Marilla Zerbert began writing for readers in 2003 with a monthly newspaper parodying general events. Rilla and her fabulous writer-friends continued the publication sporadically until 2008, when the staff disbanded to pursue other life adventures.
Into the world of Fan Fiction Rilla soon ventured, trying her hand at a modern Jane Austen/Phantom of the Opera crossover by posting chapters as she wrote. A Lyrical Persuasion quickly gained readership, far exceeding her expectations. She was more surprised than anyone when the story was completed online.
Realizing she had a knack for the serial novel, but not authentic fan fiction, she set up experimental accounts on fiction-writing sites to research the best means of targeting and keeping reading audiences in her preferred genres. Rilla began Dragonfly Prince, a serial Bildungsroman fantasy adventure, in 2009, which changed both her writing focus and her perception of herself–as a writer rather than a scribbler. She began working with other writers to hone her craft and developed a love for beta reading and editing. (She would eat manuscripts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, if she could.)
Occupation: full-time mom & home educator (Jr/Sr High), part time freelancer/blog editor, beta, and novel editor
Religion: Christian (not Protestant, not Catholic)
Some of her works currently viewable online:
A Lyrical Persuasion
(Persuasion/Phantom of the Opera crossover)
Anne Elliot met Frederik “Erik” Wentworth at 17. When she meets Erik again, he is a famous musical composer. Will love flourish again, or will she fall for her uncle’s stepson, the dashing Raoul de Chagny?
Featured by request at Jane Austen FanFiction Index
Originally Published 2011/Revised in 2015
Lyn went to the grocery store for food, not to have her future flash before her eyes. Backwards. Who meets the love of her life from ending to beginning? And then has to change her future to keep him?
Top 10% in Inkitt’s Beyond Time Contest 2015
Five Afflictions of Online Writers
A humorous guide disguised as a series of medical journal entries with the purpose of creating awareness about bad habits of online writers. Warning: it bites.
The Review Addiction
(Follow-up to Five Afflictions)
A series of articles that explores the common addiction of online writers and concludes with ‘motivational’ tips for the review-dependent.
Featured on Project Fiction as a P.F. Approved Writing Guide