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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Western Author, Marsha Ward

Donna:  Today our special guest author is Western Author, Marsha Ward who writes gritty westerns mixed with adventure and a little romance. Marsha Ward is an award-winning writer, editor, and poet, whose published work includes four novels in The Owen Family Saga: The Man from Shenandoah, Ride to Raton, Trail of Storms, and Spinster’s Folly; and over 900 articles, columns, poems and short stories. She also is a workshop presenter and writing teacher, and is scheduled to give two classes at the ANWA Writers Conference in February, 2013.

Tell me about you as a person, Marsha. What are some of your favorite things?

Marsha: I'm a widow with four living adult children, six grandchildren, and a large extended family. I live in a rural environment in Arizona, where I can hear a creek flowing nearby and enjoy the seclusion afforded by many trees in the neighborhood. Like most writers, I'm a reserved, almost hermit-like person, and feel uncomfortable in crowds. However, I also love to travel, so tell me about a road trip, and I'm so there! In fact, I've put about 8,000 miles on my car this year between various writing conferences and a research trip to the Eastern United States.

My favorite things include the above-mentioned travel, learning new skills, helping other writers, and ice cream in all its varieties.

Donna:  We share a lot of the same favorite things! Tell me, what's the craziest, bravest, or stupidest thing you've ever done?

Marsha: Maybe the craziest thing I've ever done is hike along and wade through a river in Venezuela in an attempt to see monkeys. I can't recall if we actually got to see them, but I do remember the extremely sore muscles I got out of the trip.

Donna:  Yup, I'd consider wading through a rivers in Venezuela pretty crazy. So, what are you working on now? (besides marketing your new book :-)

Marsha: I'm doing research for my fifth book, Gone for a Soldier, which takes place during the American Civil War. I'm also working on several Secret Projects.

Donna:  Ohhh, secret, huh? That's fun.  What is your newest book about?

Marsha:  Spinster's Folly follows frontier teen Marie Owen's journey into a very scary situation, due to her anxiety over not having found a husband by her advanced age of eighteen. In post-Civil War years in rural Colorado, there weren't many choices available. Marie falls into the clutches of a sweet-talking, opportunistic man whose plans don't
mesh with the dreams of any young woman of good upbringing, let alone Marie's. The story includes action enough for male readers, romance enough for women, and adventure enough to raise the pulse rates of both genders.

Donna: It sounds wonderful! How can we find it?

Marsha: Purchase Spinster's Folly
as a print book at:
Smashwords (all ebook formats)
Autographs for all ebook formats are available at:

Donna: I love your books, Marsha, and I can’t wait to read the newest one, Spinster's Folly. Thank you so much for being here with me today!

Marsha’s website is at She blogs at "Writer in the Pines" and "The Characters in Marsha's Head" Find her on Facebook at

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