Marcia is a retired teacher who taught elementary school children for over three decades. She has worked mainly with first and second graders. Many of the characters in her stories are modeled after students she’s taught. She has written about fidgety students, childhood worries, and even mysteries. Fractured fairy tales and nursery rhymes are favorite themes and some of her longer stories even combine elements for rollicking mystery-adventures into worlds populated by the likes of Little jack Horner and his friend, Miss Muffet. Watch out for that hairy spider!
Marcia lives in San Diego with her husband and two sons, two dogs, a cat, and a bearded dragon named Abu. She is represented by Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary.
Q & A with Marcia
Q: When did you first start writing?
A: Writing was one of my favorite subjects in school. But the first time I was seriously bitten by the writing bug came at 3:00 in the morning about thirty years ago. I awoke from a strange dream about a face in a flower and couldn’t fall back asleep until I’d written a huge chunk of what eventually turned out to be a 15,000-word story. Teaching, and later raising my sons, interrupted my writing. I picked it up again around 2003 and have been writing strong ever since.
Q: Is Buster the Little Garbage Truck the first story you’ve had published?
A: Buster is my first picture book. I’ve had stories published in several anthologies and magazines, including Highlights and Boys’ Life.
Q: Where did the idea for Buster come from?
A: I’d been tutoring a little boy named Ethan one summer. He was afraid to go to first grade, worried how difficult it was going to be. But Ethan was a very bright–I needed to find a way to help him overcome his fear. I knew he loved garbage trucks, so I created Buster, a little garbage truck who also had a childhood fear. As I read Ethan my story, and we chatted about how Buster worked through his fear, Ethan was able to come to terms with his own. He entered first grade with an open mind, and excelled. It was gratifying to see how Buster helped Ethan, and I hope parents find Buster useful in helping their children, too.
Q: How long did it take from that first draft until Buster became a published book?
A: I wrote Buster in September 2011. It took over a year and a half, and many revisions to “finish” the manuscript enough to show it to agents and editors. I found an agent who loved the story as much as I did, and when she showed it to my editor at Sleeping Bear Press, she loved it also. They accepted Buster in February of 2013 and the book will be released in April, 2015.
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