Featured Member – Marion Martineer
Marion Martineer – Social Networker
It is a household joke at Marion’s place that she is addicted to Facebook. But she maintains that the five hundred and fifty two friends on her page – many of them established writers – give her inspiration as well as support.
Support is a concept Marion espouses to the hilt. Not only is she a founder member of The Ten Penners, a GCWA group that writes children’s stories, she is currently Publicity Officer of the Association and also the leader of a children’s writing group Writer’s Force which meets in Robina Library once a month. Of the children she says admiringly ‘You don’t make it easy for them and they just rise to the occasion!’
As a child herself Marion was ‘always dabbling in writing’. When she participated in a Sydney school excursion to a leading newspaper she was briefly excited at the thought of becoming a journalist. Later, after moving to the Gold Coast, remarrying and then giving birth to her daughter Starla she entered what she refers to as a pivotal point of her writing life: she joined the Gold Coast Writers’ Association in 2001. (The association founder Mary Maclaren is retired from her presidency, but Marion still keeps in touch through facebook.)
During this period of affirmation she took out one of her old manuscripts and realised how she had changed since writing it. This epiphany led to renewed confidence in trusting her own voice – ‘to write what I want to write’. Fantasy became her preferred genre. She delights in the challenge of creating other worlds and well drawn characters. Her current project is a novel about two princesses targeted at a readership aged ten to twelve.
In the meantime, between social networking, family responsibilities and her day job, Marion devours books. She admits to an obsession with the Twilight series, having just finished the last book ‘Breaking Dawn’ which she found riveting, not just for the story but for the characterisation which she says makes the protagonists as real as you or me.