Lindas Book Obsession Interviews Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Lindas Book Obsession Interview with Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Author of “Lift and Separate” and “Husbands and Other Sharp Objects”
1.What made you decide to become a writer?
I was born with a pen in my hand. I majored in journalism, began my career as a writer for Seventeen, then I went into the advertising business starting as a copywriter. I owned an advertising agency for over twenty-five years. My dream was to write novels, but I took a long route to becoming a published author. Some might say it took a lifetime, but actually it only took sixty-three years.
- What motivates or inspires you to write your novel? I always intended to tell the story of a contemporary woman who finds her strength at a challenging time in her life, as Marcy Hammer does.
- Are any of the characters based on anyone that you know?
Often, people always ask if Harvey The Bra King is based on my husband. He is not. My husband knows where the washing machine is. Also, he is tall and has hair.
- What is your goal for your readers to take away after reading your novel?
When life hands you lemons, make really good champagne.
- How do you maintain a “balance” in your life, by being an author, a wife, traveling, etc?
I have never found a balance. I guess you could say I am an unbalanced person.
The travelling is recent. In the last six months, I have given book talks in Georgia, Missouri, Florida, New York, Maine and New Jersey. I will be in West Hartford and Westport, Connecticut, this week.
I hope your readers will contact me about speaking. My bags are packed.
- In your downtime what are some hobbies that you enjoy?
My hobbies have not changed since third grade. I enjoy reading and writing. I read everything. I read cereal boxes. I am happy when I have family and friends over to my house and we sit around the table and talk.
I love theatre and movies. I enjoy long walks, but most of my hobbies involve sitting in a chair.
- Are you writing any new projects, and if you are can you share something with us?
I’m working on my third novel—contemporary women’s fiction– and having a lot of fun with it. The characters are all new. I like to write at home and in libraries.
- Where and how would you like your readers to contact you?
My Facebook page is Marilyn Simon Rothstein Author. Contact me via Twitter at Nounsandverbs1. I hope to have a website before I die.