March McCarron is the author of The Marked Series. She writes character driven fantasy and science fiction stories. She grew up outside of Philadelphia, but has relocated several times, including a three year stint as an English teacher in South Korea. In addition to writing, March is an avid traveler, a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a sore loser at Scrabble.
Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, my childhood involved a lot of reading, summer camp, and cheesesteaks. Books were often my lifeline, and I was fortunate to grow up in a house full of them.
I studied English Literature in college, focusing particularly on poetry, Victorian lit, and greek mythology. I discovered new favorites and grew more intimate with old familiars: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Oscar Wilde, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Rainer Maria Rilke, Christina Rossetti, Louisa May Alcott, Shakespeare, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
I graduated with honors in 2009. But as most Americans will remember, 2009 was not a good time to be graduating from college, particularly with a humanities degree. The next few years were tough. It took me the better part of year to find so much as a waitressing job, but lunch crowds were so thin that it made little difference. After getting married and moving across the country, I worked a job selling used cars (or, more often, I worked at not selling them). All the while I wanted to be writing, but I was creatively stuck.
At the time, I couldn't see the path in front of me. I thought I was lost. But it was because I couldn't find satisfying work that we began searching for jobs abroad. We moved to South Korea in 2012, and thus began some of the best years of my life. My world expanded. I discovered my love of Korean food, took up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and got brave. Not only did I get to travel and teach, but I had time enough to begin really writing. I published my first book, and then my second.
Now, my husband and I live in Omaha, Nebraska. He's a high school history teacher and I'm trying to make my dream a reality. Writing full time is a blessing, but it's also a lot of hard work. As an indie author, I'm both the writer and the publisher. Which means that, in addition to getting that next book written, I also have to manage marketing, formatting, research, and every other detail of this business. I'm learning as I go, and getting better all the time.
Ah, the joy of holding your own book for the first time.
Having spent much of my twenties traveling Asia, I witnessed a lot of wonderful sights. This one, on the Great Wall, might be my favorite.
What I love most about Jiu Jitsu is how it forces you to go against your natural instincts—essentially reprogramming you, body and mind.
I believe that novels serve two vital functions: they offer an escape, and they broaden our mindset.
I know that personally I've often found much-needed escape between the pages of a novel. Sometimes we need a retreat from our own thoughts. That's one of the major reasons why I've always wanted to write books myself. I love the idea of creating that escape-shuttle for other people.
But the escape fiction provides isn't mindless. Even in the pulpiest of stories, reading a book offers a glimpse into another life. It teaches us that not everyone lives and thinks as we do. That our truth isn't everyone's truth. I also believe strongly in the value of the "emotional trial run." The idea of grappling with tough emotions, like grief and suffering, but doing so in impersonal terms, so that we're better equipped to face the real thing some day.