About Marilyn


I draw my love for storytelling from my Dad. He spun tales of adventures as a young man seeking excitement by traveling west experiencing life as a rancher, miner, logger, even playing bit parts in early movies, and eventually went to war for his country. My mother’s books filled the house and overflowed a large trunk in the attic stirring my curiosity and filling my mind with wondrous characters and mystical places.

I hate to see a good story lost. My passion is to help others save their cherished stories. My writing guides are practical and easy to follow. I also offer coaching for writers who want individual help with their work and answers to their questions from an experienced writer.

Contact me at hswc1@cox.net. If you don’t write the story, who will?


Professional Background
Collins is an award-winning author of both regional history books and magazine articles. She is a frequent conference speaker and workshop leader. Check her workshop areas under SPEAKER—to contact her as a speaker:  hswc1@cox.net.

Her step-by-step writing guides (available in print or e-book formats) include:
• Market Yourself, Market Your Book
Memoir Writing Guide: Brighten Your Leaf on the Family Tree
You Can Write a Book about Your Family
The Art & Business of Writing Local or Regional History
Write History Right

Collins held executive positions with the Washington National Cathedral Association, American Association of University Women, and the Beaufort Historical Association (NC). She owned a marketing and management consulting company in Washington, DC and in North Carolina. Collins currently owns CHS Publishing Company (www.chspublishing.com)  and Mentors for Writer (www.mentorsforwriters.com). Contact: hswc1@cox.com.