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Something About Me and My Book:
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 15, 1954. My parents, four older siblings, and I moved to Indiana when I was four. Although I lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years in the mid 1970s, the American Midwest is where my husband, two grown children, and I call home.

My writing career began in the winter of 2003 while in the process of researching information about an event that happened during WWII. It sparked the idea for my first novel—a spy murder mystery, which is still in its first draft. That was it; the writing bug bit hard and hasn’t let go. The experience quickly evolved into a life-changing passion that has led to the birth of my Sam Harper Crime Mysteries and my debut novel, “Silenced Cry.” I am a member of Sisters in Crime and the Midwest Writer's Workshop.

The person who most influenced me to pursue my writing was one of my college English professors who I met in 1993. She was the first professional to compliment my writing; something that took me quite by surprised. Prior to that, I never considered writing as a path in life. Her encouragement was instrumental in leading me to decide on journalism/PR as a major course of study.

I grew up loving the Nancy Drew books and still have one of the first books I bought through my 3rd grade book clubs (many years ago) titled, 13 Ghostly Tales. Authors who influenced my love for twists and turns include Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle, and Charles Dickens. Then again, I love classic movies. Give me Bogart any day! I have several contemporary authors whose works I enjoy as well, but regret that since I began to write, most of my reading has been “how to” books and research.

The first novel in the Sam Harper Crime Mysteries, “Silenced Cry” (2007) was followed by “The Devil Can Wait” in 2008. It won the bronze medal in the 2009 IPPY awards in the mystery/suspense category. Books three and four in the series are in their first draft forms. I’m currently working on novel that will introduce a female private investigator, Rhonie Lude.
Website:
http://www.martastephens-author.com


An excerpt, character bio, MY bio, reviews, etc., etc., are available on my website, www.martastephens-author.com. And oh, don't forget to sign in on my guest map!

"Marta Stephens is a master crime novelist!!! She knows how to spin a complex, credible, action-packed and gripping story with plot, subplot and more subplot. Every page crackles with intrigue, questions, and clues! This lady could easily write for any TV crime drama and hopefully will continue to keep writing great and greater novels like this superb crime novel!" --Vivian Crystal, Crystal Reviews, (NY)





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Interview with Rocco Martino author of "Cancel Christmas!" on Novel Works

It’s my pleasure to introduce, Rocco Martino, a trained astrophysics as well as an international authority on finance, planning, space flight, computer systems, and a former educator. After writing 20 non-fiction books, Martino has just published his first work of fiction and you can read all about this man’s fascinating career and writing journey today on Novel Works… Continue

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 8:00am

Susan Whitfield, guest blogger on Novel Works

Susan has written and published several mystery novels, GENESIS BEACH, and JUST NORTH OF LUCK. HELL SWAMP, the third novel, will be released by publisher L&L Dreamspell on February 21st. She is currently writing GATOR CREEK, set along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington.



Her article, "Inside the Mind of A Mystery Writer: Challenges" is posted on Novel Works today, December 9, 2009.… Continue

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 8:05am

New Blog, Novel Works/author featured

Hi all,



Today I posted a new review for “Mazurka” written by Aaron Paul Lazar on Novel Works.



About the author: Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of LeGarde Mysteries and Moore Mysteries enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his websites at www.legardemysteries.com and… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 8:43am

"The Devil Can Wait" 2009 IPPY Bronze Medal Finalist

"The Devil Can Wait" selected 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) bronze medal finalist in the mystery/suspense/thriller category.
Available from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and numeroud other online bookstores.
ISBN: 978-1-905202-86-7
316 Pages
$15.99
Autographed copies available through Stephens's website.

Posted on May 25, 2009 at 5:39pm

"The Devil Can Wait" is a IPPY Award semifinalist

The second book in my Sam Harper Crime Mystery series, "The Devil Can Wait," is a semifinalist in the annual IPPY Awards in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards). The 120… Continue

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:24pm — 2 Comments

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At 7:05am on October 6, 2010, Karen Steward said…
Hi Marta, glad to make your acquaintance!
At 9:34am on February 16, 2010, Stephen Rosenzweig said…
Hi Marta, I am Stephen Rosenzweig. I have had my first book released 3 weeks ago. The book is THE JOURNEY. I don;t have a big marketing program from any advertizers.
How are you managing your promotions. I have worked the internet, but, it is not going that well. most of my sales are from people I see around town, friends and family. I am on 10 linked social networks, but don't know what to do to have people know about them, or my blog. Check out my webpage for the book and let me know what you think of it. It's address is www.thejourneyclub.net.
Can you help a new author with some advice?

Thanks,Steve Rosenzweig
At 10:39am on September 10, 2009, J. Steve Miller said…
Thanks Marta! Great advice!
At 7:14am on September 10, 2009, J. Steve Miller said…
Thanks for the info! After doing one on your own and one through a publicist, which would you recommend? btw, I don't like to spend money unless I absolutely have to!
At 6:13am on September 10, 2009, J. Steve Miller said…
Marta,

Bill Frank tells me you've participated in some virtual blog tours. Did they work well for you? Any hints? I'm thinking of doing one for my recent book.
At 7:33pm on August 13, 2009, Kim Mitchell said…
Okay...other discussions. :) I'm looking for an editor for my book. I've just spent the last two weeks waiting on a sampling and then they changed their mind. I could use Author House, which is the self-pub company I'm going with but thought there might be a better opportunity out there for me.

Anyone you can refer for editing? I have been quoted $300 to $5000 for editing. I don't even know what to expect for 67,800 word manuscript (about 200 pages).

Any suggestions are appreciated.
At 7:30pm on August 13, 2009, Kim Mitchell said…
Howdy, neighbor! I hope we can connect on other discussions in the future.

Have a great night,
Kim
At 5:40am on August 4, 2009, DragonCub said…
Good Day !
Hope so you will be fine. If you get some time then do visit my website http://www.dragoncub.com/books

DragonCub.com is a brand new online bookstore and gives you a plat form to promote and sell your work easily.

I will be happy if you add your book(s) there.

Looking forward.

At 7:29pm on July 15, 2009, Freya R said…
Thank you Marta for taking the time to try out BookBuzzr. We'd love to know your thoughts on it.

Cheers
Freya
At 9:30pm on July 14, 2009, Freya R said…
Hi Marta

Do stop by when you have a moment to check out our free book marketing tool - BookBuzzr. (www.bookbuzzr.com)

BookBuzzr is a page-flipping application that is more suited for marketing books online. BookBuzzr comes with the built-in ability to share your book-extract on over 60 social networking and bookmarking sites such as Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, Digg, Delicious etc.

We'd love it if you'd take a look at our tool and share your thoughts.

Cheers
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PS - Sorry for this message if you already use BookBuzzr, but please help us tell others and spread the benefit!
 
 
 

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