Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Author Bio/Marion Sinclair Simpson/Christian Author
Marion was born in Scotland into a family of six children. Four girls and two boys. Marion has been writing since the age of four when she received her first toy typewriter as a Christmas gift.
Words have always been her passion. Using those words to inform and entertain others was always her true destiny. Making a difference with her gift for words brings her true fulfillment and joy.
Marion emigrated from the United Kingdom, to Canada with two young sons in tow. In Canada her family expanded by one more son and a daughter, bringing the family to a total of six.
Whether Marion is writing fiction or non-fiction the subjects she chooses to write about are always close to her heart. Marion has been an advocate for Social Justice all her life which has been reflected in her many volunteer projects, ranging from feeding the homeless to advocating for victims of violence. Helping others through difficult times has been regarded as a privilege.
• Favourite author from the past: Somerset Maugham
• Favourite author from the present: Michael Connelly
• Favourite quote: To thine own self be true, and thou then cannot be false to any man. – William Shakespeare
• Favourite food: Chocolate
• Favourite hobby: Walking in nature
• Favourite inspirational saying: She needed a hero, so she became one.
Books by Marion Sinclair Simpson:
Love Letters from God (Christian/Catholic/Inspirational/Encouragement).
Forbidden Fruit – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing – Marion Sinclair Simpson (historical fiction/romance/Medieval times).
Mindshifting Mindfulness – Marion Sinclair Simpson (non-fiction/inspirational).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest non fiction work is called Mindshifting Mindfulness and it was inspired by classes I had taken in Mindfulness Meditation which were beneficial to me regaining a peaceful mindset. There is so much stress and turmoil in our world I needed to find a way to tune it all out while focusing on the ‘here and now’ of life, I enjoyed learning how to practice being really present. This was truly a labour of love with a lifetime of benefits.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Mostly when I begin I just put anything down on the page. Free writing which often has nothing to do with what I end up with, but it starts the free flow of thoughts which as a writer is necessary to begin the serious process of creativity. I enjoy reading and researching my topics and sharing what I learn with my readers.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Charles Dickens – he was very interested in Social Justice as I am. Somerset Maugham – he was wickedly funny, I enjoy humour, he had a difficult childhood and turned to writing and reading as his escape. I feel a connection to his writings because of that. Michael Connelly – his characters are very charismatic and believable. He reminds me of Raymond Chandler who is the greatests of the Mystery, Detective, Thriller genre.
What are you working on now?
A second book in the Forbidden Fruit – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing series. The characters have not completed the story arc there is a lot more story to tell.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
http://marion-simpson.com is my personal website Amazon of course is the best method of selling online books currently.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The best advice I have received is to believe in myself and write every day. Writing is a habit and habits have to be formed by repetition. The more I write the more I want to write, it creates the desire and takes me to the zone of happiness, which I only experience when I am in the flow of creativity. So my advice is write, write and write some more. It is worth the struggle.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My father’s last words to me were, “Continue to be your true self.” So I take that to heart each day. Losing him was very difficult, he taught me to love reading and writing. I fell in love with the English language because he passed his love of words onto me. I honour his memory by using my gifts the best way I know how each day.
What are you reading now?
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
What’s next for you as a writer?
My sequel to Forbidden Fruit – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing is what I am working on now. I have been asked to do some Ghostwriting which is always interesting. I also help other writers with editing and marketing.
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?
A How to Survive on a Desert Island Survival Kit for City Girls Complete Edition
How to Make Fire While Learning How to Fish as you Make Clothes from Grass while Signalling for Help While Trying to Remain Calm Under Pressure Book