Meet the Author

net sizedToday we welcome Marianne Curtis, journalist, author and publisher to the table. For the past eighteen years, Ms. Curtis has been the head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch, a monthly newspaper in southern Manitoba. As a freelance journalist, she has published over 7,000 articles on a variety of subjects including politics, human interest and community events.

In 2012, Curtis published her first book Finding Gloria, in which she shares heartbreaking abuse as a child, then examines the effects on her life as an adult. This inspirational memoir was named a McNally Robinson Bookstore Bestseller; and Amazon Bestseller in Canada, the US and UK several times. Since then she has added five additional titles to her portfolio, plus a dozen titles published under another name. A firm believer that sharing experiences is important to personal growth and healing, she travels across Canada encouraging others with her story.

In 2014, she founded Oak Island Publications  and has designed, laid out and published nine books for other authors. She became the founder and President of Authors of Manitoba in 2015. In addition, she teaches writing, marketing and publishing to other authors.


What genres and authors do you enjoy reading?

I love a great mystery story; something that keeps you guessing right until the end. I grew up devouring Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. As an adult, I went through my historical romance phase where I collected Catherine Coulter, and Heather Graham. Then I discovered Anne Rice, Anne Rule, Stephan King, Michael Crichton, John Grisham and Sue Grafton. I also enjoy a good fact based novel or memoir.

What genres do you write in? What age groups are your books for?

As a reporter, I deal with facts on a daily basis, so as an author, most of what I write is true or based on true stories. I find it difficult to “make things up”. I recently challenged myself by writing fiction with A Discreet Betrayal; while it is fiction, there is a level of truth to it. When I first started as a journalist, I wrote to “sound smart”, but the greatest tip my editor ever told me was to assume that everyone reading my work had a grade 10 education. While my books are not written for young adult, they can be read and understood by everyone.

Tell us a little about your most recent release. Where did you get your inspiration?

My most recent release Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (Stop Bullying), came out during Anti-Bullying week in 2014. This book came as a result of sharing my story of being bullied and abused while in school, with decision makers from the Province of Manitoba in 2013. My testimony, along with those of many other victims, helped the province lay out the blueprint for Bill 18, an anti-bullying bill. As a result of sharing my story, other survivors confided their similar stories, and I took them, along with a healthy dose of resources and self-help aids and put them together in this volume.

What are you working on now?

Currently I am in the process of collecting stories for Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (Stop Sexual Violence), and Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (Stop Domestic Violence). Since Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (Stop Bullying) came out, people have been opening up and sharing their stories in hopes of help inspire others to take back their power. It seems that many people have similar stories, yet we all feel alone in them. I am also working on a follow up to A Discreet Betrayal; where I continue the challenge of turning real local news into a page turning fiction novel called A Political Deception.

Tell us about your creative process. Do you outline or just write wherever the story takes you? What does your workspace look like? Do you have any habits or quirks when you are writing?

I am what you classify a “weird” writer; I do not have a creative process so to speak. I sit down, open my mind, and see where my thoughts go. I have a habit of writing as if I am telling a story in person. Another thing I’ve noticed – I am ALWAYS writing, even when I am nowhere near a computer or a pen. Sometimes it makes me crazy, this inability to “turn it off” but it also helps me process. When I am confident with my idea (and the little quirks that pop into my head) I sit down and write. It is not uncommon for me to write an entire 80,000 word novel in two weeks.

Which leads me to my quirk – procrastination! As a reporter, I write 40 articles per month, usually in the last 48 hrs before we print. I used to be a heavy smoker – sometimes 3 packs a day during deadline. Smoking was heavily part of my routine – I’d get stuck, light a smoke. I quit smoking August 2014, despite my fear that I would not be able to write any more – thankfully I can still write!  Now, when I am done a book or project for myself or someone else, I celebrate with a glass of wine and a hot bath.

What do you find to be the hardest part of writing a novel?

For me, writing the novel is easy; publishing it is easy; the hard part is waiting for feedback. Patience is NOT my virtue. I have sent out hundreds of copies of books and I get very frustrated when people do not write reviews or tell me what they think. For example, A Discreet Betrayal ended in a way two more books could be written, but I am afraid to proceed to book two because not many people got back to me on how they felt about Discreet. Even if it sucks, ESPECIALLY if it sucks, I need to know!

 What about the easiest? What parts of the writing process just feel natural for you?

I hate to admit it, but the entire process is natural for me. Not because I am brilliant, but because as a child, writing was the only way I could speak (you would have to read Finding Gloria to fully understand). In my opinion, I express myself much better in writing than I do verbally.

Thank you Marianne, for visiting with us today!     


To find out more about Marianne Curtis, or purchase her books, visit her website  or blog 

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Local authors band together – Authors of Manitoba in the News

authors of manitobaMarianne Curtis, author and founder of Authors of Manitoba proudly displays some of the work done by local authors.

February was I love to Read month, and as part of the celebrations a new author’s group was launched within the region. Called the Authors of Manitoba, the group currently consists of over twenty published authors from throughout the region.

Ile des Chenes author and publisher Marianne Curtis established the group hoping to bring visibility to the large number of authors who live, and write within southern Manitoba.

“Since I published my first book in 2012, I have been surprised to discover that we have a wealth of talented authors living in various communities but the general public is oblivious,” stated Curtis. “We have an author in almost every single community; the problem is most people do not know this.”

Curtis says she would like to see the group operate similar to an Arts Council.

“There is a wealth of information and representation for artists, dancers and musicians in the region, but there is nothing for writers,” continued Curtis. “Literacy is an important facet; without it one cannot succeed, so why would we not want to promote reading and writing as being important.”

The first order of business was to appoint a board of directors. Joining Curtis at the table are marketing expert Heather Murray, along with authors Carla Funk, Les Kletke, Casia Schreyer and Celesta Thiessen.

“I hope the group will bring authors together for information sharing, marketing help and I think it would be great if we could have some fun together too,” stated Thiessen, who has penned more than twenty books in several genres. “Being an author feels like a lonely job sometimes. It’s great to be able to connect!”

Veteran Christian author Barbara Ann Derksen recently relocated to the area, and was thrilled to join the group. “Since joining, I have learned a little of what is available in Canada already and hope to learn and discover even more as I encourage others in their writing,” she added.

Authors of Manitoba are currently working on establishing partnerships with local libraries and schools to ensure that students and the local communities have access to local talent and materials. The group is working together to host a book tour, which would see several authors at a time doing readings and signings this summer at community festivals, farmers markets and trade shows. A one day authors fair is also in the works for the fall, at Jake Epp Library.

“Similar to a trade show, we invite all authors to bring their books, set up a table, meet with readers, and have fun,” continued Curtis. “This would be a one day event open to the public, featuring all genres and age groups.”

So far the group consists of authors from Otterburne, Steinbach, Hadashville, East Braintree, Ste. Anne, St. Pierre, Buffalo Point, Gardenton, La Broquerie, Vita, Ste. Genevieve, Dugald, Winnipeg and The Pas. Their catalogue contains works in all genres including memoir, young adult, children, Christian, fiction, romance and local history.

All published authors are welcome to join. You can find Authors of Manitoba of Facebook, and a website containing a complete catalogue of local books will be launched in the near future. For more information or to join call 204-794-1207 or email emeraldpublication@gmail.com.


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Manitoba Author Applauds Ability to Publish Rehtaeh Parsons’ name

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 MB Author Applauds Ability to Publish Rehtaeh Parsons’ name

 Marianne - RaeILE DES CHENES, Manitoba (December 17, 2014) – Marianne Curtis, author of Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors applauds today’s decision by Nova Scotia Attorney General and Minister of Justice that the media would not be prosecuted for publishing Rehtaeh Parsons name as long as it was used respectfully.

 Last month, the Manitoba author released Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors, which consists of stories of bullying survivors from Canada, the US and UK. Despite the publication ban, Leah Parsons story appears in the publication.

  “I was honoured that Leah trusted me with Rehtaeh’s story. Her story inspired this book, including its name. I was raped in school, and expelled 30 years ago. I connected with her when I realized that if social media had been available in 1984, I may have done the same thing,” stated Curtis. “I had to do something to honour her life, and we have all been through this in one way or another. It just affects us differently. When I shared this with people, the stories started coming in.”

 Last month, the Manitoba author released Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors, which consists of stories of bullying survivors from Canada, the US and UK. Despite the publication ban, Leah Parsons story appears in the publication. Rehtaeh Parsons’ case attained worldwide notoriety when she committed suicide after months of cyber-bullying.

 After Rehtaeh’s death, her mother, Leah, turned to social media to tell her daughter’s story. The hacker collective Anonymous got involved and intense pressure from them, the public, and the provincial government prompted the police to re-open the case. New evidence turned up and was given to Halifax police, who laid charges against two boys: one with production and distribution of child pornography and one with distribution of child pornography. There is a statutory ban on the naming of victims in child pornography cases in Canada, yet the media continued to name Rehtaeh Parsons until April 2014, when Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Jamie Campbell ordered the ban.

 “In the book, I hated the fact I had to change her name to “Heather” otherwise I could get fined or jailed. Her story matters, her story will change lives. But to do that, we need to be able to use her name. I am thrilled that I can now go back, and change her name to Rehtaeh, and celebrate the young woman she was.”

 Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors is a collection of real stories, written by real people who have suffered at the hands of bullies.  In each story, contributors dig deep into their own painful memories, to vulnerably expose their horrors with the hope that their survival will inspire others to fight. Along with real stories, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors includes vital information that could help readers identify and stop bullying in their home or community.

 What others are saying about Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors

 “This is an excellent book which gives an insight into the lives of those who have lived with bullying. It is an honest, nitty gritty book full of stories of survivers. This book is at times hard to read because the stories are heartbreaking, but, when you know they are true stories; it really does make you think. This book should be read by teachers, school kids and parents.” – Julianna, Amazon Reviewer

 “I’m so proud that this book is Canadian! While the resources and many of the stories included in this book are from all over North America and beyond, this book would help anyone dealing with bullying whether an adult or a child no matter where a person is from! Reading stories written by people who have survived bullying will lead to more and more people coming out with their personal story which is so empowering for them and can only be beneficial to battling the bullying epidemic that surrounds people of all ages. What an amazing compilation of stories, and while many of these stories are heartbreaking it is clear why each contributor is part of this book as a whole. – B. Howie, Amazon Reviewer

 “The stories in this book are heartfelt and honest. The people who contributed share their stories with brutal honesty, but many also have that breath of hope. These people are hopeful that they can make a change and they are hopeful that they will overcome their traumatic experiences.
There are resources in the back of the book – and more than just a list of phone numbers. There is information about bullying in the home, the school, and the workplace, how to identify it, how to report it, and who to turn to if you can’t cope with it. This is information that should be made available to every parent, teacher, counsellor, HR rep or union rep responsible for workplace harassment claims, teen, pre-teen,” Casia Schreyer, Amazon Review

 Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors was released worldwide as a paperback and e-book on Amazon by Emerald Publications. The updated version is already available online. It will also available in several stores locally, including McNally Robinson in Winnipeg. Copies can be ordered online through the author’s website and various online bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Apple.

 A complimentary ebook is available for review purposes

 About the Author

 Marianne Curtis is a well respected newspaper journalist from southern Manitoba, Canada with nearly twenty years of media, publishing, and freelance writing experience. Her first book, a personal memoir called Finding Gloria hit the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Bookstores in Winnipeg, and on Amazon in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. Curtis’s other published titles include: Moondust and Madness: a collection of poetry, Behind Whispering Pines, Brian’s Last Ride and A Discreet Betrayal.

 In 2013, she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying,  and sexual assault.

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 The author is available for public appearances, including (but not exclusive to) book clubs, libraries, media interviews and speaking engagements.

 Contact:

Marianne Curtis, author

mariannecurtis.author@gmail.com

Locally Authored Book Speaks for Bullied – Dawson Trail Dispatch

 Marianne - Rae  On November 16, Marianne Curtis released her third book called Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors internationally. Shining the spotlight on bullying, the locally penned collection of survival stories has been gaining attention across Canada.

   “I have been amazing with the response to this book,” stated author Marianne Curtis. “I knew people would be touched by it, but I was not prepared for the ripple effect.”

   Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors contains almost two dozen stories written by real survivors of bullying from Canada, the US and United Kingdom. It also includes a significant resource section that focuses on nearly every type of bullying imaginable.

   Jake Epp Library in Steinbach hosted the official local launch with about two dozen people in attendance. Several contributors bravely stood up and shared their stories for the first time.

   “It was a very emotional night; three of the writers stood up and there was not a dry eye in the room. It was amazing to see what was happening to people as other’s opened up and bravely spoke for the first time,” Curtis added. “It is a subject everyone seems to connect with in one way or another, unfortunately.”

   Some of the contributors are well known locally including Evan Wiens, and Candace Maxymovich. There are even stories from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, including one by Leah Parsons, the mother of Rehteah Parsons.

   “Rehteah’s story was the hardest to tell but I was determined to include it because her story and name inspired this project,” Curtis explained. “However, a publication ban would not allow me to print her name in the book. Even though it was in her own words, I could not print Leah’s daughter’s name, and it made me sick to my stomach. I vow to print a new edition when and if the ban is ever lifted.”

   While the ramifications of releasing such a book are unpredictable, reaction across Canada has been felt. In Saskatchewan, Jenna Nickie, who shared her son’s story in the book, received a surprise phone call from the province’s Minister of Education.

   “The province say Breck’s story in the local paper after the book came out, and they called me the next day to set up a meeting,” Nickie stated. “I have been trying to get someone to hear me, and finally they are paying attention.”

   Curtis is already working on followup volumes and plans on tackling the subjects of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual violence.

   “People are already sending me their stories for upcoming books; now that people know it is okay to share, they want the world to know what they’ve experienced, especially if it can help save a life,” Curtis concluded.

   Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors is available locally at several businesses and can be purchased online from the author’s website mariannecurtisauthor.wix.com/mariannecurtis or through Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo and other online bookstores.

New Book Tackles Bullying – Mix 96.7

This morning I did three radio interviews; this was the first one I did, with Corny Rempel from Mix 96.7 Steinbach

New Book Tackles Bullying

Marianne Curtis has a new book “Rae Of Hope” that will be launched on Tuesday November 18th at the Jake Epp Library at 7pm.
Here is what Marianne says about her new book.
“Last year, I had an opportunity to speak before the Manitoba Legislature and share my bullying story when they were considering Bill 18. This was the first time I ever stood up and shared the horrors I was subjected to as a young person. I was inspired by a young lady in Nova Scotia, who took her life after being subjected to some of the same things I was.
While preparing for my presentation, I received hundreds of emails in support, from other’s who have suffered the same and even worse. I realized I was lucky, and I had to be brave, not for myself, but for those who did not have a voice. Instead of letting those stories collect dust in my inbox, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors was born. Over the past year, I have collected real stories from across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom and put them into an “all in one” resource. Rae of Hope also includes resources on how to identify and stop bullying in your home, school or community.

http://www.steinbachonline.com/mix-96-7-fm/132129-new-book-tackles-bullying

New Book Provides Rae of Hope for Bullying Survivors – AM 1250

An interview I had with Michelle Sawatsky from AM 1250; this is the resulting story

New Book Provides Rae of Hope For Bullying Survivors

A local author used some of her own past experiences of being bullied as part of a collection of bullying survivor stories called “Rae of Hope” being launched Tuesday.
Marianne Curtis of Steinbach said when Bill 18 became a big issue here, she felt it was important for her to share her story, as she had been severely bullied in this area and was concerned that regulated changes would actually make a difference.
“I actually thought bullying was normal – that’s the sad part. When people I went to school with came forward with their own bullying stories, they encouraged me to share my story. I realized it was important to share my own story as well.”
She found that telling her story was very therapeutic, so she wanted to share this with other bullying survivors. She sent out a call over social media for people to share their bullying stories with her and she received submissions from all over Canada, USA and the UK.
“A lot of their stories were worse than mine, and it was really cool to give a voice to some of these stories that had never been spoken before, not even to family.”
Curtis said her book was supposed to be one book about bullying, but after receiving stories about sexual violence, child abuse, etc, it has inspired her to write an additional five other books to be a part of a  six-book series.
“This project has grown into something beyond writing a book. It’s inspiring other people to find healing and help, because that’s the only way to get over it.
Curtis encourages people to wear blue in support of the “Stop Bullying” message to the book launch at Jake Epp Library, Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

http://www.steinbachonline.com/local/132134-new-book-provides-rae-of-hope-for-bullying-survivors

NEW RELEASE – Rae of Hope – Stories from Survivors

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Bullying Survivors Share Stories in New Book

 ILE DES CHENES, Manitoba (November 1, 2014) – Marianne Curtis, Amazon bestselling author and head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch, is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors on November 16, just in time for Bullying Awareness Week.

“When the province proposed Bill 18, I considered sharing my bullying story publicly for the first time. As I pondered going public, I received hundreds of letters of support from people thanking me for being courageous and giving them a voice. That was when I realized that I needed to help those who have been silenced by their abusers, and help others share their stories. By sharing our stories, we take back our power and are no longer victims.”

            Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors is a collection of real stories, written by real people who have suffered at the hands of bullies.  In each story, contributors dig deep into their own painful memories, to vulnerably expose their horrors with the hope that their survival will inspire others to fight.

             This collection includes contributions from across Canada, the US and UK.  Read stories of bullying survivors, including submissions from Leah Parson’s, whose daughter “Heather” was bullied to suicide in 2013 in Nova Scotia; Jenna Nickie, the “Warrior Mom” from Saskatchewan; Evan Wiens, who fought successfully for a gay-straight alliance within a Christian-based school district; and Candace Maxymowich, a budding politician subjected to international online bullying during a civic election campaign also contributed to this project. Also, Gina Dickason, founder of Families Impacted by Bullying shares her daughter Jade’s story for the first time ever. 

            Along with real stories, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors includes vital information that could help readers identify and stop bullying in their home or community.

On November 16, 2014, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors will be released worldwide as a paperback and e-book on Amazon by Emerald Publications. It will also available in several stores locally, including McNally Robinson in Winnipeg. Copies can be ordered online through the author’s website and various online bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Apple.

A complimentary downloadable version is available to media upon request for review purposes.

 

An official book launch is taking place at Jake Epp Library in Steinbach on November 18, 2014 at 7pm. There will be a number of special guests, including some of the contributors. The author is encouraging attendees to wear blue in support of the Stop Bullying message.

 About the Author

Marianne Curtis is a well respected newspaper journalist from southern Manitoba, Canada with

Nearly twenty years of media, publishing, and freelance writing experience. Her first book, a personal memoir called Finding Gloria hit the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Bookstores in Winnipeg, and on Amazon in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. Curtis’s other published titles include: Moondust and Madness: a collection of poetry, Behind Whispering Pines, Brian’s Last Ride and A Discreet Betrayal.  

In 2013, she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying,  and sexual assault.

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The author is available for public appearances, including (but not exclusive to) book clubs, libraries, media interviews and speaking engagements.

Contact:

Marianne Curtis, author

mariannecurtis.author@gmail.com

(204)794-1207

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Local Author Meets Biggest Fan

Fan - 4Part of the fun of being an author is that people actually want to meet you. A week ago,  I met my biggest fan!

Two years ago, when Finding Gloria came out, the office received a call from a young lady in Steinbach. She really wanted my book. I promised to drop off a copy where she worked but never actually saw her. She called once or twice about payment but I let it go. It was a gift.

Today, I received a message from someone who knows her, asking if I would meet with her face-to-face. Apparently, this young lady has been running around with cash in her pocket since Xmas 2012 so she could pay me, just in case we ever ran into each other. She wants to meet me and have me sign her book. Apparently she “loves me” and is just tickled pink that this woman (who contacted me) actually knows me…

This evening, we met for the first time, and I surprised her with two signed copies of my books. She was so thrilled and was actually gushing. I was glad my daughter was there to see it. It was really sweet! I can’t wait to see her again.

A Discreet Betrayal

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A Discreet Betrayal is a cautionary modern day love story.

Single magazine journalist, Emma joins an on-line dating community after failing to find a suitable partner in the “real world”. There she meets Stephan and the pair hit it off immediately. As the couple make plans for the future, an anonymous email changes the entire relationship. Putting her stellar investigative skills to work, Emma discovers the man of her dreams is living a double life and nothing was as it seems.

With the help of her fellow dating site companions, Emma deals with her lovers shocking betrayal and realizes love was right beside her, she was just looking in the wrong direction.

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For eighteen years, Marianne Curtis has been the head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch.  During that time, she has published more than 7,000 articles in the monthly paper.   Her début memoir Finding Gloria was her way of healing from the past she details, and finding peace with her life.  It has crawled to the #1 spot on several Amazon best sellers lists since it came out in 2012. Originally intended to be an outlet for her own healing, Curtis has been surprised and touched at the stories she hears from readers and the way that her story has helped them to share theirs. As a result, she was nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2013.

“Like” Marianne Curtis on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FindingGloria

For media inquiries or to request a review copy, please contact:

Marianne Curtis

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Manitoba Author Takes on Internet Dating in New Novel

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Manitoba Author Takes on Internet Dating in New Novel

ILE DES CHENES, Manitoba (March 11, 2014) – Marianne Curtis, Amazon bestselling author and head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch, is thrilled to announce the release of her second full length novel titled A Discreet Betrayal.

“In today’s busy world, more men and women are turning to online dating as a viable option to find a mate than ever before; it is a subject that matters to people,” says Marianne Curtis, author. “Having once belonged to several online dating communities, I drew upon my own personal experiences – and the experiences of my friends – to write A Discreet Betrayal. It is a work of fiction, but there are many true stories buried within.”

            A Discreet Betrayal is a cautionary modern day love story that has readers asking “how  far would you go to discover the truth?” Single magazine journalist, Emma joins an on-  line dating community after failing to find a suitable partner in the “real world”. There she meets Stephan and they hit it off immediately. As the couple make plans for the future,  an anonymous email changes the entire relationship.

            Putting her stellar investigative skills to work, Emma discovers the man of her dreams is  living a double life and nothing was as it seems. With the help of her fellow dating site  companions, Emma untangles a web of lies, and deals with her lover’s shocking betrayal. At the same time, she realizes that true love was right beside her, she was just looking in the wrong direction.

On March 11, 2014 A Discreet Betrayal was released as a paperback and e-book. In the coming weeks it will be available in several stores locally, including McNally Robinson in Winnipeg. It can also be ordered online through the author’s website and various online bookstores including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, ITunes and Sony.

A complimentary downloadable version is available to media upon request for review purposes.

 An official launch event is in the planning stages for April, 2014.

 About the Author

Marianne Curtis is a well respected newspaper journalist from southern Manitoba, Canada with

Nearly twenty years of media, publishing, and freelance writing experience.  Her first book, a personal memoir called Finding Gloria hit the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Bookstores in Winnipeg, and on Amazon in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom.

In 2013, she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying,  and sexual assault.

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The author is available for public appearances, including (but not exclusive to) book clubs, libraries, media interviews and speaking engagements.

Contact:

Marianne Curtis, author

emeraldpublications.wordpress.com

mariannecurtis.author@gmail.com

Author Interview – Marianne Curtis on A Discreet Betrayal

Q: What is this book about? 

A: Well, it started out as a book about online dating, turned into a nasty betrayal. Then it takes you on a wild ride through the subplot. It will take you on an a crazy adventure. The ending, will come completely out of left field, and leave you gasping.

 Q: Is this story inspired by the realities of the online dating world?

A: Yes, I was once a member of several online chat rooms, joined a few dating sites and met many interesting people. It was very much a part of my life for a decade! I took some of my personal experiences, and put them together. My characters carry a piece of each memorable chatter I’ve met; and the main men, men I’ve dated or wanted to date.  Some of the activities I wrote about being actual events I attended. It’s hard for people to understand how real, online life can become. People meet, they get married, they have children. They date, they break up, they get cheated on. And it all starts on a computer! This was the good old days – when chat was still fun! Now, it’s not the same. I would never join some of the things groups I did before.

Q: Are any of the experiences in this novel based on parts of your life?

A: The short answer is yes – most of them. The hardest part about writing this book was fictionalizing actual events and protecting the innocent.

Q: If so, is there a message in your novel that you would like readers to grasp?

A: That everyone makes mistakes; some are forgivable, others are not. That it doesn’t matter where you meet in life, if there is a connection, go with it. I’ve had more real online relationships, than most people have in real life. My best friend (who Debbie is based on) and I met in a chatroom. When Debbie speaks, I hear my best friends voice in my head.

Q: Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

A: That sometimes we do insane things when we love someone, things that even we don’t understand. Hopefully in the end, we learn from them.

Q: After reading Finding Gloria, and the range of emotions that I felt as a reader. I can only imagine all the emotions you went through experiencing it, then writing it. My question is what drives you to write a second book that could put you through the same range of emotions a second time, without having read A Discreet Betrayal?

A: Good question. When I wrote Finding Gloria, I got rid of a lot of pain and found tons of understanding. I tend to find healing through my fingertips. Discreet wrote itself for many reasons and in the end, I feel the same relief, I feel like I’ve exorcised my demons, and I am ready to move on. I had hoped that by sharing this story (or the parts that are based on reality) would help me learn and grow; and it did.  Closing the cover at the end of this book, closes the chapter on a few things for me too.

Q: I love the characters. Do you plan on expanding their stories?

A: YES! I see at least two more books coming out of this series ~ I already have an idea for the next one. I am thinking Hannah and Chief Alexander need to get together.

Q: What was the hardest part about writing this book?

A: It challenged my skills, but someone once told me I was a great story teller, so I ran with it. As a journalist, I write facts. In Discreet, I took facts and blew them up into these crazy scenarios. I let my imagination go, but kept it believable and interesting. The ending, sort of blew itself up and I just let my fingers do the talking. Based on the feedback, I hit paydirt.

A Discreet Betrayal – The Poem

A Discreet Betrayal - a behind the scenes peek

The poem that inspired A Discreet Betrayal

A Discreet Betrayal: Marianne Curtis 2007

Forgiveness comes easy
Forgetting is much more difficult.
I look at him and wonder,
Does he want to be elsewhere?
With someone else?
Questions I’d never have thought of asking,
Until finding my trust was betrayed.

It’s difficult to suppress the pictures,
His grin, as he enjoys caressing someone else.
It’s a nightmare I wish I could block,
Its worse knowing the encounter was one of many,
He even shared “our” bed with some.
The condom on his desk should have clued me in.
Not knowing would have been less painful.

If only I could forget about the couple,
The countless women he cybers with,
Typing sweet nothings that should be mine.
Sneaky text messages, plotting meetings for “coffee”.
A discreet meeting in a movie theater,
During a flick that we’d talked about seeing together.
It hurts knowing I was waiting – to ensure my heart was pure.
Meanwhile, I was nothing – while he sowed his seeds of betrayal.
An endless trail of lies.

The reasons I should hate him are many.
I should have walked away and fast.
Instead I clung to his words, now I wonder if all were lies.
A new beginning shouldn’t hurt so much,
Suspicion lurks around each corner.
Harboring a jealous streak is least expected,
And angers me even more.

Even after saying his heart was true,
A fuck buddy he still does seek.
A letter, quickly hidden speaks volumes.
But worst of all is what its doing to me.
I want to trust, and believe in happy endings,
Yet I ask myself, at what cost?

Can I live with never knowing if I am the only one?
Can I ever be enough for him?
Can I walk away, and never look back?
Can I still love a man, that couldn’t wait.