Marianna

About me
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How I became a...
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I'm a writer and artist by profession and a wife, homemaker and soon to be first time mother. I also am the owner/designer of Star Girl Jewelry & Glass Art at www.stargirljewelry.com which I launched approx. 3 yrs ago and also enjoy running my online book group at Yahoo Groups called the BookMasters which I started approx. 4 yrs ago. When I'm not reading, writing, creating new jewelry pieces, filling orders, painting or melting glass to create small pieces of art at my torch in my Michigan studio you will find me spending lots of time with my wonderful and supportive husband.

Reader - from a very young age I was always just very attracted to books even before I could read. writer - again from a very young age as soon as I was able to write I began creating stories and illustrations and submitting them to Young Authors competitions
Reviewer- it was always just something I wanted to do. I thought "Gosh, what a terrific job to get to read books and review them and have people interested in whether you like or disliked a book." It's awesome! Artist- again from a very young age I would create all sorts of art using whatever I could get my hands on and as I grew older it continued on and developed into pottery, paints, glass, beads etc.
Designer/business owner - after many years of creating all sorts of art whether it be on canvas or to accessorise with I decided to expand from craft shows and art fairs and purchased my own little bit of heaven on the world wide web. I take pride in following my dreams and being a successful woman owned business.
Wife - I was lucky enough to fall in love with the most amazing person I've ever met. My husband is my bestest friend, my biggest supporter and the center of my universe which he will soon have to share that last bit with our son Noah who will be arriving in a few months

My taste in books:

Favorite authors:

I love contemporary women's fiction but I'm a sucker for young adult reads. I also enjoy to break things up a bit with a good mystery, suspense and romance. Even though I will pretty much read any genre I much prefer fiction. As a New Years resolution I'm trying to add more classics into the mix as well.

I know I'll end up leaving so many out and kicking myself for it but here it goes: JD Salinger, Louise Rennison, Janet Evanovich, Diane Chamberlain, Sue Monk Kidd, Chris Bohjalian, Wally Lamb, Jennifer Weiner, Marian Keyes, Bill Bryson, Sophie Kinsella and there are just so many more the list goes on and on!

What makes a book a keeper?

What makes me throw a book at the wall?

A keeper for me is when I'm get sad seeing that the book is soon coming to an end. A keeper for me is when I start picturing actors to play the characters roles and keeping my fingers crossed that a movie will soon be made. A keeper for me is when I finish the book and search high and low until I find the authors contact info to write to them to let them know that I LOVED their book.

If by 50-100 pages in I'm not totally hooked and don't care if I'm interrupted then it's for sure getting chucked at something. Too many good books and so little time to waste is my motto.

My favorite genre and why?

My least favorite genre and why?

I can't pick just one. I'd have to say I really love to laugh and get lost in fluffy chic lit but I also enjoy general fiction just as much.

I don't care much for erotica for some reason.

My bathroom library:

My to be read list:

Junk mail and magazines

is HUGE!!! it's taking over my entire house! It's out of control! I need to read faster because I'm just such a sucker for recommendations and then I run out and get them and the pile is officially out of control! But on the brighter side what better feeling that to be surround by books. Such bliss!

My favorite links:

My favorite reading snack:

Can I do a few shameless plugs? lol!! www.stargirljewelry.com
http://www.geocities.com/mnboylan/BOOKMASTERS.html
www.wetcanvas.com
www.ISGB.org
oh yeah and I'm addicted to ebay!

potato chips hands down

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