Interview with Marcia Gloster

Interview with Marcia Gloster @marciagloster #AuthorInterview

What genre do you write and why?

Is there a genre for difficult relationships? If so, that is mine.

My first book was a memoir. I Love You Today is both historical and women’s fiction. The book I’m writing now is fiction, sort of a ghost story. Everything book seems to start with a trigger, and I go where the story takes me. But there is always that thread.

Interview with Marcia Gloster @marciagloster #AuthorInterview

Tell us about your latest book.

I Love You Today is the story of Maddie Samuels, a young woman who comes to New York in the mid-1960s with the dream of being art director. Through sheer stubbornness and perseverance, she finds a job at a magazine, not as a secretary, but as an assistant to the charismatic and seductive art director, Rob McLeod. Although she has no intention of dating her married boss, she is soon drawn into his world and a tangled web of relationships. Told in two voices, the novel unfolds over five years. As they move from New York to London, Maddie and Rob peel back the patina on their seemingly glamorous Mad Men world and ultimately reveal the truths and lies they tell one another, and themselves.

Who are your favourite authors?
Milan Kundera, Stephen King, and Jean Paul Sartre

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers? 

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I became a writer quite unexpectedly. While shopping in Manhattan in 2011, I heard a song that triggered long-buried memories from when I was 20 and a student at Rhode Island School of Design. That last summer before graduation I studied painting at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision in Salzburg, Austria. It was a month that changed my life forever, and what happened in that shop at that moment in time led me to write my first book, 31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction.

How do you research your books?
Reading books relevant to or about the era I’m writing about is useful for background. Google and its image search are great for researching specific details. For 31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction, which is about my summer in Salzburg in 1963, I traveled to Austria and England to speak with people who had been there. For I Love You Today, I contacted old friends and colleagues who had also lived and worked in the Mad Men era. In both cases I sought out those who had memories of the time that would augment my own.

Interview with Marcia Gloster @marciagloster #AuthorInterview
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
I Love You Today is a story about complicated relationships. It is a wrenching love story. It offers an intimate look at life in 1960s New York, and an inside look at the publishing and advertising in the Mad Men era. And because I lived and worked in that time, the book has a historical perspective that isn’t fictional.

Who designed the cover?
It was a cooperative effort between the publisher and me. Being a book designer has its benefits!

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I’m not writing, I’m usually reading or painting.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?


  1. I read this book and really enjoyed it so learning more from your interview was great. WOW! Music and shopping was the catalyst to begin her writing interesting!

  2. Nice post.Thank you so much for sharing this post.


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