Interview: Marilyn Randall

Marilyn Randall has an extensive background in the graphic design industry. Her art background is varied, including business logo design, printing design, silk screened shirt design and miscellaneous mediums for her paintings and illustrating. She published her first anthology book of poetry and prose in 2009 titled My Heart And Soul, following soon after she published six children’s books which she has both written and illustrated.

Her newest book and first fiction novel is Quicksand. She is currently working on her seventh children’s book which she plans to release in the summer of 2010.

Enjoy this interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

Originally from Oregon, I reside on Whidbey Island in Washington State, which is near Seattle. I have been writing poetry since I was a small child.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

My book is called my Heart And Soul and it is a collection of poetry, prose, letters and prayers that are a direct reflection of the emotions and events of my life. I hope some will be inspired to read about some of my struggles and how I was able to recover and re-gain my life. Difficult issues have never held me down for long because I have a strong faith and I hope readers will relate and find their strengths through reading this book.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I am currently working on my seventh children’s book, which will be released in the summer of 2010. I plan to start my second novel within the next month.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

The bible, the AA Big Book and The twelve step Book.

Favorite authors?

Ann Rule. I love the way she reaches into the psychology of the criminal mind and gives her readers an in depth look at what might make the criminal mind function as it does.

Book you’re currently reading?

Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue: An American Life.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

I write whenever the inspiration strikes me. I try to write each day, but that is not always possible with the schedule I have now.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

I believe it exists for some people, but I’ve never experienced it. I enjoy going to places in my mind where I can create and let the creativity just flow, but not everyone can do that all of the time. I love to do art projects, designs for all sorts of mediums as well as write and illustrate so I am always busy creating something.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

I think a successful writer is a writer who can influence people for the good of the individual or mankind as a whole. Whether it be telling a story, sharing an experience or belief, if another person is influenced in a positive way, then a writer has been greatly successful.

Advice for other writers?

I would rather hear what they have to offer me.

Where can we learn more about you?

On my web site at www.marilynrandall.com, on Facebook or at amazon.com under author’s corner. There is a lot of information about me available on Google as well, but the best source is to go to the biography tab on my own website.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I appreciate the chance to answer these questions and share a little about who I am and what I do. I am so grateful for being able to share my books with everyone and I hope everyone will enjoy reading My Heart and Soul.

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