December 9, 2013

12 days of writers - no. 5: elizabeth marx

Blogger's Note: Welcome to the 12 Days of Writing, Change the Word's annual December celebration. After two years of sharing writing tips, this year, I'm sharing 12 writers with you. For the first three weeks of December, you'll have a chance to meet 12 wonderful women and learn about their favorite holiday traditions.

Elizabeth Marx kicks off the second week of the 12 Days of Writers. She's one of the writers I have had an opportunity to get to know better this year, and I'm glad. She's a big cheerleader for fellow writers, committing time every day to promoting authors and bloggers on social media. Also a lover of Christmas, Elizabeth shares some wonderful holiday stories - and the answer to her favorite gift actually made me tear up. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about Elizabeth.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Christmas is huge at our house and we decorate the entire first floor of our house with three trees, swags of garland, and twinkle lights. Decorating the family room Christmas tree is my favorite tradition. My daughter and I worked about six hours to fill this 15-foot big boy with ornaments that I’ve collected since I was a young adult. Every year I buy my girls special glass ornaments that represent something they enjoy or accomplished that year and I put the year on the bottom of them so when they have their own first Christmas tree they’ll have a nice collection of special ornaments with memories.

What is a must-have eat or treat this time of year?
I make a wicked maple nut fudge. My girls like chocolate fudge with or without nuts and I make that too. We also construct gingerbread houses; this year we’re doing a carousel, a house, a train, and gingerbread people!

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
After I knew my husband for about a year, but before we were engaged, I had an old crappy car. I was a single mom and I had a daughter to get across town to daycare and the crummy car was my only mode of transportation. My car finally conked out on me and I was really going to suffer without it. My then “boyfriend” had a nice red sports car, which he worked really hard to pay for, it was the first car he bought for himself after finishing college and he loved that car. So my car dies and I need another car and I can’t afford one, so my “boyfriend” sells his expensive sports car and buys me a new little car and himself the cheapest car he can find. That was a gift that I’ve carried with me my entire adult life, knowing that there is always one person I can count on no matter what life brings. All these years later, that gift still humbles me and I cherish that gesture of unconditional love to this day.

What is your favorite holiday read and watch?
My favorite read would be Scrooge, I think because I’m a big believer in the power of change, second chances, and the difference one person can make in the world. This year’s favorite holiday movie would have to be a toss up between Snow Bride and The 12 Men of Christmas; they’re both chick lit Christmas movies.

What’s one New Year’s resolution you’re making for 2014?
My New Years resolution is to have more balance between my work and home life. I have spent the last two years working about 60-70 hours a week and it’s just too much time away from my girls. My daughter is a junior in high school and she’s probably going to go to the east coast for college, so I want to spend as much time with her as I can before she’s gone.

Laura, thanks so much for interviewing me about Christmas, especially since it’s my favorite time of the year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

About the Author
Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.

Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she’s not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs.

Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.

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  1. Great post, Elizabeth and Laura! Elizabeth, you've been one of the most supportive writers in our community and I'm so grateful for your kindness! I enjoyed reading about your traditions. So impressed with the work you put in decorating your home! Got teary reading the car story. Will definitely be joining you in the effort to better balance work and home life. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Another great post, ladies!! LOVE those pictures, Elizabeth. That is one beautiful tree! :)
    I have to admit I also got teary reading the car story! So sweet. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

  3. What a great post. I had no idea you were such a Christmas enthusiast, E. Nice to learn more about you! Merry Christmas! xo

  4. Three Christmas trees, Miss Elizabeth? You are so over the top fun and festive for the holidays! If your daughter ends up going to school in New England, you must let me know so we can get together!

  5. What a wonderful story about the car! And, wow, three trees! Love the tradition of getting new ornaments for your daughters. That will make their holidays so special for them! Wish I could stop by for some of that fudge!