Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
I just finished taking a nap. I was completely exhausted! I just spent 48 hours with that whirlwind named Marcia Fine. Of course, I had too much fun—but having that much excitement takes a LOT of energy!
For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure, Marcia Fine is the author of five, count ‘em, five books. Two are historical fiction novels—delightfully heavy on the history—I mean I’m not talking about fluffy little period pieces here. The Blind Eye is a heavily-researched story of two Jewish women fleeing Spain, Portugal, and Brazil during the Spanish Inquisition; while Paper Children covers three generations of women before, during and after the holocaust. The first generation of these strong women is a fictional account based on Marcia’s grandmother’s actually story. (In that way, it reminded me of the true-life novel featuring the strong grandmother in Jeannette Wall’s Half Broke Horses—Go Grannies!) So, not only did Marcia spend time visiting Poland and the concentration camps, but she also spent hours listening to her grandmother’s stories and eventually interviewing her on tape.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Marcia has written three satirical novels on the people she lives with in Scottsdale. While some people get upset at the everyday craziness that goes on in our world—Marcia just gets out her notebook and goes to work! Gossip.com, Boomerang, and Stressed in Scottsdale are all part of the same series that has her current city howling and huffing. Some are upset because they think they might be in her books—others are mad because they aren’t!
On Wednesday, Marcia spoke at The Woodland Public Library to help The Friends of The Woodland Public Library celebrate their 30th anniversary. And what a perfect person to help with a celebration! The former head of a modeling agency, Marcia makes a splash just by entering a room. But when she opens her mouth to talk about her books, she completely mesmerizes the audience. In addition to her books, Marcia talked with us about her grandmother. No, she didn’t just tell us about her grandmother, she showed us pictures of her grandmother in Poland with her furs, in Miami Beach with her platinum blonde hair and Marilyn Monroe dress (“Dahlink, don’t I look like Kim Novak?”) and Marcia even brought her grandmother’s embroidered handkerchiefs, gloves and 1930’s purse. The fascinated anniversary celebrants asked Marcia question after question for almost an hour before she was able to slip to the back of the room to personally sign copies of her books.
On Thursday, Marcia visited my neighborhood book club, Readers in the Hood, to treat them to some of the same magic. And by the time she left town, I think she had offers for two more speaking gigs. Did I mention that in addition to running a modeling agency, she was also a corporate trainer in a prior life? No wonder she’s so at home behind a microphone!
And I do hope Marcia comes back to visit us in Northern California, really soon! If even half of her drive and energy would rub off on me, perhaps I’d finish MY book. But I might just have to take another nap, first.