Thursday, October 1, 2009

Meet Author Marvin Wilson

It is my distinct pleasure this month to host author Marvin Wilson, a member of the VBT group – Writers on the Move. Here’s what Marvin looks like:

and here’s a bit about Marvin:

Marvin D. Wilson is the author of three published books, “I Romanced the Stone (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie)”, “Owen Fiddler”, and “Between the Storm and the Rainbow”. “Owen Fiddler” has been awarded the prestigious AVATAR award for excellence in spiritual books. Wilson has had articles published in several Ezines and has been interviewed on hundreds of blogs, radio and TV shows, both over the Internet and on the airwaves. A prolific blogger, his internationally popular blog, Free Spirit, was voted first place in the 2008 Book Blogger Appreciation Week award contest in the Christian/Inspirational Fiction category. His other blog, Tie Dyed Tirades, also acquired global popularity.

Wilson is a family man, married for thirty-three years, with three adult children and six grandchildren. He has been around the block of life several times, through the ups and downs, and has survived in good enough spirits to desire to write about life, to write about living life on purpose. Wilson is a self-described “non-religious, dogma-free, Maverick spiritualist Christian.” He writes books that deliver spiritual and inspirational messages in an engaging, thought-provoking, often times humorous, more than often irreverent, sometimes sexy and even ribald way, through the spinning of an entertaining tale.

Marvin D Wilson is an editor with All Things That Matter Press and also does freelance editing.

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Now let’s take a look at Marvin’s book, “Owen Fiddler”.

Title: Owen Fiddler
Retail Price: $16.95
Page Count: 212
ISBN 10: 1594315639
ISBN 13: 978-1594315633
Author: Marvin D Wilson

Book Description:
(Sing along to the tune of the Beatles' "Nowhere Man")
Has a selfish point of view, why he's such a fool, no clue. Isn't he a bit like me and you?
Owen, man, please listen. You don't know what you're missing. Owen, man, your world is at your command!
He's no role model for you or your kids, but reading his story will learn ya a thing or two, and that's a fact. This is an entertaining, thought-provoking, humorous and spiritually insightful book which will surely have you thinking about your own life. Hey you – yeah, you! Do you like to dance? Don’t forget to pay the fiddler!

And check this out!

What Others Are Saying About OWEN FIDDLER Review by S. Agusto-Cox, “Savvy Wit & Verse”:

“Marvin Wilson's morality tale Owen Fiddler chronicles the bad behavior of one man--Owen--from his early years as a boy through adulthood and how his life spirals out of control. He meets his wife Jewel and they have a daughter Frenda, who becomes the light of Owen's life. Frenda is Owen's foil in this tale.

Owen is a womanizer, a drunkard, a liar, and behaves horribly toward his mother, stepfather, and brother. When the reader thinks nothing can get worse for Owen, it does. Not once throughout the novel does Owen take responsibility for his actions or the consequences. There is always someone else to blame--his brother Paize, his stepfather, his friends, and others.

Not only is Owen an unlikeable character, but the author introduces us to a cast of unique characters, including Lou Seiffer (Lucifer) who is a truck driver that lends Owen money and Kris (Jesus Christ). The reader will have a hard time rooting for Owen to get a brain and evolve, but his daughter Frenda makes the reader want Owen to improve at least for his daughter's sake, if not his own. The novel is fast-paced weaving in and out of the past to tell Owen's story and that of his family, but in some sections the author's thoughts on the subject are interjected rather than allowing the characters' thoughts and feelings take center stage.

Although Frenda would care about how her date, Robert, felt while she was wearing heels, the earlier character buildup for Frenda does not support the sort of sarcastic statement about males being tough on the outside and easily bruised on the inside.

Some descriptions place the reader in the scene with Owen, and the reader can smell and taste what surrounds him, but in the same moment, it seems the author enters the scene. Uneducated Owen is not likely to know the term "proletariat" unless he's been educating himself in between his romps in the hay and nights on the bar stool. There are a number of these passages that can distract the reader, but there also are some great descriptive passages that capture the reader's attention.

Marvin Wilson tells a story of one man, an everyman, and his descent into oblivion and the perilous journey that leads to his salvation. Readers looking at today's society and how it has deteriorated can take away a lesson from this book. It is not only an evolution of Owen Fiddler, but can become an evolution of readers and others in today's me-first society. I applaud Wilson's efforts to espouse change. Christians could find fault with some of the scenes near the end of the book, though readers should cast aside their indoctrination and take from this book its overall message--forgiveness, change, and selflessness are important to reforming ourselves and society.” Review by Lisa Haselton:

“Describing Owen Fiddler as an interesting portrayal of how one's actions can impact others lives, is truthful, but lacking. This novel is a character-driven tale of one man's negative existence. The reader is challenged to find any redeeming qualities in the main character, Owen Fiddler. He is not a man many would befriend.

Owen Fiddler is not a happy man. The world is against him every step of his life. Everyone can relate to a bad day. There are just days when you wake up and nothing goes as it should. Owen Fiddler experiences that every day. He has no good days. Therefore, none of his actions are his fault. He'd be happy if the world would just let him.

The story is entertaining on the page, but it is deeper for those who want to look. Whether you are spiritual, religious, atheist, or totally unwilling to accept there is more to living than what is experienced here on earth, this novel will resonate.

Marvin Wilson has created a colorful cast of characters in Owen Fiddler. The reader experiences the world as Owen goes through it. The author focuses on a few central characters which allows the reader to see the same situation from different perspectives. It's an engaging novel and the reader is grabbed with the opening sentence.

I recommend reading Owen Fiddler for a spiritual perspective on life that will cause you to think about your own actions and behavior. Whether or not you believe in God, a higher being, heaven, or any type of life after death, you will walk away from this novel having at least been inspired to glimpse the possibility.”

“Highly spiritual, inspiring, enlightening and engaging … a case study in despair and addiction … a story that tugs at the heart. Using words as his brushes and the imagination as his canvas, Marvin Wilson paints an afterlife landscape that rings true.”
Philip Harris, author – “Waking God” - “A Maine Christmas Carol” - “Jesus Taught it Too” (Early Roots of the Law of Attraction)

“Anyone can appreciate the language and storytelling on the page, but Owen Fiddler is deeper for those who want to look - a colorful, unique, multi-layered cast of characters - you will walk away from this novel having at least been inspired to glimpse the possibility that there is more to life than a simple daily existence.”
Lisa Haselton - award-winning author/editor/book critic

“The story rings true - all of us share at least some of his demons. His story can change our story.”
Walter Sorg - WILS-Michigan Talk-Radio Host

“Owen Fiddler grabs your attention right away. He is the grasshopper in Aesop’s tale of the grasshopper and the ant.”
Joyce A. Anthony - psychologist and author of “STORM.”

Book Available for purchase at:

or at your favorite bookstore.

Please check out Owen Fiddler for yourself. Please return here in two days to read my interview with Marvin Wilson and to enjoy a special treat of having one of the characters from “Owen Wilson” be interviewed as well. See you in two days!




Vivian Zabel said...

Congratulations on another good post, Harry.

Marv, it's always interestig to read about you.


Nancy Famolari said...

Very interesting post. I love the included video. Marvin is quite a guy!

The Old Silly said...

Harry, thanks for the fine job on this feature post - you really did it UP, man!

Vivian - thanks, I'll be stoppin in to see you later today also.

Nancy - you're quite the gal yourself, lol - and thanks!

Marvin D Wilson

Katie Hines said...

Good to see you again, Marvin. Played the trailer. It was great!

The Old Silly said...

Thanks, Katie - I had fun putting that trailor together. :)

The Old Silly

Darcia said...

Marvin's books definitely caught my interest! Thanks, Harry, for shedding light on some new books to add to my wish list!


Helena Harper said...

Marvin, you did the video yourself? Is there no end to your talents? I wouldn't know where to start - very much enjoyed it. You have a very original way of approaching subjects. Are you planning a fourth book?


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I keep learning new things about this "Old Silly." And "prolific" blogger doesn't begin to describe him. He's also an amazing advocate for his friends--many writers among them.
Thank you for bring this to us, Harry!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Tweeting tips for writers @frugalbookpromo

Anonymous said...

Marvin, you're very fortunate to have Harry host you. He does a terrific job at promoting authors and their works. Best wishes for your uccess.

Stehen Tremp

The Old Silly said...

Darcia - thank you! I just visited your blog and loved it, too.

Helena, yes - I use - it's VERY user friendly, then I upload the finished product to Youtube. Tons of fun!

HoJo - you KNOW the admiration is mutual, hun. :)

Stephen - thanks, and yes, Harry does a bang up job.

Harry? Thanks again so much for a splendid job today. Be seeing you here again on Saturday, my friend.

Marvin D Wilson

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Great reviews of Owen Fiddler - it sounds like a very interesting read.

Thanks for the post, Harry.


Harry Gilleland said...

Greetings, Everyone ~

I have been out of town all day from before 8 a.m. until just now. I am pleased to see all the comments about Marvin's post. A big thank you to all who commented!

Marvin, thanks to you also for checking in and replying during the day today. We'll do this again on Saturday! (All y'all come back Saturday for a most interesting post...I promise!)



Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

It's always fun to read about you, Marvin. I've read Owen Fiddler and understand why it has received those glowing reviews!

kathy stemke said...

Great video! It's great to hear your book is touching the hearts of so many people.

Liana said...

Ah! another surprise! We finally saw your face! (and huge smile!) People who smile like that are sincere-my dad use to say that. I like your unpredictable ways of displaying things, Marv, and all of us here like that too. If you were here I would count on you to help me with the radio station-right? (I need a partner to start the show!!!)

The post is terrific, Harry, you are the expert!

Thank you both,

Harry Gilleland said...

Greetings, Jane, Kathy, & Liana ~~

Marvin and I appreciate you all for stopping by and commenting. We have our thanks.



Dianne G. Sagan said...

This is an awesome post! Marvin, I'm glad to get to know you. Your book sounds excellent. I'll be adding it to me list of "to read". The book trailer is really well done.