FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It is my pleasure to welcome Mary Marks, author of Gone But Knot Forgotten to the blog today. I love Mary’s books and I’m honored to have her visit with us.
- When did you first decide you wanted to be an author?
Thanks for inviting me to stop in for a chat.
I toyed with the idea when I was eight years old. I also wanted to be a ballerina and a motorcycle cop. When I reached my sixties I got an itch to write a memoir about my very colorful life and equally colorful quilts. So I began taking classes in the UCLA Writers Program. Along the way I enrolled in a mystery writing workshop and realized my true ambition was to write humorous cozy mysteries.
- What is your writing schedule like?
On October first every year, I begin to write my next book. I’m committed to at least ten pages, or a chapter a week. I write the first draft on the weekend, then spend the next four days polishing and editing. On Friday I attend a workshop with some very talented writers who critique my work and send me home with even more polishing to do. On Saturday the cycle begins again. My goal is to finish each book by the end of June the following year—approximately nine months from start to finish. Then I take the summer off and give the little gray cells an opportunity to work on another book.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’d like to say I still make quilts, but that really doesn’t happen anymore. I’m more likely to be found playing hidden object computer games, reading, or watching good drama on TV.
- What is your favorite children’s book?
I grew up in a very disadvantaged home. We didn’t have books, and I was never read to. So I can’t say from personal experience that there was a favorite. But I did read to my children and kept a house full of books for them. My oldest daughter became a children’s book author, so I’d have to say that anything written by Lisa Rojany is my favorite!
- What is your favorite adult book?
Whatever I’m currently reading.
- If you were not a writer, what would you be?
I suppose I’d still be making quilts by hand.
- What is your favorite treat?
I love charoset. That’s a special food for Passover, so I make it only once a year. It’s a delicious combination of chopped dried fruits and ground raw almonds, mixed with cinnamon, honey, sweet wine and a hint of cayenne pepper.
- If you could have a meal with any author (living or dead) who would it be and what would you eat?
A really fascinating choice would be Moses. I’d like to get his take on how Judaism has evolved since he last spoke with God and wrote about it. We’d probably eat Middle Eastern cuisine, my favorite.
Thanks again Mary, for joining us today. It was wonderful to get to know a little about you.
My thoughts: Gone But Knot Forgotten is the next installment in the Marks’ quilting mystery series. And even though it is not the first book in the series, it can easily be read without have read the other books. (However, you’ll want to read the previous books because the series is a really a good read. You’ll want to know more about Martha Rose. It’s a great mystery with good friends, a nice love interest (I keep trying to get a really good picture of Crusher in my mind and what I keep getting is something like a cross between Matthew McConaughey and red headed Trace Adkins, but I digress) and interesting information about some of America’s Founding Mothers. After reading this book I have an urge to go read some of the women from the American Revolution. Overall, this is a quick read that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. I strongly recommend you add this book and the others in the series to your standing TBR list – you know – the list of books that move up to the top of the list as soon as they are published. You won’t regret it.
Gone But Knot Forgotten
by Mary Marks
…a wonderfully crafted mystery. Ms. Marks takes us through a sleuthing at a perfect pace. There were more twists and turns than a quilt has stitches.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
The author does a great job with her scenes and the story line you will be pulled into the story right away and feel like you are helping Martha in her search for results.
~Bab’s Book Review
This book is interesting on so many levels. As you read, keep the title in mind and see how many ways it relates.
This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it the whole way through.
~Melina’s Book Blog
I love these characters! They feel like real people, not caricatures of a certain type of person. Everyone I’ve met has a group of characters they wish could step off the page, and hang out with them.
~Student Of Opinions
I love cozy mysteries and Gone but Knot Forgotten did not disappoint me. It was very good and I loved the characters.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner
…the mystery is excellent and there are so many bits and pieces that it was really fun to watch them all come together.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library
Martha was so likable, and a super strong character! I am excited for the next book in the series!
~A Year of Jubilee Reviews
I really enjoy Martha and the regular cast of characters in this series.
Marks creates realistic, likable characters readers can relate to. The characters’ interaction quickly draws readers in and the suspense holds them pinned to the pages until the very end.
~Thoughts In Progress
Gone But Knot Forgotten
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
E-Book ASIN: B00QDYVA38
Sorting through the estate of a wealthy recluse may sound like a fascinating task, but when the skeletons in the closets turn out to be real, Martha and her quilting pals wish they’d stuck to basting and batting. . .
Martha Rose is stunned when she hears that her best friend from high school has passed away. Her shock doubles when she learns that Harriet Oliver made her the executor of her estate. But when investigators determine that Harriet was murdered, Martha recruits her fellow quilters to help find the culprit. She’s mastered the art of piecing together blocks to create intricate quilts, but piecing together her friend’s murder will prove far more challenging. . .
About the Author
Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com.