Marie Sarantakis Author Bio:
Marie Sarantakis is a practicing divorce attorney in Illinois and Wisconsin. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and her juris doctorate degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. During the early parts of her career, Sarantakis interned for the Illinois Supreme Court, Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office, and Kenosha County Public Defender Office. She is currently President of Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd., a family law firm, and Adrikos, LLC, a divorce coaching practice.
What inspires you to write?
I find writing to be a very cathartic process. Whenever my mind is clouded with a flurry of ideas about a particular topic, I dump my thoughts onto paper. Later, I dissect and organize them in a more meaningful way. It's incredibly satisfying to see your ideas in a tangible form.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do not proactively outline my writing in advance. If I'm too structured, I risk losing my creative energy. Rather, I sit down and write about what I am inspired by in that particular moment. I then re-read my work several times and often move around large sections at a time until I figure out what works best. It's not unusual for me to delete substantial portions of my work. When I published my last book, I discarded about 1/3 of the manuscript before publication.
Who are your favorite authors?
Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of reading very much these days. I'm an attorney and manage a law practice. I work seven days a week and usually start very early in the morning and call it quits extremely late at night. I'm hoping to scale back in the coming months in order to be able to enjoy a greater work-life balance. When I did have the opportunity to read, I always enjoyed non-fiction. The particular subject matter would vary, but I'm consistently trying to improve myself and learn new things.
What genres do you write?
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
I write about what I know and what I think others are interested in learning about. My latest book is on getting through a divorce with someone who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder ("NPD"). I quickly learned that there are many misconceptions about NPD. More importantly, I realized that once the non-narcissist spouse better understood what they were up against, they were able to make better decisions on how to proceed in the legal proceedings and also speed up the healing process.
What three things are on your writing desk at any given moment?
(1) Lit candle (2) Cup of coffee and (3) BIC Velocity blue ink pens.
What hobbies do you have when you need a break from writing?
I love puppies, shopping, traveling, dining out, fast German cars, and a vintage bourbon.
What formats are your books in?
All information is provided by the author and is presented as it was submitted so you the reader get to hear the author’s own “voice” in their interview.