Today we welcome Marlayna Glynn Brown to the blog. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and has lived in Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas. She’s currently traveling and says she lives “wherever I lay my head.”
Enjoy this interview.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I’ve been able to write. I’ve been an avid journalist since I was 11, and wrote my first short story about the Black Plague at that time. Interestingly enough, Black Plague survivors in Modling built a monument to the Holy Trinity due as a sign of thanks for sparing them. I jog past this monument every day.
My latest book, Big As All Hell And Half Of Texas, is the third and final volume to my memoir trilogy. My first memoir explores my experience of a child of alcoholics surviving a dangerous and turbulent childhood. The next two memoirs, City of Angeles and Big As All Hell, tell the tales of an ill-prepared adult navigating her way through adulthood.
I would like readers to walk away with a better understanding of the challenges some of us face by experiencing some of the more difficult topics I address including abuse, violence, addiction, divorce, single parenthood and depression.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I am currently writing a humorous, humbling and honest account of traveling solo as a forty-plus female. My goal in experiencing travel from this perspective is to say yes to everything that comes my way. So far that has included eating raw sea snails from the hand of a naked Croatian war vet at a nude beach and accepting a date with a man half my age.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am an avid runner. I don’t run fast but I run far, preferring long trails where I can lose myself in my thoughts. I prefer to run alone, in silence and near darkness. It’s where I come up with some of my best thoughts about my writing.
Care to share a link to a favorite blog post?
This is a shot from Drasnice, Croatia where I wrote City of Angeles this past summer. I love this post because the moment I shot this photograph was so beautiful and while I took the shot the Talking Heads song kept running through my head.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
That’s a difficult question – I was an avid reader as a child and a literature major so I have read many books. I happened to really enjoy The Unbearable Lightness of Being primarily because I related to all three of the main characters in the story: Tomas, Tereza and Sabina.
What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?
I am very thankful for the variety of life experience I’ve had, and continue to have. If not for the strange people I’ve known in my life, I would have never learned to study people. If I hadn’t learned to study people, I would not have developed such an interest in why people do the things they do. It was this mode of thinking that led me to discovering my interest in non-fiction writing. People can be so strange, and wonderful and cruel, and I like nothing more than to capture honest character portrayals in my memoirs.
Where can we learn more about you?