This week my interview is with Marsha Kay Oldham. She is a long-time member of the Enid Writers Club. Her 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 Marsha Kay, the person.
PC: What drives you to write?
MKO: Divine inspiration, although I don’t always write about religious subjects.
PC: What genre(s) of Romance do you read, and why?
MKO: Although I love Most reading Romance novels, I also enjoy Historic Biographies. I began reading those back in 4th grade when Carnegie Library was on Independence and had a wonderful selection of biographies of famous men and women who helped build America.
PC: What types of things do you most like to write?
MKO: I began writing my autobiography to explain to my children what caused my breakdown. A friend suggested I have it critiqued by a gentleman they knew belonged to Enid Writers’ Club. He invited me to their next meeting and there I met Maxine Austin and the rest, as they say, is history. She helped greatly with my bio, and invited me to Enid Poets’ Society, then to Poetry Society of Oklahoma. We were close friends until her death. What a wonderful world!
PC: You said you love to write poetry, tell us about that.
MKO: Not just “Roses are red, Violets are blue,” but there are numerous types of poetry with differing dimeter, tetrameter, etc. Also, differing rhyme patterns! I was elated and poems about my life, past and present, flew out of my mind and off the pages…I also wrote some fantasy and fictitious poems but not nearly as many.
PC: Tell us something unusual about you.
MKO: I don’t think of it as unusual, but I love to play the piano! I began taking lessons at 5 years old, then loved it so much my parents let me take lessons from Maurine Morrow (at the time) Priebe. It turned out she and Maxine were longtime friends. I still play at home for lots of reasons, including because I’m sad, mad, happy, etc., and at our Garber Christian Church every Sunday.
Also, I love to knit! Last May I began knitting Christmas presents for our 8 children, spouses, 30 grandchildren and 6 spouses, 1 of our 2 great- grands, 2 best friends, my 2 sisters, and my husband. It was truly a JOY!
Thank you, Marsha Kay, for talking to us and letting us get to know you better.
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