It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Marie Sarantakis, author of How to Divorce a Narcissist and Win.
About Marie Sarantakis:
Marie Sarantakis, Esq. is a prominent family law attorney, bestselling author, and nationally recognized divorce coach. As a high-profile litigator, she is intimately familiar with how narcissistic personality disorder impacts a divorce case and how to gain a strategic advantage in the courtroom. As a coach, she helps those who are recovering from narcissistic abuse find their joy and purpose.
Ms. Sarantakis is the Founding Attorney of Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd. (www.sarantakislaw.com) and the President of Adrikos, LLC (www.adrikos.com). She obtained her juris doctorate degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois and bachelor’s in political science and philosophy from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- Marie Sarantakis was recognized as a Top 10 Family Law Attorney by Attorney & Practice Magazine.
- She has been awarded Rising Star designation as a Super Lawyers of Illinois by Thomson Reuters and featured in Chicago Magazine for four consecutive years.
- She has also been named as one of the Top 10 Best Female Attorneys in Illinois by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
To learn more about Marie Sarantakis, visit www.mariesarantakis.com.
About How to Divorce a Narcissist and Win:
There is only one thing more difficult than being married to a Narc: Divorcing one.
You thought you married your soulmate, but it was ‘til Narc do you part. The first step in dismantling your opponent in the courtroom is knowing what you are up against. Knowledge is power. By getting into the Narc’s mind you can predict their next move and outsmart them at every turn.
Leading divorce attorney Marie Sarantakis will teach you not only how to survive your divorce but thrive in rebuilding your world thereafter. The first step starts with the first page.
Out of the Narc’s darkness, you will discover your light.
How to Divorce a Narcissist and Win is a comprehensive guide that will teach you how to:
- Understand the Narc’s twisted mind
- Unpack your toxic relationship
- Save time and money in divorce court
- Obtain a more favorable settlement
- Heal from the aftershocks of narcissistic abuse
- Transform into a more powerful version of yourself
Author Interview with Marie Sarantakis:
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- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I talk to so many people who are bright, talented, and have an incredible story to share. They say that one day they want to write a book. The problem is that they are waiting for the perfect time. The perfect time will never come. You just have to begin where you are. Even if you can only spare a half hour per day – start.
- Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
While I wrote a book about how painful it is to deal with a narcissist, there is a certain type of self-love that is beneficial for authors (and everyone for that matter). In order to succeed in anything you do, you have to be confident and, to some extent, promote your accomplishments. There is nothing wrong with a little ego so long as your self-interest is not at the expense of others.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Cover art. While I have always designed my own websites and considered myself to be somewhat of an artist, I knew that I didn’t have the skill set requisite to be able to design my own cover. It’s such a nuanced art. Despite what they tell you, everyone judges a book by its cover.
- How many hours a day do you write?
I try to write one to two hours per day. I am a divorce attorney by trade and often work very long hours. Most of my writing occurs when I am done with my legal work so I usually sit down at my laptop starting around 1:00 a.m. every night. Fortunately, I’m a night owl, so it works well.
- What is your favorite childhood book?
The Polar Express.
- What book is currently on your bedside table?
- What do you like about audiobooks?
I used to spend a significant number of hours on the road each day as a lawyer. Audiobooks were a great way to pass the time in traffic.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Go out to eat with my German Shepard, Athena. We are both foodies.
- What’s your favorite food?
- Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
Before I wrote books, I used to model on the covers. I appeared on the United Kingdom version of a Danielle Steele novel.
To learn more about Marie Sarantakis, here’s where you can connect with her:
- Website: www.mariesarantakis.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marieksarantakis
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariesarantakis/
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariesarantakis/