Interview with Marion Froome

What is your writing process?
"I really just write about my own experiences and what I learn from difficult situations in a hope that I can save other people some anguish. All through my life I have always tried to find the simplest most effective way to do anything and I guess this habit naturally took over when I hit the hardest moments in my life. The simple steps I use to get myself out of a rut are what I share with others so writing is just my way of sharing these."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"I moved to Australia from Germany when I was 5 and a half and this created a lot of difficulties for me with reading and writing. I remember my grade one teacher meeting with my parents and telling them that "This child will never learn to read or write English", well I showed her!! It was because of my grade two teacher and the effort she put in with me that I now love to read and write. The first book I really remember reading was 'A fortunate Life' by A B Facey in year four. The reason I remember this book so distinctly is because my grade four teacher was absolutely amazed that I was reading something so difficult. It just goes to show you that teachers are so important and can effect our lives forever."
How do you approach cover design?
"I have very particular ideas when it comes to designing my book covers. I want them to tell a story, not just be "pretty". I also make sure that they stand out on the shelves with a unique color spine. It is really important to work closely with a good designer that can make your visions and ideas come alive on your cover."
What are your three favorite books, and why?
"I have a range of books I like so this list may seem a little strange:
1) 'The Lightworkers Way' by Doreen Virtue: Her books inspire me in so many ways and help me to see outside the box. She is a truly inspirational person and I can relate to her easily. She also writes the way I do; straight forward, giving the reader an easy to read flowing book. I don't like books where I have to read the same sentence five times to get what the author's trying to say
2) I love anything by Dan Brown. I just love the intrigue and the way they carry you into the story. Only one problem, I can't put then down once I start and go into Dan Brown hibernation for a day.
3) 'A Year in the Provence' by Peter Mayle. The whole 'Provence' series is fantastic. It always makes me wish I was in France. His books are real life stories with extremely funny characters involved in some sort of chaos. These books, accompanied with a bottle of red and a cheese platter makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon!"
Describe your desk
"Where the magic happens; A massive desk filled with everything from books, folders, water bottles, cameras, stationary and whatever else accumulates. I live near the beach so I can hear the waves crashing as I work...heaven!"
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
"It's probably not so much about 'where' but 'who'. I think the people in my lives influenced me more than the place I grew up in. I think I have always had a unique view of the world. Ever since I was young I had a very strong internal compass of what was morally right and wrong. I did mess up now and then and I guess that's just part of growing up. I always thought though that I was adopted because my parents had strange views on the world which I just didn't and still don't share today. In the end I guess that helped because I thought that if I could be so different from my parents, the people that raised me, then it was very natural to be different from anyone and everyone at school. I celebrated my differences and realized it was my uniqueness that makes me who I am. I was proud to be different and stuck to my individuality rather than giving in to peer pressure. This made me a very strong, independent person. My parents were also pessimists and this did stick with me until later in life. It was great when I changed that part of me and started seeing the world differently and I talk about that a lot in my book 'B.F.R.E.E. The 5 Step Life-Changing Revolution'."
What's the story behind your latest book?
"In 'B.F.R.E.E. The 5 Step Life-Changing Revolution' I speak about the most difficult thing I have ever had to face in my life which was my back injury. It wasn't just the pain and frustration of not being physically able to do anything anymore (I was stuck in bed for 7 years). It was also having to deal with the emotional stress and depression that comes along with a severe injury. In this book I speak about how I change my life from a life that wasn't worth living to creating an incredibly happy, successful life. It really took very simple steps that I implemented constantly and over time my life became this incredible, fulfilled dream life. Even though readers may not have gone through exactly what I have, I know that the story I tell and the emotional turmoil I go through can be recognized by many people. I know that whenever people are facing challenges the steps I talk about can help them get through it."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
"I like to be in control. Ha, don't we all! I think having the creative input on how your book is brought into the world is important, because in the end it's your baby and you need to be able to have a the final say. But on the other hand I wouldn't have been able to bring out this book without a great team of people who were professional and are just amazing at their jobs. It takes a lot of people to create a book and I am grateful to all of them."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
"Smashwords is another great platform to bring your books to the world. They also have great partnerships with companies which helps distribution. The information they provide on creating and marketing eBooks is invaluable. They make the process easy for everyone."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
"I think the most powerful thing about writing the books I do is making a real difference in people's lives. That is definitely the most rewarding thing about it. It's great to see that the things that worked for me are helping others create happier more fulfilled lives."
What do your fans mean to you?
"My fans are everything to me. Without fans you are really just a person that wrote something that no one read. My fans help me see that what I write matters and that my words and ideas can effect people's lives in so many wonderful ways I couldn't even imagine. Thank you to all of you out there."
What are you working on next?
"I completed my Doctorate in Metaphysical Science and did it on healing. The next book will deal with overcoming chronic pain and healing your body. I personally fixed my back injury in a period of 10 months with the techniques I share.(Remember I was bed bound for 7 years). I am already sharing these amazing techniques in my 'Tailor Made' live courses on my website. So that's exciting!!
Published 2015-07-02.
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Books by This Author

B.F.R.E.E.® The 5 Step Life-Changing Revolution - Tools to Create a Phenomenal Life
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,230. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
In just 5 steps you can…..Conquer stress and anxiety; Gain confidence and control of your life; Overcome unhealthy habits; Take on any challenge with ease; Overcome your fears; Create a truly phenomenal life filled with happiness, fulfilment and success. Join the B.F.R.E.E.® revolution today.
Creating Happiness through a Different Point of View
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression
Marion has turned her personal battle with severe depression around to create a life of happiness, fulfilment and success. Through a few simple steps and practical exercises, she shows you how you can turn your sadness into happiness and start creating the phenomenal life you are destined for, now.