Marlene has an itchy soul. That sounds like a good character trait for a fantasy/adventure book, but in real life it just means she’s always starting a new project, usually before the previous project is finished.
This may be why her four books are written in three genres. Or why she earned a degree in geology, then worked in nuclear waste before starting a business as a personal chef, and then taught natural childbirth classes.
There’s just always something else to do. This may or may not be the reason Marlene volunteered to take over duties as Mt. Diablo Branch membership chair, Young Writers Contest, webmaster, and president. (She doesn’t do these all at once.)
Marlene joined CWC in 2009, when she had just finished her first novel – a time travel/historical fiction account of Thomas Andrews, the builder of the Titanic. As of this week, Marlene writes science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance, with four books available online at all major retailers. She is still working on novels 5 – 8, but has no immediate plans to add a new genre to her repertoire. She keeps the option open though, just in case.
Marlene lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband. They spend lots of time traveling up and down the west coast and points inland, to visit their six children, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her motto is, “If one door closes and another one doesn’t open, break a window.”
By Marlene Dotterer
Latest Award (2014): Big Al’s Books & Pals Reader’s Choice Nominee for The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder