Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays, fiction, and literary interviews. Her work has been published in Literary Mama, Grown and Flown, Pulse and has aired on public radio. She lives in Oakland, California. You can find her on Facebook here and on her website www.mariannelonsdale.com. Marianne’s piece, ‘I Should Have Known’, can be found in Epoch Press’ Autumn issue, ‘Transitions’, which you can purchase here.
‘Transitions’ is such an evocative theme, what compelled you to submit for this issue?
My adult daughter is transgender and I’d been writing about my experiences with her transition; so was a pretty obvious fit for the topic.
Do you have a routine for writing? If so, what is it and how has it evolved?
Finding time for writing is always a challenge. Since April 2020, when COVID precautions kept me home, I started meeting online every weekday morning with three other women. We meet on Zoom at 6:15 am each morning, touch base on our writing and our lives for fifteen minutes and then stay on and write for another hour or so. This group is very precious to me and had provided a more consistent writing practice than I’ve ever had before.
Do you find that CNF comes easy to you as a writer and/or what is challenging about it?
I write fiction and creative nonfiction and find that the creative nonfiction comes easier, I think mostly because I know what the story is. I may not initially know what scenes I will include or in what order or the final structure of the piece, but I know the general direction I’m headed in.
What is song is on repeat for you right now?
Fun question – Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen – I have a playlist with about ten different artists performing the song and love each variation.