Happy St. Patrick's Day. My two guests for March are Mara Moran Bishop and John Schembra.
Marta Moran Bishop is the product of three generations of women writers. Their legacy to her was an inquisitive mind and a joy of writing and reading.
She states "I learned that one needed to have a plot and conversation to move the story forward from a particularly bad play I wrote at the age of six. It was the worst play ever written or performed. It was so awful my mother stopped the production after about three minutes."
She currently lives on a small farm in Massachusetts with her husband, three horses, cats and a conure parrot named Beau. They help her remember to view the world through a child's innocence and keep her young and imaginative.
John Schembra spent a year with the 557th MP Company at Long Binh, South Vietnam in 1970. Upon completing his military service, John joined the Pleasant Hill Police Department, where he retired in 2001 as a Sergeant, after 30 years of service.
His time as a combat M.P. provided the basis of his first book, M.P., A Novel of Vietnam, a work of fiction based in part on his personal experiences. His second novel Retribution, a fictional story of the hunt for a serial killer in San Francisco, was published in the spring of 2007, and his third novel Diplomatic Immunity, was published in 2012. His fourth novel, Sin Eater, was released in 2016 and his fifth book, Blood Debt, was released in November of this year. A sixth book, An Echo of Lies, is at the publisher undergoing editing, and John is hard at work on his seventh book, What goes around. John lives in Concord, CA with Charlene, his wife of 47 years.