Featured Interview With Marion Sinclair Simpson
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Author Bio/Marion Sinclair Simpson/Christian Author
Marion was born in Scotland into a family of six children. Four girls and two boys. Marion has been writing since the age of four when she received her first toy typewriter as a Christmas gift.
Words have always been her passion. Using those words to inform and entertain others was always her true destiny. Making a difference with her gift for words brings her true fulfillment and joy.
Marion emigrated from the United Kingdom, to Canada with two young sons in tow. In Canada her family expanded by one more son and a daughter, bringing the family to a total of six.
Whether Marion is writing fiction or non-fiction the subjects she chooses to write about are always close to her heart. Marion has been an advocate for Social Justice all her life which has been reflected in her many volunteer projects, ranging from feeding the homeless to advocating for victims of violence. Helping others through difficult times has been regarded as a privilege.
• Favourite author from the past: Somerset Maugham
• Favourite author from the present: Michael Connelly
• Favourite quote: To thine own self be true, and thou then cannot be false to any man. – William Shakespeare
• Favourite food: Chocolate
• Favourite hobby: Walking in nature
• Favourite inspirational saying: She needed a hero, so she became one.
Books by Marion Sinclair Simpson:
Love Letters from God (Christian/Catholic/Inspirational/Encouragement).
Forbidden Fruit – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing – Marion Sinclair Simpson (historical fiction/romance/Medieval times).
Mindshifting Mindfulness – Marion Sinclair Simpson (non-fiction/inspirational).
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My parents read books to me when I was very young, I was always a highly imaginative writer. My first typewriter was given to me when I was four. It was the most thoughtful gift and I could not wait to write stories to share my words with others.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
When I was much younger I loved Enid Blyton books, when I grew a little I fell in love with the writings of Agatha Christie. I also read Graham Greene, he was one of my Father’s favourite writers. We had the entire collection of Charles Dickens works in our house so I ploughed through them all. I had a voracious appetite for books. Somerset Maugham, Raymond Chandler, now I enjoy Michael Connelly as my current favourite author. Though I read a huge amount of non fiction books also on my journey to learn and share wisdom with others. To write, one must always read.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Forbidden Fruit – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing is a Historical Fiction with some Romance and Mystery included.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing introduces the malignant and venomous creature, known as Father Jasper Kaminski, the Rector of the local Cathedral, who goes head-to-head in an equally matched dark power struggle with Monsignor Iain Hartley-Jones, who is next in line to become Bishop of their local Diocese. Kaminski and Hartley-Jones once more battle for control, when long hidden documents containing information damaging to those in power, are brought into the light. Both dressed in religious vestments, yet determined to win at any cost and destroy anyone who gets in their way.
We meet Father Robert Spencer, former Parish Priest, now a Benedictine Monk who is struggling with his own vows of celibacy and obedience, which he had made to a seemingly cold passionless church. Father Robert becomes caught up in the intrigues of power and treachery that exists in the highest echelons of the church, as he learns the newly discovered documents may reveal dark and disturbing acts from centuries past. Unwittingly he is dragged into the struggle for power that threatens the peace and sanctity of the life he has retreated to. His life is already in turmoil when Sophia MacLean a woman from his past causes him to re-examine some life altering choices.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT gives the avid mystery reader an insider view into the secrecy of the modern-day church. Our hero is trying to right the wrongs of the past, while battling the dark and disturbing forces inhabiting the highest places in the Roman Catholic Church which creates tension, mystery and suspense to keep the reader engaged. We learn about Thomas de Kempis the author of the best-selling book, Imitation of Christ, Thomas lived in Medieval Germany. The newly discovered vellum manuscripts, written in Latin speak of Thomas’s suspicious death, the manner of his death cost him being elevated to the status of sainthood. It appears that a grievous injustice may have occurred.
The novel explores the dark and light side of human nature and the battles we all must face in life. Themes explored in the novel involve, romance and mystery, unrequited love and loss, abuse of power, betrayal of trust and treachery in high places; all these themes combine to take the reader on a thrilling journey of suspense.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT brings into the light matters only before whispered about among those in power in the Vatican. There are those in power who do not want this story to come out because it sheds light on the abuses of power that have long been tolerated and often condoned by those in powerful positions in the Church. This novel shines a light on the abuse of power that corrupts in so many areas of society today.
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