The “Realness” of Katie & Hawaii?  #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge2017

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Katie is “real”.

At least that’s what I’m getting from some of your comments. Dealing with a medical diagnosis, feeling alone in the world and slipping into a dark place with a desire to give up…

And if you don’t have an affinity to Katie, for some of you, maybe Hawaii is “real” for you.

I’ve tried to quietly weave some of my own Hawaian island experiences into the story and if you’ve been, hopefully they have got you reminiscing about your own travels.

When I started writing “Living To Die” as my A to Z Challenge project, my goal was to step away from writing the romantic stories to which I always gravitate.

I wanted to tackle a more serious story and explore questions and thoughts we have all had at one point in our lives:

  • If you had less than 24 months to live, what would you do?
  • Would you give up and wait to die or would you tackle everything on your bucket list?
  • Would you tell anyone or would you keep it to yourself?
  • What regrets would you have about the life you had led or the things you had done?
  • And if you had finally met the perfect man/woman, would you even bother to open up your “dying” heart to them?

These are all questions that Katie is thinking about…

In the coming months, I’ll be revising this story into a novelette/novella and all those who sign up for my mailing list HERE will receive a FREE COPY

I would for you to sign up since I’m trying to build my email list.

Enjoy your Easter weekend with family and friends!

Marquessa xoxo



“I Choose” – An Interlude With Kate #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge2017

I had indeed reached a fork in the road of my life and I was choosing to do “me” from now on…

To start from the beginning of the story, click HERE first.

All those who sign up for my mailing list HERE will receive a FREE copy of this story after it has been revised into a novella. 

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As I lay on the couch looking through the open patio doors, the curtains blew softly in the wind, bringing in the darkness as if to remind me that I should start making dinner. I loved the quietness of Maui but tonight I wanted a little music so I clicked on my cell to stream some music from my favorite station.

As I grabbed items from the fridge to treat myself to a ridiculously elaborate dinner, the first song that came on hit me like a ton of bricks. Its lyrics literally took my breath away.

Every single word resonated in my body and I must have hit replay a half dozen times before putting it on automatic replay.

I had indeed reached a fork in the road of my life and I was choosing to do “me” from now on…

Indie Arie was singing straight to me and soon I was singing right along with as I danced around the kitchenette…

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

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A To Z Challenge 2017 Update #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge2017

Happy Sunday Folks!

This quick post is to update you on the A to Z Challenge that I’ve embarked on again.

With the subject matter I chose for “Living To Die“, my brain is working overtime to gather my thoughts on how to unfold the story so that it is not too depressing and a little thought-provoking all at the same time.

I’m not as advanced as I would like to be and that is mainly because I spent wayyyyy too much time revising A, B, C and D to get them to my liking.

Yeah, #writersproblems. 🙂

I already know that I’ll be spending most of my April writing trying to keep up with my own posts.

C’est la vie, n’est-ce pas?


  • To all my fellow A to Z Challenge participants whose blogs I recently followed and/or visited, I will be back when I can. I created a special WP list just for those A To Z’ers and will be dedicating the month of May to catching up on your posts if I missed any;
  • To all my fellow A to Z Challenge participants who have started following me, I realize that my posts are longer than suggested so feel free to come back and visit me when you have time;
  • To all my fellow bloggers who I regularly follow on WP, Twitter, IG, I’ll catch up with you next month.

Oh yeah…I’ll be posting my A to Z posts the evening before they are really due.

No, it’s not because I’m an eager beaver. It’s simply because I need to copy and paste a clickable link on the A to Z Challenge website and A To Z Challenge Facebook Group forum since the organizers are using a different approach this year.

Have a great week and I hope that you enjoy Kate’s story!

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.



I Write Because… #writerwednesday #amwriting

I write because …

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I write because …

…I locked my favorite pen away many years ago and chose to forget where I kept the key. And now that I have rediscovered it, I’ll never lock it away again;

…The stories and characters that live in me need to be set free;

…I love being the puppet master to what my characters don’t say and don’t do;

…Writing is a pure and simple pleasure that simultaneously makes time stand still and the hours fly by;

…Writing soothes and quiets my soul.

I write because life is just a story and I’ve got a pen.

Why do you write? What keeps inspiring you?

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Updated from original September 6, 2015 post  – Day #1 prompt : “I Write Because…”









BLUE SUGAR UPDATE: OUR DAUGHTER’S #HairLoss #AlopeciaAwareness

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I’ve been wearing blue lipstick at times and with pretty good reason!

I shared in this space a couple of years ago, about our then 10 yr old daughter’s battle with sudden hair loss as a result of Alopecia. Blue is the awareness color for the condition and our daughter; now a 15 yr old HS student, shares her story every chance she gets.

She’s courageous. Courageous because no one would ever have to know. See she was diagnosed withAlopecia Areata where there arepatches of hair loss. Her remaining hair is thick so depending on the hairstyle, bald spots can be hidden. But now she’s getting older and experimenting with different hairstyles so newly formed bald spots are visible. As a creative being, she’s discovered thatblue lipgloss and strategically painting only one nail blue; sparks a conversation she’s ready to have.

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Writing About What You Know #writerwednesday

For those of you who blog about your daily lives, day-to-day happenings, books you’ve read or topics that you have an expertise in, naturally you are writing about what you know.

But for bloggers who write fiction, are you basing your stories on what you know and have experienced?

Are you creating your stories based on things you would like to know and do the appropriate research?

Or do you simply throw caution to the wind and totally go with your imagination?

I’m not exactly sure what genre (according to the publishing world) my fiction writing would fall into but I do know that it would involve romance, diverse characters (#diversity) and a realistic setting because I know enough to write about those things.

I could never envision myself writing about long blond haired Fabio-like muscle men who sweep down to rescue the heroine in distress like in the Harlequin books my Granny used to devour. I also wouldn’t be able to wrap my brain around writing a female lead character who could have stepped out of an episode of The Housewives of (Pick-Your-City) because I know nothing about the world of the bold, beautiful and bored.

And that’s why I can’t totally agree with the first line of that quote.

I much prefer writing about what I know and making my stories as real as I can with a little drama and twists thrown in for good measure. I love writing about locations that I can describe in detail because I’ve experienced them and about events that have happened, could actually happen in real life or that I could build on for additional oomph.

That’s my kind of fiction.

Do you write fiction? And if you do, what kind of fiction do you write?

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Originally posted on November 3, 2015


Harry’s Secret About His Wife – “Tainted Love” #fiction #TryPod

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I finished writing Part 6 of “Tainted Love” weeks ago and was satisfied with how I ended the story, letting Harry share the secret about his wife to Meg, the woman with whom he was cheating. It was a quick and dirty ending to close the loop.

Then recently, I was listening to one of Cheryl Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” podcasts where she read a letter from listener “Ashamed and Confused” (at the 25:40 mark) who just so happened to be in a similar situation as Harry.

Quite an interesting podcast.

Maybe as a future project I could flesh out Harry’s character and add to his part of his story! 

That podcast is from the same Cheryl Strayed who authored the bestselling memoir “Wild” and made into a movie. It is still on my Netflix TBW list.

By the way, if you would like access to the “Tainted Love” short fiction, you can also sign up for my mailing list here .

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As part of this March’s Podcast Awareness Month, why not check it “Dear Sugar or the other podcasts I listed in this Maybe You Like To Watch But I Prefer to Listen and Get Your Freak On .

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