Writer Interview: Marjorie Young

Marjorie Young

Born in Rhode Island, Marjorie and her family moved to San Francisco at the age of thirteen. She was of similar age when she saw her first Japanese film ‘Seven Samurai’ which immediately captured her imagination. She became enthralled with Japanese history and tradition and soon became a teenage-expert on Japanese cinema. She vowed to one day live in Japan. Marjorie went on to attend San Francisco State University and travelled through Europe and North Africa. Finally, she set foot in Japan and worked there as an English teacher for the next twenty years. She learned Japanese, Aikido and has made friendships that still last today. She credits it as one of her best life experiences.

Marjorie is quite the traveller and in addition to Europe, North Africa and Japan, has travelled to the Middle East, China, India, Nepal, Central and South America and more. The unforgettable, life-altering experiences that she gained through travels have greatly inspired her writing.

When she returned to the USA, Marjorie she set about creating her award-winning fantasy/adventure series ‘The Boy with Golden Eyes.’ It started as a bed-time story for her great-nephew, Sam, and is now read the world over and has won awards in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and New York. In addition to her series, she writes for a Seattle publication, The Ballard News Tribune, her column dealing with psychic/spiritual topics. As if all of that doesn’t keep her busy enough she is also a spiritual counsellor.

Marjorie manages to find some time to relax and has a selection of hobbies including reading, being out in nature and jogging. But her favourite time is the time spent with family, friends and pets.

Marjorie is an undoubtedly talented writer and the first psychic and spiritualist I’ve met. So I was lucky when she agreed to interview for me!

INTERVIEW

1. What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I’m hard at work on book six of my award-winning fantasy/adventure series ‘The Boy with Golden Eyes.’ It promises to be the final chapter in the saga.

2. Can you tell us a little something about it?

My series, which is aimed at readers of all ages, began as a bedtime story for my great-nephew Sam, but has taken on a vivid life of its own! Its young hero, Rupert, is brilliant and charismatic, gifted with psychic and spiritual proclivities, as well as a great love for the animal world and all of nature. Raised in complete isolation by his cryptic grandparents, they vanish without warning when Rupert uncovers a long-concealed treasure. The boy leaves his forest home to encounter the wider world, only to learn that he is likely the sole surviving heir to his kingdom’s throne, now controlled by brutal usurpers.

In book six, after an odyssey which takes Rupert and his friends across thousands of miles and through multiple kingdoms, the Golden-Eyed Prince at last returns to his suffering homeland to reclaim his crown and liberate his people…despite discovering he is not the true heir to the throne after all. Since the saga is a spiritual journey as much as an exhilarating adventure, it may be enjoyed by readers on several levels at once.

3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My life and travels have been replete with many incredible experiences, especially those of a spiritual dimension. Friends who are aware of my peculiar history urged me to write my memoirs. Oddly, I find the idea unappealing, but instead, much prefer to transform my true-life adventures to ‘fantasy’ form, where I can pass on my philosophy; most particularly, the flexible nature of ‘reality’ and the fact that our lives are very much a creation of our unique visions and limitations.
Regarding the writing process, I never plot or plan in advance. Instead, I simply open myself up to the process and let the imagination flow. As a result, I’m always in a delightful state of suspense, as I never know what may be coming next. This makes the entire creative process marvellously entertaining for me.
My series is also a gift to my great-nephew Sam, who inspires the hero, ‘Rupert,’ and his younger sister, Lucie, who inspires the character of ‘Lira.’ They love being involved in the entire process, and ultimately, ‘The Boy with Golden Eyes’ is for them. But now that the books are ‘out there’ in the world, the positive response from readers continuously brings so much joy, inspiration, and encouragement!
In addition to my novels, I write a column on psychic and spiritual topics for a Seattle publication, The Ballard News Tribune.

4. When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?

I had to look up ‘Jaffa cakes’! Had no idea what they were…apparently they’re not available in Seattle. Sounds yummy, though. When I write, besides lots of tea, I don’t have any special treats I indulge in. Sadly, I cannot eat sweets of any sort. I’m actually ‘addicted’ to them, and if I have one, I can’t stop! Oh well. Still manage to enjoy writing, even lacking cakes and other delights.

5. What is your favourite book?

An absolutely impossible question LOL! I adore ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘Tale of Genji,’ ‘The Brothers Karamazov,’ and on and on. Those masterworks and more are precious beyond measure and I don’t find it necessary (or even possible) to choose amongst them. That’s like trying to pick your favourite child (or pet)….which can only lead to trouble and quite unnecessary angst!

6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire most, and why?

Again, that’s a very difficult task to pick just one! I suppose (if I must) that I’d have to choose Shakespeare. His genius is breath-taking and astonishing. Of course, his poetry, plotting, structure, and dialogue are beyond compare. Beyond that, his characters are brilliant on so many levels, and entirely multi-faceted. None are ever simply ‘one thing’. Is Hamlet truly mad, feigning madness, or both? Is Ophelia an innocent or someone with a darker, erotic nature? Is Queen Gertrude guilty or blameless concerning the death of her husband, the king, or is the truth somewhere in between? Upon reflection, I realize that I’ve attempted to bestow my characters with multiple layers as well. They, too, are never ‘one thing.’ Still waiting to be compared to Shakespeare, however! But I’m not holding my breath.

7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?

You’ll have to ask others about what ‘annoying habits’ I might have LOL! Actually, I’m a psychic/clairvoyant/medium, which others view as either fascinating or crazy! It’s a gift I’ve possessed since earliest childhood, and have worked with scientists from many lands who have confirmed my abilities. As for foreign languages, I do speak Japanese, having lived there for years while immersing myself in the culture. I’ve been absolutely enthralled since seeing my first Japanese film ‘Seven Samurai’ at age fourteen, and I consider Japan my second home. In the past, I spoke fluent Hebrew and French, along with some Mandarin, but lack of practice has sadly eroded my skills.
As for ‘hobbies,’ I love nothing more than traveling abroad and spending time in nature. I don’t have the same opportunity to roam the world that I did previously, but treasure those occasions beyond almost anything else I’ve accomplished in life. I am also a vegetarian, adore animals of every sort, and do what I can to defend their rights. And beyond that, achieving total equality for women and girls everywhere is of great importance to me.

8. Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?

Yes, I have a website for my series, so readers may check out:
http://www.theboywithgoldeneyes.com. I’m also on Twitter: @psychicmargie
I suppose I should do even more with social media, but if I did, I probably wouldn’t have time to write!

9. What are your writing plans for 2016?

I hope to finish the sixth (and final book) of ‘The Boy with Golden Eyes’ series (title as yet undecided) sometime in the coming year. Immediately afterwards, I’ll begin a ‘spin-off’ called ‘The Lira Chronicles,’ featuring one of the extraordinary characters from the original saga. It will deal more with political intrigue than fantasy, but will hopefully prove equally entertaining to readers of all ages.

10. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them?

As previously mentioned, I have never had the pleasure of devouring a Jaffa cake. In days past, when I indulged in eating sweets, my guilty pleasure was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! THAT is my idea of heaven! But if I ever do go back to having desserts, I will track down a Jaffa cake and happily give it a try!

To follow more of Marjorie’s work please use the links below:
Website: http://www.theboywithgoldeneyes.com
Twitter: @psychicmargie

It was a real pleasure to interview Marjorie and get an insight into the life of an award-winning writer and psychic. Thanks Marjorie!

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