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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wednesday Spotlight: Marianne Arkins

“Now That We’ve Found You” was the first story I had published, and it holds a special place in my heart. Without sounding conceited, I really think this story is well-written, which may be surprising when you consider its roots.

Several years ago, I was part of an amazing group of writers—talented women who were aggressively seeking publication and none of whom, besides me, wrote in the romance genre. I learned so much from them and am thrilled that many of them are now published in their respective genres.

One of the things that we did was post and respond to a weekly writing prompt—one of my favorite things to do. And, one week the person responsible for the prompt posted a long list of words that had to do with astronomy. We were supposed to use five in our prompt response, but never being one to do things halfway, I decided I would use at least half. Thus “Now That We’ve Found You” was born. Though the original beginning—which included most of the astronomy terms like “meteor” and “asteroid”—was edited out, the idea of a dinosaur-crazy little girl remained. I wrote by the seat of my pants, and the ending was as much a surprise to me as I hope it is to you.

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