Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Writer's View: M. Garzon


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding the entire trilogy on Kindle or Kobo (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Writer's View


First off, thanks for the incentive to clean off my desk! The view outside is of sylvan St-Lazare, Quebec, a town in a fairly rural area. I’m so lucky to be living in this wonderful place. When I was finishing my first book, Blaze of Glory, I was living in a small two-bedroom apartment with my two children. The space was cramped, boiling hot in summer (so hot our downstairs neighbor died that year), and it didn’t have any safe play areas for the kids. Now that we live in this lovely neighborhood I find myself having frequent conversations with my kids about how fortunate we are, and why it’s important to remember that most of the world’s population can only dream about a comfortable house with a bedroom for each child, a yard, and a car. I don’t know how much of it is sinking in, though, because this is the only life they really remember. At the very least, I hope they’re absorbing the importance of feeling gratitude.

You know that expression, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? I thought about it a lot while writing this post. I used to think that it meant people had different tastes, and that one person’s art was another person’s ugly graffiti. And that may still be true, but to me, that expression now means that what you feel on the inside determines how you see things on the outside. I’ve been to some stunning places in the world – the volcanoes of Guatemala, ocean reefs off the coast of Honduras, the Rocky mountains in my own country – but I frequently couldn’t revel in their beauty because of the ugly mess inside myself. When I was writing Blaze, my life seemed a mess from the outside. I was alone with two kids and living in poverty, and yet what I ‘saw’ were the scenes of my book flashing vividly across the screen of my mind. I was filled with excitement, and everything around me – the drab white walls, the apartments buildings across the street, my own sweet children – they all bloomed with the beauty of my inner joy. Now that I’m blessed with this bucolic view, I can truly enjoy it thanks to the peace I’ve found within. And let me tell you, it was long time coming!

This is Jace. We adopted him 6 months ago from a rescue in Texas; since I’m in Quebec, Canada, he traveled a long way. Don’t let the innocent look fool you – he requires frequent bribes (as pictured) to let me work. He’s like a toddler: he whines, he’s naughty, and he paws me for attention all day, but he’s become as much a fixture of my workplace as the desk. Although much cuddlier.

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Some fires can consume you.

Last year, I had it all. Two jumpers on the show circuit, a lot of wins, and a lot of attention - the good kind. But now I have nothing. My life is circling the drain. The only spark of light that exists for me is my new, forbidden passion. If my stepfather finds out, he will kill me. My twin brother, my only blood relative in the world, has already begged me not to. But I can't help myself. If it can't be horses, it has to be this...

About the Author:

M. Garzon rode horses professionally for ten years, until an injury prompted a career change. She returned to school and completed a BSc; then for good measure, an MBA. After several years of toiling as a business consultant, she turned to writing in a desperate bid to regain her sanity. A mom of two fabulous children, she lives in St Lazare, QC and considers herself extremely lucky to be a writer.

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2 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

mgarzon said...

Thank you for hosting :)