from an Indian family. That is what my first book was about. My sequel addresses new challenges from an old nemesis as corruption still affects availability of native resources.
PC: If you could hang out with any literary character from any book penned at any time tine, who would it by, why, and what would you do together?
BM: I cannot come up with any one literary character to visit with. My love of anything historical gives me many candidates, because, before having the technology we rely on, people’s very existence depended on individual ingenuity and bravery without modern conveniences to make life easier. We have so much to learn from them.
PC: Tell us one unusual thing about yourself – not related to writing!
BM: I am really afraid of flying even though, throughout my career in public affairs for the Federal Aviation Administration, I was constantly telling the public how flying is the safest mode of transportation. Statistics prove it, yet….
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What are you reading/writing this week?