Marie is a New Jersey-based writer who grew up a block from a free library. Her proximity (and curious, untamed nature) made her a regular patron by sixth grade. Despite her sometimes late returns, they still loaned her books, even occasionally special ordering rare books for her from places such as Princeton University like that time she discovered a fascination with the Nio Wooden Statues of Buddhism. Her mother encouraged her to start writing poetry in sixth grade, and she has been writing ever since. She attended private school until eighth grade and then went to public high school. She immediately joined Forensics (Speech and Debate). The experience transformed her life and to this day inspires her writing, especially her book “The Longest Home Run” that has its roots in her memory of first-hearing a fellow student recite Maya Angelou’s “And Still I Rise” that made her start wondering why she had not been taught more about Civil Rights in school. She attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center and received a BA in English and Theater. She studied acting at the prestigious William Esper Studios in New York City with Suzanne Esper. She has a certificate of eligibility in elementary education and High School English in New Jersey. She received a certificate of excellence for scoring in the top percentile on the English Language, Literature, Composition: Content Knowledge Praxis test, part of the qualification for teaching middle school – high school English subject courses.