Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Online Friends & Writers Series – Marvin D Wilson

Online Friends & Writers Series – Marvin D Wilson
Today I have the pleasure of hosting Marvin Wilson. Frankly, he intrigues me, he has a generous heart, and is an old-school gentleman. This is what you'll find on his bio: I am an old Hippie rock and roller, a non-religious, dogma free, Maverick spiritualist Christian. I am an author, with the audacity to write novels. My friends, he's more than that, and his new book looks sensational – it's on my to be read list :)
Tena koe, Marvin. E nga iwi o te ao katoa. Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai — to the people of the whole world. Welcome, welcome, welcome.
Tell us why you love writing, and sell your book/yourself to us.
I hate writing. I only do it for all the money it makes me. Well, that and all the women. What with all the fame and fortune, the sex is righteous good. All seriousness aside, my books ... you probably wouldn’t like them at all. They are merely platforms on which to deliver non-preachy spiritual and inspirational messages, having plots laced with suspense, intrigue, romance, twists and turns, stories told in a bold and direct style of real-world, tell-it-like-it-is candor, the whole shebang weaved together into a colourful, velvet tapestry of a tall tale. So really—I just can’t ‘sell’ me or my books. I’m a course and vulgar cad, and the books are just fictitious tripe. Besides, as you can see, I have no sense of humour at all.
If you could travel back in time and talk to yourself, what age would you be and what would you say?
I’d go back to when I was a sperm. You see, I always wanted to have a twin, and, well ... poor Melvin, he didn’t make it in the Big Race. But it wasn’t his fault he couldn’t keep up. After all, back in the cervix I was Semen First Class!
Okay, I stole that last line from Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar! For real, though, I would like to talk to the man I was when I fell into deep depression over a marriage on the rocks and a business failure that led to bankruptcy. I went down a self-pitying, shortcut-to-dead-end pleasure-seeking path of alcohol abuse and deadly narcotics addiction. It nearly killed me, ruined me beyond anything I’d thought possible in my life. I’d ask that man to buck up, man up, and rectify his life the long, rough, hard, but right way. If it were not for family coming to my rescue and the Grace of God—I had a powerful spiritual experience, where I met the Christ—I’d surely no longer be here on this plane of existence. I wrote about this in my first book, I Romanced the Stone (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie)
If you had the opportunity to talk to high school students, what would you talk about and why?
I would encourage them to develop a passion for reading, for absorbing knowledge, to make sure they understand basic math, geometry, and building techniques. And also to learn the mature art of ‘delayed gratification’. This generation is growing up so addicted to high-speed, sensationalism-oriented entertainment and cyber-fed-shortcut information that I fear the ability to ‘be still and know that I am God’ is atrophying to the point of next to impossible. If the internet ever crashes—and don’t think for one second that is not only a distinct possibility, but rather a high probability, the odds of which increase every day as the global community marches inexorably toward a worldwide conflict of Biblical Apocalyptic proportions—then we’ll be cast into dark ages without a clue how to write, do simple math in our heads, or bake an apple pie.
There are moments in my life that I’ll never forget, the images are fixed in my mind and the emotions are vibrant and telling. It’s these moments that define who I am, can you share a defining moment in your life?
Yes. When I first held my firstborn child in my arms—I realized that my life would never be the same, and that I would lay down my own life if need be to protect that precious being. Raising a family—those twenty or so years of parenting—was the greatest extended life experience so far for me. A close second was the serendipitous, wild and free Hippie Days. I’d not trade that decade and a half of being a travelling Rock and Roll musician for anything—except, having the family.
What’s on your bucket list that would surprise your family and friends?
I’d like to learn to fly an airplane. Been saying it for decades, and by now they probably think I’ve given up on the idea, but ... doggone it, I still just gotta do it! Also, I want to go on an African safari—the real thing, with just a few swashbuckler types and a savvy native guide, not some namby-pamby watered down tourist thing. Roughing it into the deep, wild regions of inner Africa. Wow. Oh yeah, and I want to take a month-long boat ride down the Amazon, stopping here and there to camp over with indigenous tribal peoples.
And, because we love them, do you have a ghost/supernatural story to share?
Once, when I was doing formal Zen training under the tutelage of Korean Zen Master Samu Sunim, I had an out-of-body experience. I actually hovered over myself and the meditation room, able to see my body and all the other students sitting there on the mats. I wasn’t frightened, it all seemed so natural. And the vision expanded—my consciousness blew out the walls and ceiling and I could see the whole region outside of the temple. I don’t know how long it lasted, it was a timeless experience, but when the session-ending bell sounded I was instantaneously back in my body, fully alert and awakened.
Where's Marvin?
You can find Marvin at his Free Spirit Blog, follow him on Facebook and twitter, and visit his Amazon author's page to buy his books. You'll find book reviews here, and check out his cool book trailers. Marvin's also on the editors staff of all All Things That Matter Press and for a quote on editing, contact Marvin at:
Marvin, thanks for visiting :)
Disclaimer: Marvin didn't bring his guitar over and play at my step-daughter's twenty first party, he hasn't edited my WIP, or delivered a truck load of organic compost for my garden, but he does make me smile, so don't be shy, good friends, and leave a comment and say hi :)
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  1. Great interview, Simon and Marvin! It was great to learn a little more about Marvin, who has had such an incredible life.

  2. Hey Simon - thanks for this feature post, and Wow! - what a nice layout and job of it! Hope you're having a great time visiting our fair country. I'll be stopping in here a few times to interact with readers. Chow, dude!

  3. This was a rocking fun interview. I particularly like the bit about riding down the Amazon. Great stuff.

    PS. I did a fill-in teaching gig a little while back and boy do kids need to start reading.

  4. As one of the authors whose books are published by All Things That Matter Press, I have to say that Marvin is both a good guy and a fine author. Glad to have him as a mate.

  5. Paper Cut - thanks, and yes - good grief, finding a kid these days that can read, write, and do simple math is getting harder and harder, hmm?

    Ken - Appreciate the kind words, and proud to be a colleague of yours at ATTMP, too!

    Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by! I'll be over at your fine blog today, too. :-)

  6. Just what I like: interviews with just the right touch of humor! Way to go, Marvin.

  7. Hey Sal - from one good ol' jokester to another, appreciate 'er, dude! ;-)

  8. Marvin, thanks for stopping by. I'm having a great time in beautiful NY State - it's cold! Aussie blood a little thin.

    Thank you to everyone else for commenting. The writing community is great!

  9. Hi Marvin. Great interview, Marvin and Simon. You're one of a kind, Marvin!

  10. Simon, lol - yeah I can only imagine, probably got your sweater on fo sho, eh bud?

    Helen, thanks - it takes one of a kind to know one of a kind, hmm? (wink)

  11. Awesome interview! What a funny guy (and I'm not talking about his looks). I've already learned a lot from this man when he helped me through the editing process with my latest book, and by reading his writer-friendly blogs. The more I learn about him as a person, the more I realize there is to learn from him.

  12. Marvin, This was just what I needed! Such great humor and wit. Enjoyed the interview very much. You are truly an amazing man.

  13. Jeff - What!? ME funny looking? LOL, hey thanks man for the visit and complimenting comment!

    MMarie - thanks for the kind words. And glad you enjoy good humour! :)

  14. Marvin sounds like a hoot! What a fun interview, thanks.