Marie Bostwick Skinner was born in Eugene, Oregon and raised
in the Northwest. She vividly remembers the day she got her
very own library card. "I was about three years old and had
just learned to write my first and last name, a skill which
qualified me to become a library patron. I nagged my poor
mother until she drove me downtown to get my card so I could
check out my first book 'Hop On Pop' by Dr. Seuss."
It was the beginning of a lifetime love affair with the
written word. As a girl, Marie wrote love stories featuring
lots of handsome princes in fast cars and extensive
descriptions of the heroine's wardrobe. In high school she
began writing short stories and, "lots of sad, self-pitying,
Marie was lucky enough to meet the love of her life, Brad at
a young age. However, between marriage, motherhood, finishing her
college education, and moving a score of times for her
husband's career, there wasn't much time left for writing.
Life was happy just the same. Marie enjoyed raising her
three sons, working in a variety paid and volunteer jobs,
and making time for hobbies like quilting, cooking, and
reading . . . always reading.
In 1994, Marie wandered into a writer's workshop and her old
romance with words was rekindled. At the instructor's
urging, she began writing again. She completed one short
story a month for more than three years though she never
submitted them, feeling her work was not yet ready for
publication. Marie plugged away; raising her sons, doing
volunteer work, taking seminary courses, working in
professional ministry, and month by month teaching herself
to write. Finally one of her short stories refused to stay
short. It grew into Marie's first novel, FIELDS OF GOLD,
published by Kensington in September of 2005.
Marie lives in Oregon with Brad, her husband of thirty-five years. When not writing, she enjoys quilting, reading, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and especially playing with her grandsons. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds, and at quilt shows. She has been a featured speaker at the Paducah Quilt Festival and the Houston International Quilt Festival and has given keynote addresses at both the Florida Writers Association and La Jolla Writers conferences.