We would like to begin a series of profiles of the people who work to put on our successful writing conference. For the second year, Marjane Ambler will be handling publicity for the 44th Annual Conference in Dubois June 1-3, 2018. Thank you to Marjane!
I am on the board and took on the job of publicity chair for the conference. I get so much value from attending the conferences that I wanted to be sure everyone who might be interested knew about them. In addition, the viability of our organization depends upon a growing membership. The more members we have, the more services we can offer.
Where did you grow up? Siblings? Locale? Were you considered a “bookworm” or a jock? Married, single? Children?
I grew up in Englewood, Colorado, with a younger sister and brother. I was probably considered a bookworm: I started the high school writer’s group (mostly because I had a crush on our English teacher). I am married and have two step-children and two step-grandchildren.
Who are your favorite authors and favorite genres?
Currently, I am reading Mark Twain’s Roughing It. My last favorite book was The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry. I can’t wait to read more of her stuff. For lighter reading, I always enjoy Craig Johnson’s and Margaret Coel’s mysteries.
What’s your favorite way to relax and recharge? Hobbies?
I enjoy being in the out of doors hiking, taking photographs, and boating. Of course reading is another favorite way to relax and recharge. When I have emotions to process or thoughts to explore, I write.
Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
“Optimism is a political Act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.” – Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City
How long have you been writing?
I remember writing a play with my friends. I think that was in elementary school.
Where do you prefer to write? Do you need quiet, music, solitude? PC or laptop?
I prefer to use my computer or iPad to write. Quiet is nice, but … working as a journalist for 50 years has made me flexible about writing in the midst of chaos. At High Country News in the 1970s, I put a hat on backwards to notify people that I needed to concentrate.
What long-term plans do you have for your career?
I hope to write about my mother’s family based on historical research. Since she grew up in poverty, there is very limited real information to use. Consequently, I hope to write a novel.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
At this time I am on the publishing committee for a book about the history of Atlantic City, Wyoming, from 1868-2017. This involves writing, proofreading, marketing, and helping to make all the decisions that self-publishing requires. As you could guess, doing this as a committee has advantages (four heads are better than one) and disadvantages (I don’t get my way all the time).
A fun fact members wouldn’t know about you.
hmmm, after publishing a memoir, I don’t have any secrets!
How can members learn more about you?
Facebook under my name or www.marjaneambler.com.