The Story Behind the Book: Marilyn Randall’s ‘My Heart and Soul’

Story Behind Book

The Story Behind the Book is Literarily Speaking’s newest feature.  Here we find out either the inspiration behind authors’ books or how they got published.  Today’s guest is Marilyn Randall, author of the book of poetry, My Heart and Soul.


Marilyn RandallMy first experience writing poetry happened when I was in the seventh grade and was assigned the homework task of writing a poem to be turned into the teacher the following day. I wrote a blank verse poem titled Heaven And Hell and after turning it in I was called to the front of the class and thoroughly questioned about the legitimacy of this piece being from me and not stolen or borrowed from someone else. He didn’t think that a child of that age could write blank verse of that quality and actually accused me of cheating. I was embarrassed, but after a long dissertation he realized that it was indeed my own original piece and he finally gave me an “A” for the poem and a new poet was born.

Many years and a full life later and after being the sole caretaker for my dying husband for seven years, I needed a new direction for my life after his passing. My work had been piling up for years and gathering dust in a full to the brim, old filing cabinet. After hearing from a self published author about the self publishing industry, I did the research and decided that putting my collection together and publishing my first book would be a perfect venue for me to begin my new life and My Heart And Soul became my focus and my dream. Being a newbie to this industry, I didn’t know a great deal about what was required so I did dilligent research and found a publisher who I thought would be perfect for me. I took the photos, designed the cover and arranged the pieces for the manuscript and when I sent it to the publisher, my new career was born.

My Heart and SoulMy Heart and Soul, is an emotional look into my deepest thoughts and feelings as I traversed my life. My faith is strong and readers will glean from this book the wretched throes of alcoholism and childhood sexual abuse I suffered as well as loosing loved ones at different times of my life. I share the many joyful events and occasions that hold special meaning in my life. I have experienced and share about deep passion and love and I share the powerful emotions I have for some of today’s social issues and injustices. This is a book about me and my life and the wonderful values and love I have for my God, and family. It is a powerful anthology from my heart and soul and I am blessed to be able to share this part of my life in this way.

Marilyn’s latest book is My Heart and Soul, a poetry and prose collection.  You can visit her website at

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