Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Marvin D. Wilson – award winning writer and blogger

I am excited and honored to have Marvin D. Wilson as my guest this month. Marvin is an inspirational and award winning writer and blogger, and he is a fellow member of the yahoo group VBT-Writers on the Move.

Marvin is the author of three published books, I Romanced the Stone (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie), Owen Fiddler - which has been awarded the prestigious AVATAR award for excellence in spiritual books - and Between the Storm and the Rainbow. Marvin has also 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, The Old Silly's Free Spirit Blog, 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, is also growing in global popularity.

Marvin 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 and about living life on purpose. Marvin 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 is an editor with All Things That Matter Press and also does freelance editing.

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I Romanced the Stone (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie) was Marvin's first published book and is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the nature of addiction. When you think of a crack-head, what kind of picture comes to mind? A stupid teenager, with little, or no education? A prostitute? A smack-talking, ghetto-born African-American? Or, maybe, a misfit Caucasion dropout, from a broken home, with an alcoholic, abusive, absentee father? Crack-heads are street-walking, panhandling, hustling, poorly dressed, teeth missing, gaunt, thin, useless and dangerous looking kinds of people that you'd never invite over to dinner, right? Well, guess again, because the author of these memoirs is an educated, articulate and thoughtful, formerly successful family and businessman, a grandfather, who owns expensive suits, always knows how to appear well groomed, and knows which fork is used when at the gourmet banquets of the upper middle class.
I Romanced the Stone observes, discusses and exposes fundamental tendencies of addiction in our society, and weaves these general themes throughout the personal story of the author's journey. The reader comes to understand that drug addiction is not some exclusive disease of the poor, or the uneducated, or the social castaways of our world; it is an insatiable and insidious ghost, shadowing anyone, of any walk of life, from any economic or social environment. It can appear as a false god, "the good life", and then devour you as "the grim reaper" is revealed bewilderingly to you, as your new slave master. The book tells how the author was rehabilitated, cured, and had his life and soul spared, through love and help from family, and most significantly, through a powerful spiritual experience. It is an inspiring, yet fearsomely awesome story, sending a message of hope and advisement.

These are just some of the reviews you'll find on Amazon.

5 stars, Raw, down-and-dirty, and unfiltered look at the life of a crackhead!
By Kristie Leigh Maguire "Published Author" (Nevada)

Raw, down-and-dirty, and unfiltered, "I Romanced the Stone" is the story of an aging hippy and his descent into the madness of becoming a crack user. Marvin Wilson had used just about every drug known to man during the Peace and Love Years of the 60s so what would one little experimental hit from the crack pipe hurt? He soon found out that smoking crack cocaine wasn't the same as smoking marijuana, the main drug of choice for the "tune in, turn off, and drop out generation." Marvin is a very lucky man in the fact that he is still alive to tell this compelling story. "I Romanced the Stone" is a must read for all who have even THOUGHT about taking that first hit from the crack pipe.
Kristie Leigh Maguire
Multi-published, award-winning author

5 stars, A Must Read
By Rosa L. Ferguson (memphis, tn usa)

Little did I know when I sat down to read Marvin Wilson's “I Romanced The Stone” I would be reading about myself and my addictions. Different drugs of choice, of course (computer, television and procrastination), but addictions nonetheless. Anything that keeps you from being your true and total self and anything that keeps one from finding their true inner peace is a drug. And just when I had "serious doubts about my ever being whole again", here comes a book so poignant, so deep, and so apropos I now know that healing is possible. To experience the joy of being healed, delivered and set free has to be an awesome feeling. A must read for everyone who is addicted or not!
Rosa Ferguson author of LOVED TO DEATH: A Different Kind of Love Story

5 stars, BRAVE
By Pamela Templin (Marion, Iowa)

Marvin Wilson transports you into the world of a drug addict with the art of a writer. This is a well written book and a testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit in crisis. He lost everything before he was forced to face his demons. He faced them head on and won the fight. This book speaks to everyone who has known his agony or has known someone who has walked the same path as he. This book is a must read.

5 stars, "red-dressed for undressing, dripping with salaciousness"
By Peggy Ullman Bell "Peggy Jay" (Naples, FL)

"From one nightmare to another" in “I Romanced the Stone”, Marvin Wilson carries us through the horrors of addiction to the glory of salvation in a rollicking, sometimes terrifying journey to joy. A great reference book for anyone involved in "The War on Drugs", no matter in what capacity. I plan to obtain a copy for my police officer grandson as well as my eldest son who has overcome his personal addictions [first to drugs and then to “That Old Time Religion”].

5 stars, A Must Buy For Every Educator!
By J.C. Jackson (Michigan, USA)

If you are an educator of our youth then you simply MUST READ this book! Next to going down the lonely and terrible road of crack cocaine addiction yourself, this is the closest you will ever get to a firsthand experience of how devastating this drug can be.

As a public educator of middle school and high school students for 24 years I have seen many children grow from childhood to adolescence and on into adulthood. Over the years I have celebrated as I witnessed dozens of incredible success stories where former students have gone on to do great things with their lives. Conversely though, imagine how difficult it has been for me when I have seen shining-star pupils with the potential to do literally anything with their lives end up jobless, on the streets, or even worse, dead because of an addiction to drugs or alcohol. If only I had a tool such as Marvin D. Wilson's book "I Romanced The Stone" sooner!

Once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down. You will become totally and fully immersed in the shadowy world from which Wilson almost didn't emerge. You will personally feel the physical and emotional pain that he admittedly caused himself and his family. You will shake your head in disbelief at how a drug could get a hold of an intelligent, educated, talented, and morally upright man and shake him literally to the core of his soul until he had become someone not even his closest family members could recognize. And then, you won't be able to stop smiling as you read the manner in which he, with the help of his God and those who love him the most, picked himself up by his bootstraps and methodically climbed out of the pit into which he had allowed himself to fall.

I will be keeping a few copies of "I Romanced The Stone" around my desk to give to the student who would benefit from reading this incredible story. It just might save a young life. It is hard-hitting, doesn't pull any punches, and has plenty of spicy language, so it probably isn't appropriate for most children under the age of 15 or 16, but it is an invaluable tool for the adolescent who displays the tendencies of addictive and/or self-destructive behavior. I have two children, aged 20 and 22 who don't appear to have any such tendencies, but they will be getting a copy of the book from me as well!

Buy it now, read it, and I'm sure you will agree. "I Romanced The Stone" is a story that everyone should read!

I Romanced the Stone
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Global Authors Publishers
ISBN-10: 0977968030
ISBN-13: 978-0977968039

Marvin will be happy to answer any questions you have. Please just leave a comment - and stop by on Friday to find out more about Marvin's other books, Owen Fiddler and Between the Storm and the Rainbow.


  1. I have been a follower of Marvin's for a wee while now and have found his blogs most interesting. thanks for highlighting him on your site.


  2. Wow, what a comprehensive post. I feel I've learned a lot about Marvin and his books. Thanks so much, helena

  3. Wow thanks so much for this full length and comprehensive feature, Helena! Hey I've been unable to post on VBT site - some glitch going on at my end - I've tried to let everyone know that the Google Nazis obliterated BOTH my former blogs. Long story and won't go into it for fear of exploding in rage, but - please note and edit into this post that my new blog url is and the blog title is The Old Silly's Free Spirit Blog. Also my new email addy is

    Thanks - I'll stop back in a bit and chat with the readers. :)

    The Old Silly

  4. Thank you, Yvonne and Dorothy for stopping by. Marvin, I'm so sorry to hear about your blog trouble. Have you got a new URL for your secondary blog as well? If so, I can amend that, too.


  5. Thanks Helena. Tie Dyed Tirades is also gonzo, so you can just eliminate that link. :(

    Yvonne and Dorothy, thanks for the kind words. :)

    I'll stop in again later to chat with anyone else who's dropped in.

  6. I Romanced the Stone sounds so interesting. I'm sure it will be a great help to those battling the same and other forms of addiction.

    Thanks for the wonderful post, Helena.


  7. Addiction is such an important topic. Thank you for baring your sins so that others may not suffer as you did. Be blessed, Marvin.