The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson – Review and Author Interview

40317046The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson – Published May 28th 2018 by Real People – Real Lives Press



The next time you’re out in public, take a moment to look around you. Each and every person you see holds wisdom in their pockets–pieces of gold they’ve accumulated as they walked their own unique life journey.
Within these pages, Marilyn shares some of the many pieces of gold she has received over her decade-long career. They have been offered to her during interviews, through random encounters and while facing difficult challenges. The most important? We are each unique and exactly who we are meant to be.
Are you ready to dig for gold? All you need to do is be brave, be present in the moment and be open to the possibilities–then start a conversation.


Marilyn R. WilsonAbout 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 a regular contributor at Metro-Living-zine as well as a freelance writer for other publications such as Raine Magazine (NY/Miami/LA), Wilson has taken her passion to a new audience with the release of her first book.

Please visit the author’s website at and her blog companion blog at

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My Review: The Wisdom of Listening is an inspiring read written by Marilyn Wilson that is full of reflection. Wilson shares her own personal stories of walking the spiritual path. She shares the ups and downs. Each chapter can be read within a few minutes making this a lovely daily reflection.  At the end of each chapter she leaves us with an inspirational quote. Wilson shares with you that creating a good support team. taking “alone” time for yourself and living one day at a time can help you achieve and become a better overall listener. I really enjoyed reading each chapter and am thinking of the different ways I can apply what I’ve learned. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**

Interview for Truly Trendy by Marilyn R. Wilson

Did you always want to be a writer?

If you had asked me this question when I first started writing, I would have said no. Hindsight has proven that assumption wrong. One memory that bubbled up a few years into this new career was of writing a small book and drawing a picture for the cover in my early tweens. I wish I had kept it. Then there was the day I found a digital version of my high school yearbook on line and discovered a picture of myself in the journalism club. I honestly don’t remember joining any club, but there I was with a big smile on my face. However, my dream at that age centered around becoming the next big science fiction writer.

What genre do you write and why?

The easy answer is non-fiction. Beyond that it gets a little more challenging. My first book – Life Outside the Box – contains ten mini-biographies of people whose interviews had an impact on my life. My second just released book – The Wisdom of Listening – passes on many of the pieces of gold handed me in interviews. These bits of wisdom helped me grow as a person and finally come to a place where I embraced my uniqueness. The tying thread between them can be summoned up in the concepts of inspiration, self-acceptance and embracing diversity. We are each unique, we are exactly who we are meant to be and it’s okay to live a life of your choosing without apology.

What do you love best about your career? What do you least enjoy?

I am a passionate interviewer. It is absolutely the best and most cherished part of what I do. While I didn’t enjoy the process of writing in the beginning, that has changed over time. The art of writing has become an extension of my voice and a craft I have honed. I am filled with pride when I get it right. What is excruciating for me is transcribing my interviews. As much as possible I now pass this job on to someone else, but it can be an important sometimes to hear the person’s voice again sharing their story before I start writing – especially if it’s been awhile since my interview with them.

What advice would you give budding writers?

There is no shortcut to simply writing every day. A writer writes – that’s it. The second most important thing you need is honest feedback. Your friends and family love you, support you and want you to succeed. Their feedback won’t drive your work to ever high levels. I remember when I was running a local magazine and one of my writers sent me a piece that I instantly knew she had just banged out quickly. The person she interviewed was unhappy with it – I was unhappy with it. I never usually handled things this way, but she had worked for me for a long time at this point. I said what I felt she needed to hear, “This isn’t good enough.” When she responded her friends and family felt differently, I knew it was time for her to move on. This is not an easy career. You have to grow some thick skin and you have be willing to take honest feedback.

Can you share the name of one writer whose story inspires you?

One leads the pack hands down – Harry Bernstein. When I began my career as a writer at age 50, I struggled with doubt. Had I started too late? Youth definitely seemed to garner more media attention. Then I stumbled across the story of Harry Bernstein. Throughout his career as a freelance writer and editor, he wrote numerous books – none of which reached publication. He finally gave up and threw them all away. When he was 93, his wife of 67 years passed and out of loneliness he sat down at the typewriter again and wrote the story of his life, calling it The Invisible Wall This new manuscript was turned down by several publishers. Then it sat in a pile of manuscripts at Random House in Britain for a year before their publishing director Kate Elton discovered it. Bernstein was 96 when The Invisible Wall was released to great acclaim. He went on to publish several more successful novels before he passed at the age of 101 and declared his 90’s his most productive years. It is truly never too late.


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