The Long and the Short of It is very pleased to have Marsha Hubbard-Norton with us this week. Marsha was born in a small town in Oklahoma and has been writing since she was twelve. Her twenty-one year old aunt used to read the old Harlequins, and Marsha would write the same sort of love stories. She received degrees in journalism, marketing and management, and counseling. She worked for the state of Oklahoma for five years before she left to pursue her dream of writing. The mother of two and grandmother of three, she currently lives in Del City, Oklahoma with her significant other.
She told me she works on several things at one time, because “I am a writer who seems to have so much flowing through her brain.” The latest things she is working on is a paranormal romance and a non-fiction about the city she lives in. “The most important thing is starting my own publishing company where I will publish under my own ISBN and company name.”
She and her grandson were talking late one night. She had just come back to Oklahoma after travelling fifty-two hours and he was a sleepless five-year-old. “I saw a picture of some flowers and a little monkey came to my mind and so I told him the story of a little monkey who could fit in his hand. The next week I wrote it up and published it.” And so Marsha’s first book was born.
Marsha’s life, especially since opening her publishing company, Twin Sisters Publishing, really revolves around writing. And when I asked her what she likes to do when she’s not writing, she told me, “I do research my for next book and surf the net a lot. And when I am not working on my books I am reading and editing others’ works.”
We wish her all the luck in the world with her new publishing endeavor. She’s had a couple of horrible experiences in her life she would erase if she could. “The first one, which seemed to hurt the most, was seeing my seventeen-year-old son go to prison for five years. It was something that tore at my heart as I wondered what I did wrong. The second was losing my identical twin sister to cancer. She was a part of me and knew me like no other. She was too young to go.”
If she could know the future, she would love to know what happens with her children. “Even though they are grown,” she said, “they seem to be in one mess after another. I also want to know my grandchildren grow up happy, safe, and secure.”
I asked Marsha which of her six books she considers her favorite. “I would like to say them all,” she confessed, “but if I had to pick I would say Love Is For All Ages, a book I dreamed. It takes place in Maine, where I lived for five years. I miss it.”
I also asked her what stereotype she would label herself as. “This is a pet peeve of mine,” she said, “as I would like to think I am not stereotypical, nor do I stereotype, but I guess you could say a liberal thinking radical.”
If Marsha could wish for anything, she told me she would like a genie to give her three wishes. “Safety , happiness, and health for my grandchildren, children, and sisters. For my writing to become more popular and my business to flourish. And many years with the man I met on an internet dating site.”
You can keep up with Marsha on one of her websites, http://twinsisterspublishing.homestead.com or http://oklahomawriter.tripod.com