In death she found life.Florence Sterling should be perfectly happy. She’s been given a second chance at life with her beloved husband. But all is not well. She yearns for more children, even though Alex is reluctant. Memories of the day she and her baby were murdered still haunt her. And she can’t shake the feeling she will be separated from Alex again.
As if in confirmation of her premonition, Alex is called on a dangerous mission to enlist America’s aid in WWII. Trying to distract herself, Florence investigates what really happened when her son died. As she searches, she becomes convinced her son is alive, although witnesses say otherwise. And with each clue she discovers, she unwittingly draws closer to her old enemy—the deranged woman who will stop at nothing to destroy her.
When Alex goes missing in action, Florence must reach deeply into her faith as she faces her greatest fears. If Alex is lost to the war, will she allow herself to love another man and fulfill her desire to have a family? Or will she remain alone the rest of her life?
Name / Pen name & little about yourself:
Marcia was born and raised in Argentina during the military regime which ended with the loss of many young lives in the invasion of the Falkland Islands. Amidst the devastating effects of military government and war, reading and writing became a passion which expanded and transported her imagination with the possibility of a brighter future.
At the age of eighteen, she moved to the United States, where she studied English and started her own family. She soon discovered that the love she has for her husband and children would naturally unfold towards her European roots, leading her to become a genealogist and family historian. A decade of searching, compiling, and learning the stories of thousands of people has instilled in her a profound gratitude for the strong ties that can be achieved in families through personal sacrifice.
So it is that through fiction, Shadows of Time duology (Awaken, Shadows of a Forgotten Past and Alive, Shadows of a Living Past) explores and exposes the characteristics of true love and loyalty in times of fear, war, and finally, death. But perhaps the most captivating element in the story is the battle within the souls of the main characters as they search to know who they really are and how they are connected.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing short stories when I was about eight years old. I didn’t think much about being a professional writer then, rather I loved writing. When the idea for Awaken came to mind, I started to write the story, and fell in love with it—so I became a writer.
What genre are your books? and what made you write in that genre?
I love writing a combination of genres. Awaken and Alive are a mixture of romance, mystery, time travel, and action with a supernatural twist. The story that came to my mind had these elements in it.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I started to write Awaken in 2012. I was 35.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
The idea for Awaken and Alive came as I worked on an Italian line for a family history project. I wondered what would happen if “this or that” were to take place in real life, and the idea just came.
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
Awaken took me a few years to write since I was doing it for fun and didn’t have much time to work on it. Awaken’s sequel took me about nine months.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written three novels (one is not published yet). My favorites are Awaken and Alive.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
I take a break from the manuscript. Sometimes a day is enough, other times I need a week or two.
Have you done any collaborations with other writers?
What do you think of reviews?
I think reviews help authors to become better at writing. Through reviews we learn what works in our writing and what doesn’t.