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Find Your Passion, Find Happiness!

In Guest Blogger, writing on October 14, 2012 at 12:01 am

This week I am delighted to introduce my guest, author Marianne Spitzer, with her heart-felt post telling us about her various passions. One of which, of course, is writing. Welcome Marianne and thank you so much for being my guest.

There are many issues I feel passionate about. The first is my faith. I believe a relationship with God is the most Marianne Spitzer - Profile image on http://www.acblogger.wordpress.comimportant relationship I can have. If I trust in Him things will turn out the way they should.

I am also passionate about health issues. Cancer is the biggest of these. It has taken too many people from me including my grandmother, father and my son-in-law when he was only 37.

I am an emotional writer and when something happens in my life I write about it. It is usually the length of a short story, but after the words are on paper, I feel better. I write out feelings I can’t say out loud. It is very therapeutic, at least for me.

I have been writing since the sixth grade when my teacher told my mom that she should make sure I write something every day because someday I would write a book. I thought about it for years, but life has a way of detouring our plans. A husband, children, grandchildren, and all the joy and pain that come from life kept me from starting that novel. I had an idea and maybe thinking about it for years made it easier to write.

I divorced, my children grew up and left home and now my grandchildren do quite well without grandma around all the time. It was then that I decided it was time to tackle a novel. I also have rheumatoid arthritis which keeps me from doing a lot of outdoor physical activities. My lap top became a good friend. I am a night owl and I find the night a wonderful time to write mysteries and dream up plots and scenarios.

I wasn’t sure if I was ready to publish a novel and not sure how to go about it. I decided to first write short stories that I had told my granddaughter, Brittney, when she was young. I self-published Princess Brittney Stories to minimal success. It got my feet wet as they say and I tried a book of essays and I had a bit more success. I was ready to self-publish my first novel, Gypsy Spirits. When it began to sell, I was excited. I had already begun a second novel, The Letter, and also self-published it. It has been my best seller to date. I have finished writing the sequel to Gypsy Spirits entitled Annamarie and Magdalena. I am in the midst of editing it and will begin a sequel to The Letter during this November’s NaNoWriMo.

Since writing is my passion, I find it has helped me deal with the difficulties in my life caused by my Rheumatoid Arthritis. While others may be able to run and jump and go to fairs and carnivals walking from place to place, I can get lost in a world of my own making. A world no one except me understands. It’s a wonderful world where I can decide how my characters come to life or leave it. It’s a fun thing to do and I enjoy it immensely.

I feel passionately about the fact that everyone needs something to take them to a place that calms them and makes them happy. Our world is stressful and frightening at times. I find my calm place writing. I suggest you find yours whether it is knitting, woodworking, hiking, photography, or any of a number of things. Enjoy the happy things in your life and be blessed.


Hi, I am a grandma of two wonderful grandkids and writing is my passion. I began writing when I was in grade school and never stopped. Everything about writing excites me. I love summer and star light, but snow and ice make my dislikes list. I love to read of course and some of my favorite writers are Wendy Corsi Staub, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. When I want something a bit scarier, I read Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft. Of course you can’t beat classics such as Dracula and Frankenstein. I prefer books over movies and have always loved mysteries since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book a long time ago.

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Gypsy Spirits on Amazon - Book cover Princess Brittney Stories on AmazonThe Letter on Amazon - Book cover The Hair Comb and The Crystal Ball on Amazon - Book cover

Annamarie and Magdalena - Coming soon - Book cover

Know Your Passion, Know Your Art

In Guest Blogger, writing on June 3, 2012 at 12:01 am

A warm welcome to my Guest Blogger, Author Alex Laybourne, who shares with us the underlying passions which have driven him towards his success as a writer

We all have something that we do every day, something that we turn to when stressed, or upset, when celebrating or when in need of a distraction. We all have a passion. I don’t mean passion in the sense of showing your love for another, but rather a hobby. For some it is exercise, for others, it is cooking or collecting a particular item. Whatever it is, a passion is simply something unique to us that we know will always be there for us to turn to when we need it.Author Alex Laybourne - Guest Blogger on Amelia Curzon's Blog - "Carte Blanche"

Obviously, my main passion in life is writing. Yet, that is merely the surface of it all, for what drives us to write, what underlying themes and items are present in every piece we create? There are our true passions, the things that always creep in somehow.

When looking at it from this context, I have three things that I am passionate about, exercise, I love working out, lifting weights, the aches and pains the next morning, I love it all, and more often than not one of my central characters shares this same interest. While I do not currently have the time to actively pursue it, the passion remains, as does the knowledge that I will do it again, one day

As a parent, it goes without saying that I am passionate about my children. As a family we are always doing something, from crafts to the playground, baking to shopping, we do it all together, and I would have it no other way. Once again, when it comes to my writing, the main character(s) are always devoted to their children. Some are divorced and therefore on bad terms with their ex-wife, but the devotion to their kids remains strong.

It is unavoidable that parts of ourselves get reflect in our characters, or in the overall tone of our writing, after all the characters are us.

Aside from particular hobbies, one other thing that I am passionate about is hard work. I grew up surrounded by a society that almost encouraged unemployment. When broken down, I couldn’t really blame them, because they were being given just fifty Pounds a month less than me and had to do nothing in order to get it. However, I was instilled with a work ethic and could not imagine not working for my money. Do I like the work I do, am I passionate about it? In short, no, not in the least, but I work because it is the right thing to do.

There is a difference between this passion and being a workaholic. I give my 8 hours a day (8.5 if I work through lunch) but that is it. Then work is done and I go home. I give 100% everyday, but time is time.

As we age, our passions will invariably change. It is part of life. I loved computer games when I was younger, and while I still enjoy them today, it is more to relax and or reward myself for a job well done. However, whatever our passion, however new it is, there is a confidence that can be drawn from knowing that it will always be there to catch us.

Author Bio 

Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools at least a 30 minute bus ride away and so spent the most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind, where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue etc.

I am married and have three children (and a fourth on the way)and my biggest dream for them is that they grown up and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

Alex is always interested in making new friends both readers and writers alike. You can find him at most hours of the waking day on Twitter under the name @vanplank on Facebook or on his blog

Alex’s debut novel Highway to Hell and its sequel Trials and Tribulations, have been sign to May December Publications ( ) and are scheduled for release at the end of 2012 and start of 2013 respectively.

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