Marilyn Holdsworth lives with her husband in Southern California. She is an extensive world traveler, holds a degree in English Literature and has a background in writing and editing. She is a successful businesswoman as well as a former horse owner and trainer. She is a supporter of Horse Rescue and contributor to Wild Horse Preservation. Her women’s fiction novels are sold worldwide:
From Laura’s Thoughts and Reviews:Hello Marilyn. Thank you for visiting my blog and agreeing to answer a few of my questions. Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
My main character in Making Wishes is Elloree Randall, a young creative woman faced with making some life changing choices. She is torn between her love for her work and her devotion to her son.
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Yes. I can visualize in my mind the settings I am creating for my characters much better if I have been there or to a similar place. For my books to be realistic it is very important I choose settings that not only suit the characters and plot but most importantly are places I know and feel comfortable writing about.
Where do you research for your books?
I read books, newspaper and magazine articles related to my subject. I look up material on the computer and I travel to locations that I’m writing about or to similar places. I also observe and talk to people.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My whole family is very supportive of my writing, especially my husband.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to write stories.
What are you passionate about these days?
I am very interested in saving the American mustangs and preventing animal abuse especially cruelty to horses. That’s why I wrote my first book, Pegasus.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I like to take my dog for walks in the park. I also love to listen to classical music. And for me walking on the beach at sunrise or sunset is the ultimate relaxation.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Very hard work!
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
Yes. William Shakespeare: “There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.” I am a firm believer that attitude and how you look at things makes all the difference.