Writerly Wednesday Welcomes Monica Marlowe

Welcome to Writerly Wednesday Monica Marlowe!


Finding Felicity


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Monica Marlowe was born in Toronto and later moved to Los Angeles. While in LA, Monica studied the craft of novel writing and participated in the Noel Hynd Workshop. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Now, Monica makes her home in North Carolina and divides her time between the East and West Coasts. Monica is currently writing a memoir, The Gift Horse, about acquiring her first horse and finding herself on a most unexpected path.

Finding Felicity tells the story of Madeline O’Connor, whose life is turned upside down when she learns that her estranged sister is ill, leaving Manhattan to care for her sister in Italy. Although she is consumed by work and her relationship with her sister is strained by a past betrayal, Madeline makes the journey to Europe and stays in a monastery that accommodates travelers. There, she meets Brother Anthony Lamberti, a man unlike any that she knows in
New York. Anthony and Madeline share an overwhelming love and Madeline lets down her guard to the sincerity, dignity, and strength of Anthony. From him, she learns many spiritual and emotional lessons and undergoes a complete transformation. Along the way, she also meets Tyler Reed, who adds the excitement of a love triangle to the many twists and turns along Madeline’s journey to Finding Felicity.

Today he wore a crisp white shirt that set off his olive complexion. Slim fitting jeans. His eyes seemed darker. Pools of sweet dark chocolate. Bitter – sweet dark chocolate.

His eyes widened at the sight of her.

“Oh! Hello.” Madeline was at a loss for words. Her cheeks burned at the memory of their first meeting.

“Buon giorno.” He pursed his lips, trying to conceal amusement at her obvious embarrassment.

“Well, this is quite a coincidence, isn’t
it?” Madeline was beginning to recover. Maybe staying at the monastery was not such a bad idea after all. Casually her eyes glanced at his left hand. No wedding ring. Perhaps there was a God.


1. In three days, all power will go off, everywhere for a very long time. What will you include in your author survival kit? Composition books, pens, dictionary, thesauraus, wine, candles, and the photo of my muse … the man who inspires me to smile whenever I think of him.

2. Where did the idea for the work you are promoting arise? When I was living in Los Angeles, I took myself on a
writing/spiritual retreat to a monastery just up the coast. Let’s just say one of the monks was very handsome and – well – my imagination ran away with me!

3. What do you like to read? Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit, memoirs, spiritual writing, and personal growth books. Marianne Williamson is one of my favorite authors!

4. Tell us about the most exciting place you have ever visited? Hmmm … I’d have to say that monastery in California 😉

5. What is the most mundane, day to day, thing you can share about yourself? I always lose one sock in every dryer load – how does that happen?!

From Sally – The best man at my wedding is the area Maytag Repair Man.  Yes, they really exist and the area they work is huge, laundry mats being the most needy.  He share that the sock actually sticks to the top of the washer drum area so if you have the courage to feel along that area with your hand, you might very well find the prize.  For front loading washers, the socks get into the rubber ring and again you have to feel around it.  

I don’t know how many people are going to end up in therapy but the dryer eating your socks is mostly a myth.  The washer is the bad guy.  

6. What scares you the most? Dying before I’m ready.

7. Tell us anything but keep it G rated. Have a green smoothie every day!!! Just google “green smoothie” and all kinds of
healthy recipes show up. I have one every morning and have more energy, clarity, and creativity because of it. Sometimes, I think I’m turning green!

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Keywords: Finding Felicity, Monica Marlowe, Women’s Fiction/Romance, Eternal Press, Spirituality, Italy, Monastery


By Sally

Sally Franklin Christie Blogger and Author of If I Should Die and Milk Carton People.


  1. I’m happy to hear that you find a smile at merely looking at the photo of your muse. I’ve been experiencing the same for a few years. It really does charge up the creativity because the feeling is so good. I love the idea of a monastery setting and all the transformations a person might go through in that experience, tied in with a love triangle.

    And I need to try that green smoothie! Clarity and energy are much needed. Good luck with your novel!

    Patricia Esposito

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