marian-merritt-2In a world where authors invest hours creating complex characters with unique quirks and set them loose into an adventurous romp through the pages, well sometimes the author becomes anonymous. And yet, we authors have our own unique likes, dislikes, and fun facts. So today, I’d like to take you behind the scenes with Marian Merritt with what she calls “Ten Things.”

Ten Things she likes a lot:

  • Jesus
  • My Family
  • Sunshine
  • Rain
  • Snow – only when it’s falling
  • Baby Giggles
  • Puppies (who doesn’t love puppies?)
  • Optimism
  • Vintage Sports Cars
  • Saints and Broncos Football

Ten Things she dislikes a lot:

  • Negativity
  • Shoveling snow
  • Dull knives
  • Feeling helpless
  • Burrs in my dogs fur
  • Flies in my kitchen or soup!
  • Bullies
  • Insincerity
  • Painful shoes
  • Liver

And Ten Things about her that are pretty unique when you think about it.

  • She cried when she saw Michelangelo’s David.
  • She drives a truck.
  • She has climbed Diamond Head in Hawaii.
  • She has owned two Harley Davidson motorcycles – A Sportster 883 and a Road King Classic.
  • She believes in pursuing your dreams.
  • She can shuck an oyster.
  • She graduated with a degree in physical therapy at thirty-four.
  • She has walked on the Great Wall of China.
  • Most of her childhood was spent running around barefoot.
  • She “kinda” speaks Cajun French. (Can understand a lot and speak a little.)

gumbo-weather And…drumroll please…one last super-exciting thing. Marian has a new book release just in time for Christmas! Check out Gumbo Weather: A Bijou Bayou Christmas Novella (plus it’s priced at just $.99 — that’s a gift!)

Colorado sports reporter, Noel Winters heads to Louisiana after finding love letters in her deceased mother’s belongings. When her car breaks down near Bijou Bayou, a handsome, struggling pitcher and part-time mechanic comes to her rescue by fixing her car, and offering to help her find her father. Only problem? As her alias, Micki Barrett, Noel wrote an article criticizing Justin Gravois’s big league debut. Now she’s fallen for him, can she ever find the courage to tell him the truth? Justin Gravois, professional pitcher, wanted to make his uncle proud. When he finally got his shot, his dream turned into a nightmare. It didn’t help that sports reporter, Micki Barrett, wrote such terrible things about him. Now, Justin wants to forget about the past and move forward to next season. When he falls in love with Noel he wonders if she’s an answer to his prayer.

Marian Pellegrin Merritt writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. Her tagline, Where the Bayous Meets the Mountains, grew from both loves. This Louisiana native writes her Inspirational Christmas romances and Southern women’s fiction with a Louisiana/Colorado connection from the Texas home she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle.

Connect with Marian through her:  Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Marian P. Merritt’s Readers Group   Buy links to Marian’s Books: http://www.marianmerritt.com/#!/cnec

Behind the Scenes with Author Marian Merritt
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