Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi Awesome Gang! I am Marilyn Willis a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who loves to help people. I write books to help brokenhearted survivors of loss find their RESTORED lives! I have published 3 books. All three are under the RESTORED umbrella. The RESTORED Workbook has won three awards:
• GOLD MEDAL WINNER Grief / Hardship Category by Readers Favorite
• FINALIST Health: Death & Dying Category by 2020 Best Book Awards
• BRONZE MEDAL WINNER Grieving / Death Dying Category by LivingNow Book
and all three books are Amazon Best Sellers and have hit #1 in most of their categories.
When I am not writing or counseling people I am spending time with my family outdoors or traveling across the country in our RV Trailer to see this great country we live in.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
RESTORED Moments. When we are grieving finding just one restored moment feels like a breath of fresh air.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sure, doesn’t everyone? I homeschool my young children and so my writing fits into the nooks and crannies of my life. Usually, my “revelations” come in the middle of the night!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love C S Lewis, Dr Caroline Leaf, Gary Thomas, Kevin Leman, Paul Tripp, Richard Foster, Malcom Gladwell, Donald Miller, Dr Daniel Siegel….I’m sure there are more.
What are you working on now?
Just published RESTORED Moments: A Six-Day Grief Devotional this last week. I am working on a Facilitator’s Manuel to go along with the RESTORED: A Self-Paced Grief Workbook for Your Journey from Loss to Life. It is in the test phase being utilized with several grief support groups.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t get overburdened by all of the advice out there on writing and publishing. Plan out, or outline, your project then focus on the next thing you need to get done.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Advertise with Amazon….when you spend the time to learn how to do it- it works!
What are you reading now?
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis
The Lifegiving Home by Sally Clarkson
Marketing Made Simple by Donald Miller
What’s next for you as a writer?
This seems unconventional but I have a friend who is an AMAZING singer and she is recording a CD to go along with the workbook. She and I plan to create a RESTORED conference to help people survive and thrive after loss.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible. That would be all I need.