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August 25, 2012

Former Pella resident publishes book

Pella — After four years of writing, grueling rewriting and a long road of publishing, she finally did it. Former Pella resident Ginger Marcinkowski published her first book.

She didn’t ever think she would write and publish a book, but getting her master’s in Creative Writing and interning at a press business in Canada under notable authors encouraged Marcinkowski to pursue and write the story she wanted to tell.

“There’s the book you want to write, and then there’s the book that has to be told. You’ll never get anything really written until you get the book that has to be told out. This evidently was just the story that needed to be told,” Marcinkowski said.

The book, Run, River Currents, is set in New Brunswick, Canada and is based on a true story. Starting out as a humorous tale about her mother, the book turned rather dark and tells the tale of a woman who endures family abuse and the hope and faith that was given to her by her grandfather. Without wanting to give away the ending of the book, Marcinkowski said the story is dark, but also has a hopeful ending.

“You want to give hope to people that had something awful happen in their life,” Marcinkowski said.

The setting of the book is strong and derived from Marcinkowski’s own experiences there as a child. Marcinkowski spent many childhood years in New Brunswick Canada at the home of her grandparents. The setting is intricately described so the reader can visualize the beautiful setting of New Brunswick.

“That’s the beauty of the book - it’s juxtaposed between the ugliness that went on and the beauty of the surroundings. I am a very visual writer,” Marcinkowski said.

She grew up in between Maine and New Brunswick, but later in life Marcinkowski and her husband relocated to Pella, Iowa and spent 12 years here. While in Pella, Marcinkowski worked for the Chamber of Commerce and Pathways of Pella.

“I met some wonderful people there, I can honestly say that. I have always loved a sense of place, and I believe Pella has a wonderful sense of place. It’s such a unique sense of place. They understand how to hang onto a heritage and yet grow the heritage,” Marcinkowski said.

She obtained her Bachelor’s degree through the College for Working Adults program at William Penn University and finished her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Wilkes University in September of last year. Pursuing her Master’s degree gave her the push to write like she needed to.

“I did enjoy writing but I never did it. I had never had that type of encouragement to write or to do anything creative. I was a very late bloomer. I didn’t start writing, really writing, even though it was something I wanted to do, until I was in my early 50s.” 
After writing her first book, Marcinkowski spent many hours mailing query letters and attending pitch conferences to try to get her book published. She was confident in her writing and knew she had a good story to tell.

“A writer has to take the chance no matter whose feelings are hurt. That’s part of it when you write something that’s based on truth. It’s a chance that you take, but you either do it or you don’t. And I’m very proud that I did it. And I’ll do it again,” Marcinkowski said.  

In January of this year, Booktrope replied to Marcinkowski’s query and expressed interest in publishing her book. They decided in June to publish M’s book.

“I immediately recognized that it was written by a very talented author and that her book would speak to the hearts of many individuals out there who know someone who’s suffered abuse,” Booktrope Book Marketing Manager Lori Highman commented.

 The book was just released on August 6 and M is already well on her way on working on two more books, one which she has set in Pella and hopes to have finished by the end of Summer 2013.

“One thing I love about small towns are the people and the actions of the people, just give you enough information and enough characters that you can write anything anywhere, and I love that,” Marcinkowski said.

Marcinkowski currently resides in the Southwest and works at an Iowa based company. At the first of the year, she plans on writing full-time and may teach some college courses. M will also be starting a book tour at the beginning of the year. Her book will soon be seen on the shelves at Branches Christian Bookstore in Pella.


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