Marilynn grew up in a solid Christian home, coming to Christ at the age of 7. She has been actively involved in Church life since age 10, including activities such as joining her Mom and sister in singing special numbers, choir, teaching Sunday School, leading Sunday School open session, planning Sunday School lessons, and more. Marilynn attended both public and private schools growing up. She attended North Island Community College on Vancouver Island and Trend College in Kelowna, obtaining certificates in receptionist work and Comptia A+ computer repair.
Throughout her life, Marilynn has written poetry and published in the American Poetry Anthology(two issues). She’s also written numerous unpublished articles on end-time eschatology, written unpublished short stories, word studies and more.
Marilynn lives with her two teenagers, cat and gerbil, in Kelowna BC Canada. Her day job sees her fix computers and engage in multimedia for her church. In the evenings and on weekends she’s a soundtech doing various events through the year from funerals to workshops to concerts and weddings. Marilynn sings in the choir and sang on her church’s praise teams for several years.
What inspires you to write?
Issues, working through personal discoveries and revelations, and answering “What does God say about. . . ” questions all inspire me to write. The written word is how I express myself best.
Tell us about your writing process.
Most of what I write is non-fiction. I do write fiction occasionally, but nothing published outside the snippets that show up in my series, “Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey”. Outlines are helpful, but not always used or used in almost reverse order – meaning, what I write gets categorized later instead of beforehand. Occasionally I begin with an outline when I know what I want to say where, but not always. I find myself creating text files of notes, thoughts, Scriptures, etc. and pulling them together into the document I’m working on as I go.
Being a bit on the technical side due to my day job as a computer repair technician, and possibly due to having some background in administration and organization as well, I find that once I’m past the initial rough draft stage, that editing not only encompasses the words I wrote, but how they will ultimately look on the page. The formatting and editing progress concurrently from that point on.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t let fine details get in the way of your initial rough draft. Get that down. Let the creativity and the words flow. Go back and edit once that first messy round is done! When you go back to what you wrote, don’t let that first draft get you down. Ideally do this on the computer so you can cut and paste paragraphs where they should have gone, or into a separate document until you locate where they would flow better in your text. Don’t be afraid to have multiple documents going at the same time, just be careful how you name them so that you know what is in each one just by looking at it’s title. Don’t be afraid to have multiple documents open on your screen at any one time. Unless your computer is from the dark ages, it can handle it. Use the task bar to switch between them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Affordability, terms and conditions, and desired placement of my books once printed were the deciding factors for me. I couldn’t afford many of the self-publishing places online, nor did I feel my writing style would be a match for many of the traditional publishing houses. I wanted my book available on Amazon, and I wanted full control and maintain full rights to my work. Eventually I settled on Createspace, as their ownership clause was easier to deal with than that of Lulu’s, and the price was right. They bundle the cost of printing into the base price of each book sold. Publishing with Createspace also means i can use my own publishing imprint name with my own ISBN numbers, and gets me into Amazon immediately.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing is a great way to tell others what’s on your mind apart from blogging. Traditional publishers are still publishing books, and sometimes indie authors get scouted after their work has been seen by a traditional publisher’s editors. But indie publishing has opened the door to others like myself who want to release a well-edited work, but don’t have the ability to go any other way.
What genres do you write?
Christian non-fiction, spiritual life,
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print