Sunday, September 6, 2009

Presenting Marchel Alverson

Marchel Alverson-
Book Titles: Painted on Souls (2006), Savor the Sweetness (2008)

Marchel Alverson is the author of "Painted on Souls" and "Savor the Sweetness." She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri, where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also holds a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Marchel has worked as a journalist for more than 15 years, both as a writer and editor in Kansas City, Mo., Reno and Tampa. Currently, she works as a communications specialist in Kansas City.
What do you want readers to take away from your book?
With Painted On Souls, I wanted my readers - especially the parents - to come away realizing that every decision they make will affect their children for the rest of their lives, and possibly the next generation. Also, I wanted the readers to take away, that regardless of circumstances, people can change for the better. With Savor the Sweetness, I wanted the readers to understand that the grass is not always greener on the other side. That material things do not equate to happiness, and the people and things we sometimes take for granted can all be taken away in a heartbeat.

Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?
No I am not a believer in outlines! Mainly, because I think the characters often lead you in directions you never thought imaginable. If you limit yourself to the confines of an outline, you can possibly miss out on developing the characters fully. One of the things I am old-fashioned about though, is that I write most things out longhand with a regular pencil and pad of paper before sitting down at the computer. It works for me, because when I finally do sit down in front of the computer, I am already at the revision stage! What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?

Writing, for me, is the most sacred art form. So, every word I write comes from the heart and is meant to display a certain meaning and provoke the reader into some type of action. When I sit down to write, I ask myself, what would make me, as a reader, want to turn this page? If I can't answer that question, then I know something's wrong. My pace is purposely fast, and I believe strongly in "show don't tell," so with every page, the reader feels like they are there with the characters - they can touch the same things they are touching, feel what they are feeling, and even smell what they smell. How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?
To learn more about me, readers can find me most often at

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