The Edmond Sun


February 20, 2007

No more suspense for local author

National publisher picks up writer’s three novels

EDMOND — Sometimes authors use their real-life experiences to create their fiction world.

That’s not the case with Edmond writer Cindy Marolt — pen name Jordan Dane — who recently sold three mystery-suspense novels to publishing powerhouse Avon/Harper Collins.

Marolt works in the oil and gas industry as a commodities trader. That may not be quite as intriguing as the stealthy, suspenseful romantic world of her fictional characters.

“I was working in a very logical, left-brain place and I needed this creative side to get out,” Marolt said.

Although she had experimented with various types of writing since childhood, it was the television show “Witchblade,” airing in 2001-02, that began her serious foray into the literary world.

Marolt began writing “fan fiction” for the show, composing online stories involving the actual characters. Eventually she made a trip to Toronto to meet the cast members and other fans, who warmly supported her work.

“I was hooked,” she said. “I was like, ‘I gotta keep doing this.’”

When “Witchblade” was canceled, Marolt began writing original fiction. She moved to Oklahoma from her native Texas in the late 1990s and looked for area writers to serve as models and mentors. That search led her to the Oklahoma City Romance Writers of America group.

After networking with other authors, entering numerous contests and winning 33 national awards, Marolt was becoming a familiar name. Oklahoma author Sharon Sala read the manuscript of her first novel, “No One Heard Her Scream” as a prize for winning one of the competitions.

“She loved it,” Marolt said.

Sala, whose pen name is Dinah McCall, hooked Marolt up with literary agent Meredith Bernstein.

Now Marolt’s first novel, plus two others — “No One Left to Tell” and “No One Lives Forever” — have been auctioned to Avon/Harper Collins. The books are scheduled for release in 2008.

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