Marvin the Martian Wilson
I am so honored to have our very own Blogging/author/friend/editor Marvin Dean Wilson joining us this week on Kat Logic. Marvin is the published author of “I Romanced the Stone” (Memoirs of a recovering Hippie) and Owen Fiddler. He is also the very esteemed BLOGGer owner of Free Spirit, which we’ve all come to know and love. His BLOG has won many awards (as you can see) and is well on its way to becoming one of the absolute “Must Reads” among the who’s-who of BLOGGers.
Katrina: Marv, so good to have you here with us on Kat Logic. First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Marv: I’ve been married to a wonderful woman for thirty two years. We have an interracial marriage, I’m Caucasian and she is African-American. We started dating back when interracial marriages were still often given an askance view from the societal majority. We settled into Ann Arbor, Michigan for the largest part of our child-rearing years and that was good because the Ann Arbor community is very liberal and forward thinking. We have three fully grown well adjusted children, all with careers started. Our two daughters are married and the oldest daughter is a mother; she and her husband have brought three grandchildren into our family and a fourth is on the way. Except for our son who lives and works as a skilled carpenter in New Jersey, all of our family resides in the Southeast Michigan area.
Katrina: What is a typical evening like in your home?
Marvin: The wife reads (big romance novel nut), I write and/or read; sometimes we put on a movie on the telly and watch that together.
Katrina: As I’ve gotten to know you in the past few months, I know just how busy you are. How do you juggle your writing career and family? How do you unwind and take time for yourself?
Marvin: Well, being semi-retired and an “empty nester,” I don’t have balance issues. I do have to be prodded by my wife now and then to get my face out of the computer monitor and pay more attention to her, go out to eat or a movie or something (lol).
Katrina: I think that’s a common issue for most authors. We tend to stay glued to this screen and block out the rest of the world. I hope you pay attention from time to time. Does your family read any of your work?
Marvin: Oh yes, some – all my kids read my books and my oldest daughter is a regular visitor to my blog. I have two brothers (out of three) and a couple cousins (out of dozens) who buy my books and read them also. I think as I grow in popularity and name recognition more of the extended family will take in interest in what their relative is doing.
Katrina: Yes, I’ve seen many post from your daughter. It’s awesome that your children are so involved in your career and so supportive. At what age did you realize you wanted to be an author? What influenced you? Did you write as a child?
Marvin: Well, I’ve been a writer all my life, but not published. I’ve always kept a journal, writing short stories, poems, and just general thoughts about life. But I did not desire publication until my mid-fifties. What influenced me? God! I had just been saved from a serious narcotics addiction and God commanded me to write and publish my first book, my testimonial, titled I ROMANCED THE STONE (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie).
Katrina: Now, I want to shift gears. We’ll be heaing from you through out the week but I want to let our readers know that Owen Fiddler will be stopping by Saturday. Owen’s a different kind of guy, to say the least and one that has my blood boiling. As I read the book, I became angrier and angrier at his character. It definitely stirs up some serious emotions, which I am sure you just love. Tell us a bit about Owen Fiddler.
Marvin: Owen Fiddler just came out earlier this year. The main character is, you guessed it – Owen Fiddler! LOL – Owen’s problem is he likes to dance but he never pays the fiddler. He takes no responsibility for his own actions and everything going wrong in his life is (he figures) anybody’s fault but his own. His daughter, Frenda Fiddler, is his exact opposite. In spite of the damage Owen does to her life and all the rest of the family through his selfish deeds and bad habits, she forgives and loves him unconditionally. The other two main characters are Louis Seiffer, a puffed up Satan wannabe, and Kris, a savior with a sense of humor and a bent towards mischief. They both vie for Owen’s damnation or salvation in the never-world with Frenda playing her part in her Daddy’s aid as Owen lays in the hospital near-dead in a coma.
Katrina: Well, there you have it and now you see why he makes me so blessed angry! I can’t wait to wring his neck Saturday! As for our readers, they can stop by Free Spirit and see all the hype on the awards. You’re the best. Can’t wait to hear more later about you, your work, and your faith later this week!
***Katrina: One more thing there Punkin, tell our readers a little bit about the awards we see at the top of this post. You seem to be collecting them…tell us how.***