Develop more productive personal and professional relationships by learning and applying new life skills.
My core work for over 40 years has involved counseling, writing, and speaking on relationship issues. I incorporate valuable ways of relating into my stories.
A firm educational foundation achieved through my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Master's Degree in Adult Education and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto, many workshops and professional development opportunities, as well as my own life experiences, position me to understand the specific needs of others.
I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. I travel extensively on business and for pleasure.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I went through public school when there was a trial method of teaching reading that didn't include phonics but the use of memorizing sight words. I could say the words but had little comprehension of their meaning in sentences. I struggled just above the failure level and believed I wasn't as clever as my older brother or my classmates. It wasn't until the summer before I was repeating my first year of high school, when my mother spent a great deal of time helping me read a Nancy Drew mystery, that my brain suddenly clicked in to reading. It was an amazing experience for me. I read Nancy Drew library books all summer and by September returned to high school with much greater Self confidence.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the countryside with a variety of farms around me. There weren't any girls of my age that lived close by so I either tried to play with my older brother and his friends or amused myself. I learned that spending time on my own was enjoyable. This has served me well in writing when I get involved in the process and isolate myself to get the work done. My friends know that when I am writing I see less of them. Their encouragement to produce my next book, that they are eager to read, helps me stay motivated.
Questing Home: A Safe Place For My Holy Grail makes a significant contribution to understanding the use of legal bullying in a divorce. The inequity in the process of ending a deceitful marriage where a person in a legally powerful position freely abuses, ways of parenting children through conflict making efforts to avoid parental alienation, and healing through travel are exposed.
Questing France is an elegant and thoughtful firsthand account of Self discovery through the process of confronting infidelity, marital separation and reconciliation. The story builds up to a romantic and emotionally charged finale where Marilyn and her husband celebrate twenty-five years of marriage with a luxurious trip through France. Relationship skills and travel tips are shared.
Travel with Marilyn on a quest for Self discovery as she journeys through England and Ireland. Using the Holy Grail as a metaphor for her search for the essence of her authentic self, Marilyn shares personal thoughts, feelings, beliefs and challenges so you will feel you are along on her trip. Learn life skills that are incorporated into relationship issues as events do not meet her expectations.