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Marilyn Freeman

Marilyn Freeman
BIOGRAPHY

Marilyn was born in Oldham, England. Her career pathway has been varied, starting out as an industrial chemist, and eventually setting up a company manufacturing toiletries. Teaming up with her now husband Marilyn was involved for many years in a light engineering company. Since retiring from business, she has been editing and publishing children's books for her husband and poetry and life-story books for various private clients. Also since retiring she has studied Person Centred Counselling at Bedford College and latterly, trained as a bereavement support worker for a well-known charity organisation. She has been married twice and has twenty-five grandchildren and five great grandchildren – quite an achievement in itself!
She is always interested in people and the way personalities develop and interact, and is fascinated by the way seemingly straightforward decisions can create effects that resonate down the generations, often with unintended consequences. This seems to be a definite theme in all her writing.

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Karma: A Mystery in Paris
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Karma: A Mystery in Parisby Marilyn FreemanPublish: Apr 03, 2021Suspense Mystery
Love Ties: An Unbreakable Bond
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Love Ties: An Unbreakable Bondby Marilyn FreemanPublish: Dec 09, 2022Crime Fiction Suspense
Coalbrookdale: The Bangham Family Story
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Coalbrookdale: The Bangham Family Storyby Marilyn FreemanPublish: Mar 10, 2022Historical Fiction
Secrets and Lives
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Secrets and Livesby Marilyn FreemanPublish: Jun 05, 2021Suspense Mystery

Marilyn Freeman Interview On 29, Sep 2022

"Born in Oldham, England, Marilyn Freeman is an author of mystery-suspense novels. She was born in 1946 in a place called Hollinwood. Her first short story was written when she was 14, about being marooned at sea. She decided to study Person Centred Counselling with a view to becoming a Bereavement Counsellor. Her first book, Karma: A Mystery in Paris was born during the Covid lockdown. She has been married twice and has twenty-five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren."
Where were you born, and what was your childhood like?

I was born in 1946 in a place called Hollinwood. From the name you might imagine this was a pretty place deep in a forest. Not a bit of it. It was a small area on a main throughfare halfway between the smoky northern towns of Manchester and Oldham, in Lancashire, England. My family had a little shop selling sweets and tobacco, just by the side of the very busy road, where cars and buses sped past my bedroom window at all times of the day and night.

I lived with my mother and father and my brother, two years my senior. I was surrounded by aunts and uncles, and grandparents and life was good. My earliest memories are of sitting on the little wooden bench at the back of the shop, observing customers coming in and out, and listening to my mother chatting to them as she weighed out their sweets or handed them their packets of cigarettes. I always felt loved and cared for, even though we didn’t have much money.

Do you remember the first book you ever read?

The first book that I remember stimulating my imagination was ‘The Cloud’ by Arthur C Clark, mainly because for some reason I ended up reading it out to my classmates at the end of a busy school year, during that lazy period between the end of exams and the start of the summer holidays. I have to admit, I was something of a success!

The first classic novel I remember reading was Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. His writing transported me into another world, far away from the smoke and grime of the Northern mill town, which was the only place I had known, at the time.

As a teenager, what were you obsessed with?

As a teenager, I enjoyed the world of pop music as did most of my friends, but I wouldn’t say I was obsessed with any particular artist or type of music, but I did love to dance!

What is the earliest experience you had with books/writing that you remember?

The first piece of creative writing I remember producing was a short story I created when I was 14, about being marooned at sea. My English teacher was impressed and gave me an ‘A’. Unfortunately I subsequently switched my attention to science and my writing career had to wait another forty years before I tried again! At the age of fifty I began writing poetry, but it was to be another twenty four years before I wrote my first novel.

What challenges did you face while publishing your book, Karma: A Mystery in Paris?

My first book, Karma: A Mystery in Paris was born during Covid lockdown. I had enjoyed a school holiday in Paris when I was sixteen years old. This was my first journey into the world outside the UK, and I fell in love with the place. It was inevitable that my first novel had to be set in that wonderful city. Having for many years, been editing my husband’s books and attempting to get them published by the traditional routes, I was well aware how difficult it was to find an agent, let alone a publisher. At seventy four years old, I figured I didn’t have time to travel down that particular road, and decided to self-publish. I already had quite a bit of knowledge of self-publishing, having dealt with several books for my husband and various private clients. I decided to use Ingram Spark, mainly for their extensive distribution network, so the actual publishing process was fairly straightforward. The problem, as always, is promoting my books, as I only have limited financial resources. So, I just keep on writing and have just completed my fourth novel.

Who inspired the character of Sophie in “Secrets and Lives”?

The inspiration for Sophie in ‘Secrets and Lives’ didn’t come from any particular person. I find that most of my characters are amalgams of many people I have come across over the years.

What made you decide to study Person Centred Counselling?

I decided to study Person Centred Counselling with a view to becoming a Bereavement Counsellor, but also because people and their motivations have always fascinated me. In fact, my counselling training has proved to be extremely useful as far as my writing is concerned. I love exploring my characters and what ‘makes them tick’, why they make certain decisions, and how they interact with each other. I think this adds depth to my writing.

What is your writing kryptonite? Inversely, what is something that never fails to inspire you?

My writing kryptonite would have to be spending too long in front of my computer. More than three hours at a stretch and my creative juices dry up! The solution is always to take a walk through nature. We are fortunate to live within two minutes of the beautiful Embankment along the River Great Ouse in Bedford, and that is where I clear away the clutter from my mind to free up my imagination.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I work each day, writing for around three hours at a stretch. The rest of my working day is spent proofreading and editing my husband’s work, or creating books for other people.

Which is the best compliment or fan-mail you have received for your work?

The best compliment anyone can pay me is to say ‘I just couldn’t put it down!’

How do you spend “quality time” with yourself?

To be honest I view the time I spend writing as my personal quality time. Being creative in any way is rewarding, but when I’m writing I enter another world, one that I can shape and people with interesting characters. Apart from that, quality time is also time spent with family and friends.

How did your friends and family react to your first book?

Mainly with amazement, as I published my first book just after my 74th birthday, and no one, not even me, thought that I even had a book in me!

Which one do you prefer: writing a series or a standalone novel? Why?

I have written three standalone novels and the first book of a series of four, a family saga. I enjoyed writing the standalone novels best because I get to craft the whole arc of the story from it’s beginning to it’s conclusion. The first book of the series of books about the Bangham family spans the first half of the 18th century, and has many characters, each of which has their own story, all beginning and ending at different points in the narrative, which somehow isn’t quite as satisfying as telling one complete story.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

I am now working on the second book in the Bangham Family Story, which is based on my own ancestors. Like so many families, their story began in the countryside, albeit in their case at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, working for Abraham Darby in his ironworks. This formed the backdrop to the first novel in the series, Coalbrookdale. From there the family migrated to the area around The Wrekin, in Shropshire, where they worked for the famous ironmaster and philanthropist Richard Reynolds and his son the innovator William. This second novel in the series will span the years from 1750 to 1800 and will tell the story of the family, intertwined with some of the amazing developments that took place during those years in Shropshire.

How long have you been with AllAuthor now and what are some of your thoughts on it?

I joined AllAuthor just about ten months ago and have been impressed with the range of marketing resources it has provided. I will certainly use it again to promote my new novel which is awaiting publication at the moment, and of course the second in the Bangham series, which will be entitled The Wrekin.

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      • Marilyn Freeman Marilyn Freeman 1 year ago
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      • My dream goal I want to achieve before I die is to complete the Bangham Family trilogy, of which Coalbrookdale is the first. Apart from that I would like to re-visit Paris, preferably in the spring!
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    • Have you ever experienced "Writer's Block"? Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
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      • I have occasionally suffered from 'Writer's Block'. when everything just seems to seize up. When this happens, I put the work aside for a couple of days, then come back to it, re-reading the previous few chapters and usually this does the trick. Sometimes it may mean that the plot has taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way, and a little back-tracking can work wonders.
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      • I have been writing poetry and short personal memoirs for many years but when Covid 19 came along and we were forced into lockdown, I decided it was time to get down to some serious writing. That was in early 2020. I began with Karma; A Mystery in Paris, followed by Secrets and Lives. Both of these were set in locations that have meant a lot to me, namely Paris, and Bath in Somerset. After completing these two short mystery and suspense novels, I felt confident enough to begin the book I seriously wanted to write; Coalbrookdale; The Bangham Family Story, which I began in May 2021. This book is based on the life of my 5th Great Grandfather Joseph Bangham, who was living in the Severn Gorge, Shropshire in the early 18th Century, working for Abraham Darby. At this time Darby was perfecting the production of iron using coal instead of charcoal, which eventually facilitated the mass production of iron, and the Industrial Revolution had begun. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the world and Joseph and his family were there at the very beginning.
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