Monday, July 19, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: The Victor

Welcome to Writing for Christ! Thank you for being with us today.
Tell us about yourself!

Marlayne Giron is a full-time career secretary, wife and mother who likes to read, cook, entertain, draw, ice-skate and scrapbook. The Victor is her first novel.
1: How long did you write before you were published?

I actually got my start writing in my early teens with my best friend, Lisa. She put us in as characters into our favorite television series at the time (The Six Million Dollar Man). We read our parts out loud to each other and just cracked up. It was so much fun I wrote the next one. We wrote hundreds of these short stories (and one “feature” length one as well each). I was inspired to write The Victor from an Amy Grant song from 30 years ago called “Fairytale” from her Father’s Eyes Album. (As a result of my employment 30 years ago with the now President of the Gospel Music Association, Amy Grant has a copy of my book and autographed mine for me. I’m hoping to meet her this June at the Life and Faith Concert in Richmond, VA.) I wrote the first draft in about a year on a Smith Corona typewriter (yes...before there were computers) and rewrote it more times than I can count over the course of the next ten years. After almost 30 years it was finally released during Holy Week of 2009 which was appropriate because the entire book basically retells the fall of Satan, the fall of man of the redemption of Christ’s bride, the church as a medieval romance.

2: When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?

It was actually surreal. It felt odd. It was just hard to believe that the “story” I hadn’t been able to pay people to read for the past 30 years was finally in print; especially when you consider the fact that I had basically given up on and forgotten all about it for over ten years! I still find it hard to believe all this is happening!

3: What are you working on now?

Marketing, marketing, marketing! I waited so long for The Victor to come into existence that I want to make sure it reaches the full potential in ministry that God has for it. I am having some success getting it into public schools along with the Lesson Plan I created with a teacher friend. It is not a book written for fellow believers (although all who have read it really love it). It was written for the unbeliever as a way to convey the Gospel to people who have no interest in church or reading the Bible. I found Jesus as my Messiah as a nonreligious Jew as a direct result of watching Jesus of Nazareth on television in 1977 despite my ingrained bias. I believe the Lord wants to use this book to reach the lost and gave me a scripture shortly after I began writing it confirm the idea was from Him: Psalm 45. The first verse reads: My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” The remainder of the Psalm describes the wedding of the King to His bride which I use almost in its entirety at the end of the book.

4: Where can readers find out more about your books?

My book website is: http://www.thevictorbook.com/ . It is available on the usual websites: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook.com (search on my first and last name not the title) or for those who would like a personally autographed copy I have Paypal on my website along with the Lesson Plan. The accompanying Student workbook is a free download.

5: What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?

For fellow believers: that the Bible is the ultimate love story of our redemption and that we are loved with a passionate love by our Savior. For those who don’t believe: that they will identify and become emotionally involved with the main characters so as to recognize that they too have a choice to make; whether to accept their rightful King and enter into his kingdom of light, love and peace or to reject Him and have nothing to do with His kingdom.

6: What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person?

I write “wish fulfillment” stories for anyone who asks as a gift. I have done about 20 so far and the person who requests is put into their own story as the “star” (just like the stories I used to write as a kid). Their stories are then posted on my book website for their family and friends to enjoy. The other interesting fact would be that I never went to college or took advanced writing classes. It’s all a result of a lot of reading and writing for pleasure.

Thank you for being with us today. Any final words for readers?

I love to make new friends, please feel free to email me at thevictorbook@sbcglobal.net

Okay readers here is your chance to check out Marlayne's book!

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Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on July 31st

41 comments:

  1. I love the theme behind this. Marlayne seems like such a sweet lady online and I would love the opportunity to read this book. I think its a great idea to have activities for homeschoolers, too.

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  2. This sounds like a great book. I would love to read it. Thanks!
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  3. I am a follower.
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  4. Please enter me!

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  5. I am a follower.
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    Katie G.

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    God bless!

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  7. What a beautiful concept for a book! And the cover is simply lovely! :) Thanks for a chance to win this!

    I'm a follower!

    ~Amber

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    P.S. The "wish fulfillment" stories idea is so cute! And what a kind gesture to write stories for others like that! :)

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  8. Sounds interesting! Please enter me.

    I am a follower.

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  9. This one is on my wishlist. Please enter me. :)
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  10. I'm a follower.
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  12. I already have your blog button. :)
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  13. I would love to read Marlayne's book...it is one I would like to pass on to my son after I read it, of course. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!

    I am also an email subscriber.

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

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  14. oh, please include me thanks
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  17. Awesome concept for a book and how sweet that Amy Grant signed your copy. I love the cover art...it's beautiful I would love to be entered into your drawing and thank you for the opportunity!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  18. I am an email subscriber.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  19. I am a follower.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  20. Hello everybody - it's nice to meet you! Casey - thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity.

    I truly do appreciate it!

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  21. This is a book outside my usual genre, but I would love to win it and see what I think. I've been surprised at other times I ventured out. Please enter me.
    Carman sent me.
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  22. I'm now a follower.

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  23. I'm already a subscriber.
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  24. Please enter me in the drawing for "The Victor." I would love an opportunity to read Marlayne's book!

    Jeanette
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  25. Sounds like a great book ;) Please enter me in to win. Carmen sent me!
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  26. Would love to win this book. Thanks! naburcaw@gmail.com

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  27. I am a follower. naburcaw@gmail.com

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  28. I am a subscriber. naburcaw@gmail.com

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  29. thank you for the chance to read this wonderful novel ;)

    karenk
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  30. email subscriber :)

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  31. Your button is now on my blog. naburcaw@gmail.com

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  32. I would love to read Victor. I love stories that take people from the Bible and tell their stories.

    Thanks for this opportunity to enter.

    I follow via GFC
    I am email subscriber

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  33. I would love to read this book.

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  34. I would love to read this book!

    I was already a follower.

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  35. Have been a subscriber!
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  36. I've been looking for this book everywhere. Its SO expensive on Amazon, and I can't afford it. I WANT this book so bad. I hope I win *fingers crossed*

    I LOOOOVE your blog BTW>
    I'm following... suscribing. And I'll post about this on my blog and stick your button up. Tomorrow I'll post it.

    With Love and Blessings,
    Bleah Briann @blonde4christ.blogspot.com email: 1haelb@sbcglobal.net

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  37. How awesome! I've been wanting to read this book for forever.

    I'm a follower now! =)

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    Blessings,
    ~Prism~

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  38. Would love to enter to win a copy!

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  39. What a wonderful idea for a book!! And the cover is SO beautiful and captures the idea of a fairytale perfectly! It's awesome that Marlayne is getting this book into public schools, too! Prayerfully it will touch the hearts of many :)

    Thank you Casey for the chance to win it!!

    Blessings,
    Amanda Stanley
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  40. I liked how she got into writing. It's something many of us do. People think it's lame, but it's a real good way of practicing.

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  41. Who won this??? Just curious cause I thought it was already over.
    perhaps you could let me know in a commmet @ blonde4christ.blogspot.com???

    Thanks!

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