June 11, 2015

Life Outside the Box by Marilyn R. Wilson - Review/Interview/Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
Life Outside the Box by Marilyn R. Wilson
ISBN: 9781771410663
Trade Paperback - 236 pages

Real Stories about Real People to Entertain, Inspire and Challenge You.

Get inspired to step out of your box and into a world full of potential. From the corporate world, to the arts, to working with the disenfranchised – the message is clear. There is no such thing as a normal way to live your life and no one right solution to any problem. Selected from amongst over 100 interviews, the stories shared here open a window on the journeys of seven women and three men who have charted their own path, including Ruthie Davis – top U.S. luxury shoe designer and the winner of the 2014 AAFA Footwear Designer of the Year award – and Geir Ness whose perfume is a staple in Nordstrom, Disney World and on Disney Cruise Lines. Enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes into the unique ways these individuals chose to deal with life's challenges and how they define success in their careers.

I enjoyed reading the stories of each of the individuals that were showcased in this book. It is nice see how others can overcome certain situations and become successful. The author did a good job in the telling of each story. Reading this book gives you the courage to know that you too can live outside the box and do whatever your heart desires and be successful. Each person had their own struggles and you will learn how they overcame them to become what they are – successful people. If you are looking for a book that will give you motivation to pursue your dreams then this would be a great book for you. I enjoy reading books about how everyday people with their own struggles turn things around to become successful business people as it makes me feel as if I can do this too. A very good motivational book.  

About the Author:
Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for interviewing. It all began in 2006 when the she answered a Craigslist ad from a NY magazine asking for story submissions. Two were accepted. The first live interview was life changing and Wilson has never looked back. With over 150 interviews now behind her, the love of interviewing is still as strong as ever. Whether through a random encounter on the New York subway or via a “one-on-one” interview with an internationally recognized artist, the goal is the same—to share the unique journeys of inspiring individuals.

In 2007, this goal led the author to co-launch a successful, innovative magazine focused on professionals working in the fashion industry, paired with photography and illustrations by local artists. Now on staff at Raine Magazine (NY/Miami/LA), as well as freelancing for other publications, Wilson has taken her passion to a new audience with the release of her first book.

Connect with Marilyn:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

What drew you to interview and write about the life journeys of others?
From the time I was young I have always not only been intrigued by everyone's life journey (my intense curiosity was not well-received), but had an incredible emotional antenna that picked up the vibes around me. Initially I focused on a career in Psychology, but walked away one day after talking to a professional working in this field. I didn't feel I could leave the emotional pain at the office. Interviewing has allowed me to embrace this passion again, but in a positive way. I am privileged to hear their stories and
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give them much needed press.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I once interviewed a first time author and asked him a very similar question. His simple answer hits the mark for me as well. I want this book to be enough of a success that I am justified in writing another...and another. My goal is to have a series of books under the brand Real People – Real Lives that will include more books like Life Outside The Box as well as a few other ideas I am developing.

How does an author approach the huge job marketing in this economy?
Book marketing is a constantly changing field right now. How you approach it will need to be in some part lead by the genre. Definitely you need a strong Social Media presence that you know how to use. That process should begin long before you release your first book. There are also some great new avenues out there – Fiverr.com has discount marketing services including advertising your book to kindle reader groups, there are PR Agents who specialize in creating a one fee Press Kit/Media blast (be sure and do your homework to connect with the right agent), you can sign up for virtual book tours, be interviewed on podcasts, speak at your local library, speak at book clubs, etc. It is important to spread any media out over a period of time, so it's an on-going process.

What personal quotes have the most meaning?
Listening to so many life stories has brought home how sad it is that society often defines normal by what we see on reality TV and hold celebrities icons to emulate. Sometimes it truly is the person
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next to you in the coffee shop that can change your life if you just open the door with a hello. Here are the two I often share that really explain my focus and point of view.

1 - It is the stories of Real People, living Real Lives
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that will define our generation.

2 – Everyone has a story to tell, it's just a matter of asking the right questions.

How do you relax?
I love to read. For stress relief – something that is a real problem as a deadline approaches - I get outside on my bike and ride as hard as I can. The fresh air is amazing and by the end my mind is clear. I also love music, plays and movies.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
This was asked in a Facebook post recently and I instantly responded, “They were wrong!” Then I had to stop and think about why I said that. I
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up in a very restrictive religious environment where I didn't fit in. I spent my whole life apologizing for my weird little quirks only to realize they were what not only made me unique, they were true gifts when it came to interviewing. So embrace all your little lumps and bumps. When you find the right outlet for them, they will prove to be your biggest talents.

What do you hope readers will take away from Life Outside the Box?
Inspiration to pursue a long held passion. Permission to define your path and definition of success in a way that is meaningful to you alone. Self-acceptance – knowing you are exactly who you are meant to be. When you find your life's purpose it will all come together! To quote William Orlowski – Just do and be brave!

Win one of two print books of Life Outside the Box (open to USA & Canada) and win one of two Amazon $25.00 gift cards (open internationally) Ends July 4. 

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  1. I have always been interested in how others choose to live. I like to read about non-conformists and those who have followed a different path to lead a happy, satisfying life. This book sounds very interesting and I appreciate the chance to win a copy!

  2. I would love this book 'cause it sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!