How I Write | Marshall Ryan Maresca

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How I Write is a short segment that lets authors talk a bit about themselves and how they write. Today’s segment features Marshall Ryan Maresca.


Location:
Austin, TX.

Mac or Pc:
Mac. Much to my father’s chagrin.

Pen or Pencil:
Pen, all the way.

Thick Crust or Thin Crust:
THIN.

One word that describes your writing style:
Active.

A bit of background about how you got to where you are as a writer:
Very much the “traditional” path. Wrote bad novels. Put them away in a drawer. Wrote better ones. Queried agents. Landed an agent. Agent submitted to publishers, one bought the books… and here we are.

What software/apps do you use to help with your writing:
I am a big fan of Scrivener for both planning novels and writing the drafts. I also have Excel spreadsheets, a program called Aeon Timeline, andI used Photoshop for maps.

What is your office/desk/writing set up like:
Mobile. I don’t have a set space or desk, and I move around the house to work in different spaces depending on the situation or my mood. I have a rolling bag for notebooks, laptop, headphones, etc.

Are you a planner or a fly by the seat of your pantser when you write:
Planner all the way. I have outlines within outlines. I have a structure for my outlines.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever received:
It’s not, strictly speaking, writing advice, but there’s a quote from a spoken word song from the 90s that keeps coming back to me: “The race is long, and ultimately, it’s just with yourself.” It’s a good thing to remind myself with when I catch myself focusing too much on what other writers are doing.

What’s your latest published work you want to tell people about:
My most recent book is The Holver Alley Crew, which is the first book of my Streets of Maradaine series. Holver Alley Crew follows two brothers, Asti &Verci Ryan, who had retired from a life as thieves to start a new, honest life— which gets destroyed when the Alley they live in is burned down. With no home, no shop and an enormous debt, they have to go back to their old life to make ends meet. When they discover the fire was set intentionally, their original heist becomes a plan for revenge…