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“People often ask me about the Feather series,” Marianne Schlegelmilch says, as if she is completely baffled by the interest in the focal point of her mystery stories.
“They want to know if I am ‘new age’ or psychic, or somehow spiritually drawn to a world where feathers symbolize some deep, mystic aura.”
“The truth is that the whole feather ‘thing’ began when a war veteran gave my husband—also a war veteran—a feather with a red dot painted on it and told him it would bring him peace from the war. There’s more to it that that,” she adds, “but that’s the gist of it.”
She goes on to explain that when she decided that writing mysteries might be fun, the feather seemed like a logical focal point around which she could weave her stories, and so she began with the first book in the series, Feather from a Stranger. Next came Two Tickets and a Feather, Driftfeather on the Alaska Seas, and now, Feather for Hoonah Joe.
“My books are stories about life,” she goes on to say. “They’re about the young, the old, and those in the middle of life’s journey. They cover twists and turns and strive for a balance between realism and fantasy—as if to portray life at its worst against life as we wish it could be.”
Certainly Marianne’s years as a critical care nurse have been a strong influence on her personal observations of human nature, but so, too, has her own journey.From a sheltered life in a Midwestern town to the exciting cross-country travels that she credits with forming her into the person she is today, Marianne’s writing displays a deep appreciation for nature, people, animals, and for life itself.
“My writing is the perfect culmination to a long career, a long life, and a long marriage,” she says. “It is as if I am taking a paintbrush and creating a master painting of the human condition from the perspective of my personal observations.”
With the backdrop of Alaska to her stories, and plenty of long Alaskan winters during which to write, Marianne Schlegelmilch has emerged as one of America’s most gifted writers. If you haven’t yet discovered her work, chances are that you will be discovering it soon.
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