About Rilla

Marilla Zerbert began writing for readers in 2003 with a monthly newspaper parodying general events. Rilla amountainrilland 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
Nationality: American
Religion: Christian (not Protestant, not Catholic)

Some of her works currently viewable online:

A Lyrical Persuasion
(Persuasion/Phantom of the Opera crossover)
Published 2007
Summary:
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

Earth Trolley
Originally Published 2011/Revised in 2015
Summary:
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
Published 2008
Summary:
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)
Published 2011
Summary:
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

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32 thoughts on “About Rilla”

  1. Hi, I just nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. I was nominated for it recently and you’re one of my nominations (http://sallypanayiotou.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/the-versatile-blogger/ ) Congrats!

    The rules of this nomination are as follows.

    1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Pass this award along to 15 others.
    4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award

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  2. Hello!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, but I now see you have already been nominated. Whoops! Oh, well, I’m still putting your blog on my recommended list! Of course, information about the rules (which are really simple) can be found here: http://carrierubin.com/2012/01/30/the-versatile-blogger-award-pour-moi/

    Yes, these awards are a bit “chain letter”ish, but I gather it is a nice way of letting others know you enjoy their blog, as I do yours! So go forth with it as you see fit, but thank you for sharing your insights with the world!

    Carrie

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  3. It is great to know that you started and gained audience through fanfiction. Very reassuring for aspiring writers! Do you still have the links to those works? It would be nice to know and thank you for following! 🙂

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    1. Hi, Maria! You’re welcome! It’s always a pleasure to find a blogger with a love for the classics and their brilliant authors. I’ve contemplated posting links to the works I’ve left up. (Most of them I’ve taken down in hopes of polishing them up and submitting them.) I think I’ll follow your advice and post links soon. Thanks!

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  4. Hello Rilla,

    Thanks for the follow! Dragonfly Prince sounds like it will be an interesting read. Your blog is very cool! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  5. I love your blog, pic, and scribbling heart. Been going through past posts and smiling. Never give up internal expression through external words. For a writer, sometimes a simple story explains one’s complicated heart best…I’m learning this through trial, error, and writer’s block. One day the walls will crumble, I truly believe, so I keep trying to form words and seek the right project. Anyway, I have a new blog that I’m actually updating. Yay. Grace and peace be with you!

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    1. “…sometimes a simple story explains one’s complicated heart best…” So true! Thanks for the encouragement. I know you will find the words that communicate the thoughts of your heart! You know I love how you express yourself. Kisses!

      Where is your new blog?

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