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Marilyn R. Wilson

Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer, published author, speaker and editor with a passion for interviewing. Her current career began at the age of 50 when she threw caution to the wind and answered a Craigslist ad from a New York fashion magazine, even though she had no experience. When they surprisingly accepted two of her story ideas, the doors opened on a whole new career - proof positive it is never to late to embrace a new passion.

Whether through a random encounter on the New York subway or via a “one-on-one” with an internationally recognized artist, her goal is the same – to share the unique journeys of inspiring individuals. In 2007, this led her to co-launch a successful, innovative magazine focused on professionals working in the local fashion industry, paired with photography and illustrations by local artists. Her articles have been featured in publications such as Raine Magazine (NYC) and Schon Magazine (London).

Wilson took her passion to a new audience with the release of her first book titled Life Outside The Box featuring mini-bios of ten of her favourite interviews. This was followed by The Wisdom of Listening where she shares her decade long journey of interviewing through the many life-changing pieces of gold (wisdom) she received in those interviews. The most important? We are all exactly who we are meant to be. It's time for each of us to embrace and walk our own unique path – without apology

For a more indepth look at the author's journey to becoming a writer - check out her article published in Metro-Living Zine, "Interviewing - A Journey of Privilege."


“Marilyn Wilson is passionate about people – pure and simple. Combine that passion with her insatiable curiosity, genuine interest in the human journey and a gift for storytelling and you have someone you thoroughly enjoy – be it in-person or through her gifts with the written word. She inspires as surely as she derives inspiration from others.” - Debra Walker, Author and Human Relations Specialist

Wilson empathizes so passionately with her subjects that each exchange seems like a therapeutic chat with a lifelong friend. If only all writers could get through the bony chest plate and to the heart so effortlessly!” - Darryl Humphrey, Professional Photographer

“I admire Marilyn’s commitment to finding and sharing an individual’s life stories in a way we can all connect with and relate to. A wonderful book showcasing inspirational stories and journeys on the road less travelled.” - Tricia Romani, President, Wilhelmina Models Vancouver

Marilyn is a mountain of information when it comes to the fashion scene in Vancouver. Her years of experience are evident in how she interviews and writes. Her advice is always "bang on" and I like nothing more than a chance to be in her company!” - Sue Randhawa, Licensed Optician/Owner of The Optical Boutique

“Marilyn is a true professional in the fashion industry. Further, she is a great supporter and proponent of Canadian fashion.” - Christopher Bates, Creative Director

“Through the compelling stories of individuals who have made remarkable achievements by being true to themselves, this book shows how being yourself is the key to success.” - Andy Chu, Executive Producer, FMA Entertainment

Marilyn Wilson does everything with a full heart, this includes sharing the stories of 10 amazing individuals. Wilson’s writing makes obvious her passion for her subjects. You’ll feel the same at the end of Life Outside the Box.” - Sarah Murray, Director, Fashion Capsule

“A book that will leave you feeling energized about life! Entertaining and thought provoking, the stories profiled are all about finding a purpose and creating a life of meaning and fulfillment.” - Vladimir Markovich, Creative and Fashion Director

“I worked and wrote for Marilyn as a free-lance writer when she was the editor for Vancouver Fashion eZine…She was a great mentor and editor, and always had positive and constructive criticism when editing articles. I was able to learn so much from Marilyn on writing, editing and interview etiquette. It would be a pleasure for us to work together again one day.”  - Casey Strynadka, Foundation Student with British Columbia Funeral Association

Marilyn's enthusiasm for Vancouver designers and her ability to "listen" make her one of the few fashion writers one can trust to represent a designers point of view without imposing her own message. A delight to work with and a real fashion force in Vancouver.” - Patricia Fieldwalker, Design, General Management at Arabesque Design Ltd