Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Author Interview, Excerpt and Giveaway: Marianne Spitzer

Book Blurb:

Spirits? Madness? Which haunts Daniel? His teenage bride, Annamarie, must answer the question while she deals with her husband’s controlling behavior and abnormal fear of spirits he believes exist in the surrounding woods near their home. During an argument, her anger erupts and she yells a few odd words at her husband, Daniel, which she explains is her Gypsy curse. A bad day at work convinces him the curse is real, but after the brutal death of his best friend, his belief in the curse and his terror of the spirits escalates. Annamarie begins to have foreshadowing dreams of a young Gypsy girl who resembles her in every way. As the dreams become more vivid and frequent, Annamarie begins to fear her utterance of a Gypsy curse may have brought spirits into their lives. When they both have the same dream, she believes Daniel’s fears may be real. They feel they may be close to answers when a human killer enters their lives. With two battles to wage they must stand strong together. Frightening events spiral out of control and Annamarie must fight for her husband’s safety, his sanity and her own.


The camp-fire cast shadows on the old wagons parked nearby. An elderly man sat on a barrel, playing a violin. Other men and women sat near the fire clapping to the music floating on the night air. A dark haired young girl danced around the flames, her bright green eyes sparkling in the firelight. She was clad in a long dress of many colors, sewn by hand, colored ribbons pulled up her hair. She smiled and held her hand out to Annamarie.
Annamarie woke screaming.
Jolted from his sleep, Daniel jumped out of bed. “What the hell’s the matter with you?”
She sat up in the middle of the bed, her voice anxious, “I had a nightmare. I saw myself dancing, but I also saw myself watching me dance. Then the one dancing held out her hand to me.”
“Creepy!” Daniel started to laugh, “Serves you right for putting a curse on me.”
“I didn’t put a curse on you. It was just gibberish because you had me so upset. I’m not a Gypsy, so how could I do that? I only wanted to get your attention.”
“You’re going crazy. Don’t I have enough trouble with the spirits without you bringing a new one? What if the spirits here don’t like you summoning Gypsy spirits?”
“I don’t understand why you’re acting this way. You were so different last night. Why have you changed again? You’re the one losing your mind. There are no spirits in the woods, and I certainly didn’t conjure up any.”


1.      For people who haven’t heard of Gypsy Spirits, make a brief description.

Gypsy Spirits is a supernatural thriller. A young bride rattles off some odd words in the midst of a heated argument with her new hubby. She tells him it’s a Gypsy curse and he better start being nicer to her. Strange and evil things begin to happen to him.

2.      When did you decided to become a writer? 

In the sixth grade when I was complimented about a short story I write. I considered it seriously in college when my English professor convinced me to major in English. I took his advice and have never regretted it.

3.      What does your family think of your works? 

They are supportive. My brother, nieces, and son have read them and liked them. If they didn’t, believe me they would let me know.

4.      Do you have specific habits when you write?


5.      Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl. I prefer to write at night when it’s dark, quiet, and most of the world is asleep.

6.      Where do you get your inspiration?

From everywhere I look. I find stories in pictures or events. If it intrigues me, I’ll write about it.

7.      Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
Annamarie. Everyone believes she is an innocent nineteen year old child. She grows a backbone and fights for what is hers.

8.      If you could have coffee with any character of any book, who would it be and why?

Miss Marple from Agatha Christie’s 4:50 from Paddington. It’s my favorite of Agatha Christie’s stories and Miss Marple is the kind of detective we’d all love to be. She solves mysteries in unique ways.

9.      If you could meet any person in the world who would it be and why?

Stephen King. I would just like to sit and listen to him talk to see if I can figure out how to tap into his genius.

10.  Name a book you wish you had written.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

11.  What do you do, besides writing?

I like to spend time with my family, especially my grandkids. I love to read and watch sunsets.

12.  Do you have any hobbies?

Reading, word puzzles, Sudoku, and Jungle Quest on my laptop.

13.  Guilty pleasures?

Chocolate anything.

14.  What are you reading right now?

A Murder In Knoxville by Wayne Zurl.

15.  Name your favorite books.

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. All of the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Anything written by Agatha Christie or Stephen King. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The poetry of Robert Frost and William Blake. Greek drama. Sophocles is my favorite.

16.  Best reward as a writer?

When a reader enjoys what I have written.

17.  Biggest trouble you faced as a writer?

As an Indie author, getting publicity can be difficult.

18.  How do you react to a bad review?

To be honest, the first on really got to me. I took it extremely personal. Thank goodness for fellow authors who were there to support me, and now I roll with the punches. I realize that not everyone likes every book even if it is in their favorite genre.
19.  Do you review others’ books? Are you nice or are you mean? :P

I’m never mean. It doesn’t serve any purpose except to hurt the writer. If the book is difficult to read or has major issues, I like to contact the writer personally. If I do have to write a public review, I may touch on those issues, but I will find what I did like and concentrate on that. I have yet to read a book that was so bad I couldn’t find something positive.

20.  Do you like singing or dancing? Does music inspire you?

I don’t sing or dance. I do like to listen to a playlist when I write. The playlists change with each book or short story.

21.  What are your favorite TV shows?

Any of the Law and Order shows. 48 Hours. Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, Hoarders, and Once Upon a Time.  

22.  Favorite movies?

       Pirates of the Caribbean, any disaster movie, What About Bob? Nosferatu        (1922) A Christmas Carol (1954) all black and white horror films.
23.  Favorite food? Do you cook?

      Italian dishes and I hate to cook.

24.  Do you have a nice relationship with your fans?

Yes, they are all kind and positive.

25.   If someone made a movie of your life, which event MUST be included? 

The birth of my children and grandchildren since they are the most important people in my life, but also the present. Living my dream of having a published book, people reading it, and liking it is a major part of my life.


I was born in Milwaukee, and lived there until I was eighteen. Then I spent eight years in Washington state and California before returning to Wisconsin. I love eerie places and books. I began with a love of Nancy Drew books and as I grew I found H.P Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. When I am not writing, I am reading or watching sunsets. I have been writing short stories since I was in grade school. Most were in the form of essays relating real life events. Many were purely imaginary trips to magical places and times. I enjoy making up stories about people I meet or see on the street. I can see a story in a picture, especially if the picture is eerie. My imagination runs wild and free. I have self-published a book of essays and a book of children's stories for my granddaughter, Brittney. Gypsy Spirits is my debut novel and the first in the series of three "spirit" books. I have self-published the second "spirit" book, Annamarie and Magdalena. I also self-published a supernatural mystery, THE LETTER. I plan to have the sequel to THE LETTER out this year and the third "spirit" book available winter 2013/14. From there I am sure my muse will guide me into another story plot.


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