Morrison County author publishes book about her wild past

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Marilyn Phillips of Hillman recently authored “A Wild Olive Shoot,” where she talks about her journey from growing up poor in Morrison County to living life as a successful business woman in Manhattan, New York and Milano, Italy.

Marilyn Phillips of Hillman recently authored “A Wild Olive Shoot,” where she talks about her journey from growing up poor in Morrison County to living life as a successful business woman in Manhattan, New York and Milano, Italy.

Marilyn Phillips, 70, of Hillman was 28 when she boarded the train in Lyons, France to take her to Paris. Young and full of adventure, she began to chat with the French businessman who was sitting next to her.

Before she knew it, she had invited him into her hotel room in Paris later that evening.

“In the middle of the night, as he lay next to me on the sagging mattress, he quietly said to me: ‘You know, you shouldn’t do things like this. Pick up a stranger in a foreign country. I could kill you right here and leave you and no one would know. No one would have any idea what happened to you,’” Phillips said.

His frightening, but truthful words were an awakening for Phillips, but she was not quite fully ready to completely turn from a life of adventure.

In her book, “A Wild Olive Shoot: My Spiritual Journey,” Phillips boldly confesses of wild nights, a selfish career pursuit, failed marriages, lies and what finally gave her peace.

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