"I was a bookworm from the moment I learned how to read. I devoured Nancy Drews, Judy Boltons, and Trixie Beldons – sometimes two books in one day. Was it any wonder I ended up writing mysteries?
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I dreamed of becoming a ballerina or a writer. I practiced my pirouettes and penned short stories. My family moved to Long Island, where I continued to write stories until I was discouraged by a high school English teacher.
Turned off to writing, I continued to read voraciously in college and concentrated on my major, Spanish. I studied in Mexico and Spain, intent on becoming fluent in the language. I taught high school Spanish, married my dentist husband, and we started a family. When our two sons were small, I found myself drawn back to writing fiction.
A writer is a writer forever. We may have more than our share of disappointments, but the rewards are many – knowing you bring joy to readers; sharing the camaraderie and support of your fellow scribes. Writing is a way of life, one I wouldn’t relinquish for anything."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids.
As Allison Brook, Marilyn writes the popular Haunted Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first book in the series, was an Agatha nomination for Best Contemporary Novel, a Library Journal "Pick of the Month," and on Goodreads' list of the "200 Most Popular Books Published in October, 2017." BOOKED ON MURDER, the eighth and final book in the series, will be released on August 6, 2024.
Many of Marilyn's books are in the process of being republished. Among them, THE DEVIL'S PAWN, a horror-suspense YA novel that will give you chills but leave you smiling when you've read the last page, has just been released. Her "Children's Choice" middle grade novel, RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK, has been republished and will be followed by three new books in the series.
Marilyn's romantic suspense, COME HOME TO DEATH, will be out with Rowan Prose Publishing on April 30th. Her two Golden Age of Mystery Book Club mysteries have received many wonderful reviews and will come out in a new edition in the spring of 2024.
And there's lots more to come, including a new mystery series!
Marilyn loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, practicing yoga and chatting with her grandchildren on FaceTime.