Although travelling, I recently had the chance to briefly catch up with Alaskan author, Marianne Schlegelmilch.

Having celebrated a full and inspiring career in nursing, Marianne spends her efforts today, mainly writing. And her eight works (and counting) of AK-based children’s, mystery and fiction have already established her as an Alaskan literary fixture and one of America’s most gifted writers, with a genius for conveying vivid nature descriptions.

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Here are my five, and Ms. Schlegelmilch’s answers:

1.   Who has been your greatest influence, and how?

Greatest influence—my husband of 45 years, who is an inspiration in positivity on many levels.

2.   Which previous job/project had the most impact on you, and why?

My long career as a Registered Nurse working mostly in Critical care. But in many facets of nursing across the USA.

3.   Is there a “secret of your success”?

I am doing what I love to do. I am inherently empathetic and have always written for fun—since grade school.

4.   Is there a particular moment that had a great effect on your life or career?

There were many moments in my work as a nurse and in my personal life that have made me who I am today. I believe in the goodness in life and that good will prevail over evil of any type.

5.   When I come up to Juneau this March (2015), what are the essential things to see and do?

Everything you can cram into your visit! Especially talking to locals and visiting as many places as possible both on and off the tourist track.

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My books are stories about life

“People often ask me about the Feather series,” Marianne Schlegelmilch says, as if she is completely baffled by the interest in the focal point of her mystery stories.

“They want to know if I am ‘new age’ or psychic, or somehow spiritually drawn to a world where feathers symbolize some deep, mystic aura.”

“The truth is that the whole feather ‘thing’ began when a war veteran gave my husband—also a war veteran—a feather with a red dot painted on it and told him it would bring him peace from the war. There’s more to it that that,” she adds, “but that’s the gist of it.”

She goes on to explain that when she decided that writing mysteries might be fun, the feather seemed like a logical focal point around which she could weave her stories, and so she began with the first book in the series, Feather from a Stranger. Next came Two Tickets and a Feather, Driftfeather on the Alaska Seas, and now, Feather for Hoonah Joe.

“My books are stories about life,” she goes on to say. “They’re about the young, the old, and those in the middle of life’s journey. They cover twists and turns and strive for a balance between realism and fantasy—as if to portray life at its worst against life as we wish it could be.”

Certainly Marianne’s years as a critical care nurse have been a strong influence on her personal observations of human nature, but so, too, has her own journey.From a sheltered life in a Midwestern town to the exciting cross-country travels that she credits with forming her into the person she is today, Marianne’s writing displays a deep appreciation for nature, people, animals, and for life itself.

“My writing is the perfect culmination to a long career, a long life, and a long marriage,” she says. “It is as if I am taking a paintbrush and creating a master painting of the human condition from the perspective of my personal observations.”

With the backdrop of Alaska to her stories, and plenty of long Alaskan winters during which to write, Marianne Schlegelmilch has emerged as one of America’s most gifted writers. If you haven’t yet discovered her work, chances are that you will be discovering it soon.

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'Slugs Forever' tells story of helping one another - The Seward Phoenix Log

The Independent Living Center has a new fundraising tool – a book for young people that illustrates the challenges that one can sometimes face while living life, and the solutions to be found with help from friends and fellow travelers.

ILC serves people with disabilities in Seward and the rest of the Kenai Peninsula through information and referral, advocacy, support with daily living skills and transportation programs.

The center held a book-signing event at Seward Community Library Museum on Saturday to introduce the new book, “Slugs Forever: A tale from an Alaska Backyard.” The author and the illustrator, who donated their work on the book, were there to introduce the book and talk about ILC.

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