Who Is Marnie?


I entered the world in Norfolk, Virginia on a sweltering August afternoon while my dad was in the Navy and out to sea. From there we moved to Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts and back to Connecticut where we lived until my brother and I finished high school. At 18, I began my own traveling journey and wandered to Ohio, Cape Cod, Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona, Simi Valley, California, and settled in North Carolina with my husband to raise our family.

During my roaming days, I worked as a chambermaid, deep sea fisherwoman, woodworker, boutique manager, waitress, short order cook, and car stereo salesperson. After I earned a degree in Journalism from Northern Arizona University I became a contented wordsmith as a magazine editor, PR/advertising executive, and book review columnist. I still wear many hats: editor, author/journalist, photographer, haikuist, writing coach, mom (two daughters—one in law enforcement and one in elementary education), wife, servant to three cats, traveler (Asia, Europe, South America), community activist, cross stitcher, runner, in-line skater, and night sky watcher.

My articles and stories are published nationally/internationally. One of my favorite books (and hardest) was to research and co-write What’s in a Name? (Pocket Books). I am co-contributor for The Writing Group Book (Chicago Review Press) and lead workshops on writing and revision.

I grew up loving books with my best friends often found in adventures, mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy. I also developed a passion for nonfiction, especially biographies. Writing for children is much harder than for adults, but I love it! Kids are amazing readers—smart, funny, loyal, and have no patience for anyone who doesn’t speak their truth.   

My first young adult novel Mirage was inspired by my work with the Special Olympics while living in Phoenix. After learning of the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine, I (like my main character Paul) believe it exists. With high hopes I explored the Superstition Mountain wilderness, wearing turquoise to ward off curses and the wrath of the Thunder God.

I have yet to find the treasure…or maybe I did, and decided to keep it a secret!

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