Marilyn R. Wilson

Life Outside the Box

The extraordinary journeys of 10 unique individuals 

Marilyn-updatedGet inspired to step out of your box and into a world full of potential. From the corporate world, to the arts, to working with the disenfranchised – the message is clear. There is no such thing as a normal way to live your life and no one right solution to any problem. Selected from amongst over 100 interviews, the stories shared here open a window on the journeys of seven women and three men who have charted their own path, including Ruthie Davis – top U.S. luxury shoe designer and the winner of the 2014 AAFA Footwear Designer of the Year award – and Geir Ness whose perfume is a staple in Nordstrom, Disney World and on Disney Cruise Lines. Enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes into the unique ways these individuals chose to deal with life’s challenges and how they define success in their careers.

Publication Date: February 1, 2015
236 pp. 5.5 x 8.5




About the Author

Head Shot 2014Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for interviewing. Whether a random encounter on the New York subway or a one-on-one with an internationally recognized artist, the goal is the same – to share the unique journeys of inspiring individuals. These are the stories that will define our times. In 2007, this led the author to co-launch a successful, innovative magazine focused on professionals working the fashion industry paired with photography and illustrations by local artists. Now on staff at Raine Magazine – NY/Miami/LA –  as well as freelancing for other publications, Wilson has taken this passion to a new audience with the release of her first book.

Learn more about Marilyn by visiting her website Olio by Marilyn and by following her on Twitter @oliobymarilyn and Facebook.


Praise for ‘Life Outside the Box’

“Truly inspiring. The stories of Patricia Fieldwalker and other artists, entrepreneurs, and leaders prove there are many paths to
success in life.”
Nova Lorraine, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Rain Magazine

“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

“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

“Wilson empathizes so passionately over 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

“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. By the end of Life Outside of the Box, you’ll feel the same.”
Sarah Murray, Director of Fashion Capsule

“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

“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


Hello VanCity (article)

NorthShore News (article) 

“Must-Read” in Raine Magazine Vol 22 (spread)

Life Outside the Box’ Launch at FanClub (media)

Style by Fire (article)

Upcoming Radio Interview on News 1130

 Please listen to the new interview of Marilyn by Jennifer Swanson of Authors of Influence Radio.