Marna Reed — Author Spotlight

I’m am excited to welcome Marna Reed back today as she answers tough questions. Read all the way through to find out how to win a free copy of her book!


What do you enjoy most about writing?

Without a doubt, the self-discovery in the process of that first draft!

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like confronting a blank page either, but it always gives me a thrill to see what I’ll end up with—even if I go in with a decent outline.

I’m what they call a “plottser”.

I don’t “pants” a story and just throw words on a page. I never did and I’ll likely never will. At the least I’ll start with a summary/short blurb and the characters’ goals, motivations and deep-seated conflicts. So I’ll plan just a little—really just enough—before diving into that first draft. It keeps my muse happy.


What is your least favorite part of writing?

The start of the writing day, for sure, as I never fully know if I’ll end up closing off the day in a good writing mood or not. The littlest nudge of doubt and then I’m usually jumping into internal self-editing and stifling what could otherwise be an easy writing day. I’m learning to better control that “I’m not in the mood” mood, because as Louis L’Amour said, “Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” So I let the water flow away. And on the days it isn’t flowing, I’ll at least let it drip until it annoys me so much I have to write to save my sanity. 🙂


Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

In my Christmas novella, Home Sweet Cocoa, I share heroine Kristal’s wanderlust and big dreams. Right now I’m hoping to teach and travel in the near future. And like my hero, Ren, I tend to sometimes shoulder all the burdens of family and friends else I feel guilty for not giving it 100%. I believe it’s common to write (secret?) parts of yourself in your characters, whether their positive or negative traits or habits.


Thanks for stopping by! For a chance to win a $10 Amazon GC, just leave a comment to this question along with your email: If you’re a writer, how much of yourself is in your characters? If you’re a reader, name a character who shared a trait of yours (for instance, I think I’m super curious like Catherine Morland in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey).



Marna Reed calls the capital of Canada her home. She lives there with her family. She’s lucky to have grown up a romantic; it makes her see the glass half-full always. When she isn’t talking to her characters, she’s writing, or reading, or baking cakes she shouldn’t be eating. You can reach out to her on Twitter (@Marna_Reed) or her blog (

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