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Marie Powell

Marie Powell
BIOGRAPHY

Marie Powell’s adventures in castle-hopping and exploring her family roots resulted in her historical fantasy series, Last of the Gifted (Wood Dragon Books). Marie’s 40-plus children’s and young adult books are available from such traditional publishers as Amicus Publishing, Scholastic Education, Lerner/Lightning Bolt, Crabtree and more. Her short fiction and poetry can be found in subTerrain, Room, Transition, and other literary magazines. She is also a professional writer, editor, journalist, and photographer with work published in a variety of formats.

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Last of the Gifted: Epic Fantasy in Medieval Walesby Marie PowellPublish: Oct 14, 2021Series: Last of the GiftedFantasy Teen & Young Adult
Water Sight: Last of the Gifted (Book 2) Audiobook
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Water Sight: Last of the Gifted (Book 2) Audiobookby Marie PowellPublish: Nov 18, 2021Series: Last of the GiftedFantasy
Spirit Sight (Last of the Gifted, Book 1) Audiobook
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Spirit Sight (Last of the Gifted, Book 1) Audiobookby Marie PowellPublish: Aug 14, 2021Series: Last of the GiftedFantasy Teen & Young Adult
Water Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 2)
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Water Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 2)by Marie PowellPublish: Nov 23, 2020Series: Last of the GiftedFantasy Teen & Young Adult
Spirit Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 1)
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#1 Best SellerSpirit Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 1)by Marie PowellPublish: Aug 20, 2020Series: Last of the GiftedFantasy Teen & Young Adult

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Marie Powell's Awards and Achievements

    Marie Powell has earned excellence awards over time. Here is the glimpse of the accolades clinched by the author.

  • Amazon #1 Best Seller
    2021

    Spirit Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 1)

    award
  • Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021
    2021

    Water Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 2)

    achievement
  • Purple Dragonfly: Science Fiction and Fantasy eBooks - Honourable Mention
    2021

    Spirit Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 1)

    award
  • Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring 2021
    2021

    Spirit Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 1)

    achievement
  • Moonbeam Bronze Medal - Young Adult Fiction
    2020

    Spirit Sight (Last of the Gifted Book 1)

    award

Marie Powell Interview On 15, Jun 2021

"Marie Powell was born in Canada, in a small, picturesque city called Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She loved books as a kid. She wrote her first “book” when she was about six, for a neighbor of hers. She has been a journalist and a published short story writer, poet, children’s book author, and even a playwright. She prefers fantasy or speculative fiction but also writes nonfiction and journalistic articles. Her novel, Spirit Sight is a #1 Best-Seller in Arthurian Fantasy."
Where were you born, and what was your childhood like?

I was born in Canada, in a small, picturesque city called Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I’m the youngest of four. I could write a novel about my backyard adventures as a little kid, but I think it was pretty normal for a relatively sleepy neighbourhood in a small prairie city.

What are some interesting experiences you’ve had as a teen?

To be honest, I made a lot of mistakes in those years. My dad died of cancer when I was a teenager, and I didn’t handle it well. I had a lot of problems, but I had encouraging teachers who helped me get into writing workshops and summer arts schools. That really got me through a lot. The summer I was in Grade 11, supportive teachers helped me get into university classes as a conditional special student, and that changed my life. I have five university degrees now, but there was a time I didn’t think I’d live long enough to finish high school.

Which children's book from your childhood has stayed with you in your adult life?

I loved books as a kid, so I have too many answers to that question. The Once and Future King by T. H. White probably tops the list, but I loved Ten Great Stories by Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars series, and so many others. We went to the library regularly, so I always had lots of books around. My Dad either read to me or told stories at bedtime. I really became interested in children’s books as an adult, working as a children’s programmer in a public library.

What are your favorite lines from any novel?

So many great lines leap to mind that I can’t decide what to share. How about a play? “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in [our] philosophy.” And the most inspiring quote for me comes from a Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”: “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”

What motivated you to pen your first novel?

I came to novel writing late, after being a journalist and a published short story writer, poet, children’s book author, and even a dramaturg/playwright. It never occurred to me that I wanted to write long-form fiction. But I was lucky enough to receive scholarships to attend the Sage Hill Writing Experience three times, twice for short fiction and once for playwriting. There, I found myself having lunch with “the novelists,” especially one summer when Robert Kroetsch was teaching novel-writing. I started asking the kinds of questions that could only be answered by writing a novel. I wrote a few very bad novels that will never be published, I’m sure. And these two novels, Spirit Sight (Last of the Gifted, Book 1) and Water Sight (Last of the Gifted, Book 2), were really inspired by a trip to Wales to explore my family heritage when I was in my late 40s.

As a writer, do you prefer to write pure fiction or base your work on real life experiences?

I prefer fantasy or speculative fiction, but I also write nonfiction and journalistic articles. My series Last of the Gifted meshes those two activities: it’s fantasy based in a historical setting, with a combination of historical characters and supernatural or magical characters.

How many books do you plan to write in the Last of the Gifted series?

I had planned to write three, but readers are convincing me that these two books are a satisfying duology. The third book, which I’m writing now, is becoming three more books, so I’m planning to turn it into a related series instead that will follow these characters after the fall of independent Wales.

Did you expect your novel, Spirit Sight to become a best seller? What was your reaction?

No, I really didn’t! I didn’t expect much success with this series at all, but it was my heart-project, so I was just happy to have it published. The day it got the “best-seller” flag on Amazon for the first time, I was literally dancing with joy! I’m part of a community of writers called the Creative Academy for Writers, and I immediately posted a screen shot there. And I’m so pleased that it’s a #1 Best-Seller in Arthurian Fantasy. Given the books I read and had read to me as a child, I think my Dad would have been proud.

How much did you research while writing your novel, Spirit Sight?

A lot. I researched books, articles, and magazines of course. I did a lot of Internet research, finding websites, images and photos, maps, blogs, Google satellite, you name it. There’s a list of recommended reading in the back of the books. I emailed and even phoned scholars and historians to interview them about the period. And I travelled to North Wales a couple of times to visit castles and mines and other areas in person. I took a Welsh class at Nant Gwrtheyrn in North Wales, and I learned a lot about Welsh culture from my instructors there. I stayed for a week in a reconstructed 13 th Century hut near Aberystwyth, visited an archeological dig, and explored a lot of the sites that ended up in the books. Finally, I was lucky enough to secure some funding from Creative Saskatchewan that allowed me to hire a historical editor with expertise in the time period, Daniele Cybulskie, and she checked my accuracy and gave me a lot of good tips.

Have you always loved writing or was it something that developed during your later years?

I’ve always loved writing. I wrote my first “book” when I was about six, for a neighbour of ours. To earn a living, I became a reporter and a freelance journalist, but I always wrote stories and poetry as well. I feel very fortunate and grateful that my work has been chosen for publication by so many different magazines and publishers.

What is the most ideal ambiance for you to write in?

I have a home office, but I usually end up writing at my kitchen table. This is a habit I developed when my kids were young, and I still find it the most cheerful and comfortable place to write. I can also grab a coffee or tea anytime I want one, and that helps!

What do you love the most about writing poetry?

Poetry is a joy to write. It’s an opportunity to play with the sounds and colours of words. It’s a very precise form, and I think that attention to detail and nuance actually helps sharpen your prose writing as well.

What is your next book which is going to publish soon?

I am working on the new spin-off series, and a more contemporary fantasy that I think of as “Veronica Mars meets the Invisible Man.” I’m hoping to get both completed by the end of the summer, and then we’ll see what happens next.

How long have you been associated with AllAuthor? How has your experience been?

I’ve been with AllAuthor since January, and I love it. It was recommended to me by a writer friend. It’s great to have a place to feature my book as a best-seller and to help advertise book deals. The mock-ups and GIFs are useful, plus I’ve just entered Spirit Sight into the June cover contest, so I’m crossing my fingers!

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      • I think all authors have experienced "writer's block" in one way or another. I have two tips for handling these "slow" moments in our writing lives. My Number One tip is to be kind to yourself! It's okay to take a break for a short while. But my Number Two tip is to get back to it and write your way through it. Try journaling or "freewriting" using an online writing prompt (google it or try Bonni Goldberg's new edition of "Room to Write" for some great ideas). Do some planning about your characters or story ideas with one of the great planning tools that we have available now (like One Stop for Writers - I love that site - https://onestopforwriters.com)! You could read a craft book and try a writing exercise (I recommend Julia Cameron and Nathalie Goldberg). Honestly, the best way to overcome writer's block is to write. Don't censor yourself, just write until something comes up that you want to keep writing about. Best wishes for your writing success!
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