Gloria Marlow’s heart is firmly planted in the northeast Florida neighborhood where she grew up in a family of commercial fishermen (and women!). Her home inspires her romantic suspense novels, allowing her to use beautiful settings from northeast Florida in her books. She’s a homemaker at heart who loves cooking, Florida wine, making pickles & jellies, and her rapidly-growing pack of grandchildren.
AB: What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?
Gloria: I work full time as a paralegal in a local law firm. When I’m not working or writing, I like to read, cook, sew, and spend time with my husband and grandkids.
AB: Did you always want to be a writer?
Gloria: For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. Of course, I have a list a mile long of things I wanted to be at various times, but there were only three I always wanted to be – a wife, a mother, and a writer.
AB: What authors do you like to read?
Gloria: Susan Wiggs, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Higgins Clark, Kristin Hannah, Heather Graham, just to name a few.
AB: What’s your biggest quirk?
Gloria: I asked three people what they thought my biggest quirk is – my husband, my daughter, and my sister. They all said I laugh too much when I’m nervous, anxious, or upset . So, there you have it. Apparently it can get a little annoying.
AB: Can you tell us more about your newest release Silenced Song?
Gloria: Silenced Song is a romantic suspense novel like my other books, but there is a faith element to it that makes it a bit different. Faith isn’t the main element of the book, but the characters’ faith is a definite part of them and their lives.
AB: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Gloria: All books use some of the things the author has seen, done, etc., but this one felt like it did so more than my others. A lot of the descriptions in Silenced Song were trips down memory lane. The setting, the music, the trappings of Susanna’s childhood home were so familiar to me. I really enjoyed writing about them.
AB: What do you think readers will like most about the main characters Susanna and Grant?
Gloria: I think readers will like Susanna and Grant’s vulnerability and humanness. I think for the most part they are every day people and readers will be able to relate to them.
AB: What do you want your readers to take away from this book?
Gloria: I don’t really set out with a lesson or message with my writing. Mostly I just want my readers to have the moments of enjoyment I find in a good book. I’d like them to take away a memory that pops up every once in a while and makes them say “I remember that book.” But if there is a message to be had, I hope it is that in spite of the past, there is always hope for the future.
AB: As far as writing goes what are your future plans?
Gloria: I am working on several books. I haven’t completely narrowed down which one will be the next one I finish, but I hope to buckle down and type “the end” to one of them by the end of the year.
AB: What question do you wish someone would ask about you or your book? (then answer it 😉 )
Gloria: Oh my, I’m really not sure. But asking about my grandchildren is sure to get you an answer. I am the proud Memaw of three grandsons and two grand-princesses. They are all beautiful and extremely bright, of course. If I’d known how much I would love being a grandma, I’d have added it to the list of things I wanted to be a lot sooner than I did.
AB: Thanks again for swinging by Gloria! xo
By Gloria Marlow
Genre: Clean Romantic Suspense
Thirty years ago, the playful songs of three small girls was silenced forever. Now, someone watches the families they left behind, counting the days until the music dies once more.
When food editor Susanna Morgan returns to Parnell, Florida to oversee the sale of her childhood home and cover the annual Pomelo Festival for her magazine, she vows not to remain one minute longer than necessary. She doesn’t anticipate her attraction to the local pastor, a return of the faith she thought she’d lost, or the phone calls from her long dead sister.
Former pastor Grant Landon has enough on his plate – his mother’s increasing dementia, his ex-wife’s abandonment and remarriage, and his teenage daughter’s unbridled tongue – without adding his attraction to Susanna Morgan.
When a series of anonymous phone calls and sinister pranks makes it clear that someone is intent on opening old wounds and creating new ones, Susanna and Grant set out to unearth long-buried secrets and heal hurts that are decades old.
Can the faith they share bind them together, even as the past threatens to tear them apart?
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