IndieView with Judge Marylin E. Atkins, author of The Triumph of Rosemary

I did not submit my work to agents. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? About the book
What is the book about? How long did it take you to write it? I attribute my recall ability which I have had all my life, to my having to memorize thirty-two page piano sonatas composed by Beethoven and many other classical composers as a child and teenager taking piano lessons. The takeaway from my story is that if you keep working and believing in yourself, challenges can be overcome and a happy, productive, peaceful life can be the result. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Enjoying my retirement! Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? And he never saw Marylin’s illustrious and highly respected career as a judge, which included 12 years as chief judge of Detroit’s 36th District Court. I believe that my story is for anyone who has faced challenges in life that sometimes seemed insurmountable. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) My daughters’ writing and publishing company, Two Sister Writing and Publishing, provided the professional editing and publishing. I did not outline. I began writing my book on December 19,2016, the day that would have been my 50th wedding anniversary if my husband were still alive. At age 19, Marylin sparks a racial and religious scandal by marrying former Roman Catholic priest Thomas Lee Atkins, who is white and 25 years older. About You
Where did you grow up? Yes, my daughters’ company hired a full-service graphic design agency to create my book cover. Since my book is a personal, individual story, I decided that I would just share my life with the readers as if I was in a conversation with them. This is the first book I have even written. I was not influenced by any writers. I simply recalled in my head what happened to me from the beginning of my life and career until I retired. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Follow your heart. Not only did events come rushing back in chronological order but also in vivid detail. When did you start writing the book? What are you working on now? For clarity and to show the readers how I changed with each life experience, I decided that strict chronological order of events was the best way to write. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Saginaw, Michigan. I edited after each paragraph to make sure that I was conveying the information to the reader in a way that they would understand and not have to figure out what I was trying to say. Poor in finances but rich in love, they have two biracial daughters, Elizabeth Ann Atkins and Catherine Marie Atkins Greenspan, who look white. What came easily? Team work makes the family’s dream work as Marylin attends the University of Detroit School of Law at night while she and Tom work full time; he becomes “Mr. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? All the characters in my book are real people who were in my life. Did you hire a professional editor? I decided to publish with my daughters’ company because I respect them and trust them as professionals. Mom”– taking the high-achieving girls to lessons for swim, piano, and skiing. Five years after I retired, I decided to do it. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I wrote daily for about ten to twelve hours. What would you like readers to know about you? Marylin becomes an attorney, putting the girls through the University of Michigan. So before my book, my writing was confined to legal research and judicial opinions. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   The Triumph of Rosemary from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I did incorporate that process in my writing but I’m not sure it would be considered a writing “process” in the world of authors who write books all the time. Yes, I have hired JKS Communications. I also listened to their channel that plays classical music
About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? The takeaway from my story is that if you keep working and believing in yourself, challenges can be overcome and a happy, productive, peaceful life can be the result. If so can you please describe it? Where did you get the idea from? Sadly, Tom dies before seeing the girls earn graduate degrees in writing from Columbia University and University of San Francisco. It all came easily. I finished writing my book on May 19, 2017, six months later. That I have been a fighter all my life for myself and my family. All the while, family rifts in the wake of their interracial union begin to heal, fostering harmony and healing. Do you have a target reader? Do you outline? My daughters had been encouraging me to write my life story for many years. Some names have been changed. The book is a memoir about my life. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Where do you live now? He journals nightly, inspiring the girls’ passion for reading and writing. Legal writing consists of an orderly chronology of events upon which a judge can find the facts. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Judge Marylin E. The family’s lifestyle includes friendships and associations with people of a cornucopia of race, religion, and culture, as Tom even serves as president of an American Indian association. The idea for the layout and design, however, were my own. I am a retired judge and I have been a lawyer for thirty-eight years. I mostly listened to Sirius Satellite Radio, Soul Town station which is all 60’s music from Motown. For example, I thought about myself at age ten and picked out three important events I that experienced during that year that helped shape me into the adult that I became. Do you listen to music while you write? There were no parts that I struggled with but during the process I sometimes laughed and cried as I recalled both the good and bad things I experienced throughout my life. Atkins – 30 October 2018
The Back Flap
Baby Rosemary – born to an Italian teen and a married black man in Detroit in 1946 – is adopted from an agency by a black couple in Saginaw, Michigan The adoptive mother’s abuse instills in the girl, whom they name Marylin Elnora, ambition to achieve great things on her own. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Detroit, Michigan.