Author Biography

Author_photo(1)Marilyn L Rice was born in Chilwell, Nottingham. U.K. February 1951. She has fond memories of that time in the fifties when the pace of life was much slower (before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and the computer became an essential everyday item!) She enjoyed school and naturally loved reading and writing. The saddest memory of those days was the death of her younger sister who was born with Down’s Syndrome and only lived for a few months.

The family moved to Derbyshire in 1960. She passed the 11+ exam and attended the local Grammar School. She went to the Crewe College of Education, studied Divinity and Literary Studies for 3 years and obtained a Certificate in Education. She moved on to the University of Keele and read Divinity and Education for a year before gaining a B.Ed. degree.

Life, people, cultures all hold a fascination for her. She enjoyed living in the fast lane, looking for adventure and gaining as many experiences as possible. She used the College holidays to take up employment for both money and experience. She was a waitress, a barmaid, a shop assistant, a baby-sitter and even delivered the Christmas post.

She graduated in 1973 and began a teaching career in Secondary Education that was to last for twenty years. Ill health forced her into early retirement from teaching and to take life at a steadier pace. She now spends a lot of her time writing and reading. She learned that it was extremely difficult to get into mainstream publishing and decided to take the self-publishing route. On her 50th birthday in February 2001 she proudly launched her first book Time & Tide in a West Bromwich Shopping Mall. No Regrets followed in May 2003. Then, Stay in Touch in 2005 and on September 16th 2007 at Slaithwaite in Yorkshire she launched her fourth work, Look After Each Other. She was lucky with her fourth book; it was taken on by Strategic Book Publishing (an American Publishing Company) and is now available in hardback from them. On December 28th, 2010 they released Sofia’s Legacy the sequel to Look After Each Other. As a result of readers’ requests she wrote a third one in the Sofia series, Love You Forever which was published in October 2014.