Stories have always played a part in Marianne’s life, beginning with her birth—she was named after a character in a book. When she was four years old, her mom read her The Ugly Duckling. Marianne cried so hard at how the lonely little duckling was bullied, her mom had to skip ahead to the end of the story to prove all would be well. The first real book she ever owned was Black Beauty, which she read and reread and then read again until the cover fell off and the pages literally disintegrated in her hands.
To this day, sad stories make her cry. And though those first books have been lost over the years, Marianne’s love of reading and happy endings has remained.
Retired from a twenty-five year career as senior technical writer at the Boeing Company, she now focuses on creating happy endings of her own. When not writing, she enjoys quilting, embroidering, crocheting, gardening, cooking/baking, and watching every British mystery ever produced.
Originally from Santa Barbara, California, she now lives in Washington State and is married to her own personal hero. Together, they have three amazing children, two beautiful grandchildren (so far!), and two rescue dogs.
Books by This Author
Merry Belle and the Holiday Hookers of Larkspur Lake