Marie’s middle-grade novel, EVERLASTING NORA, released in 2018, has received two starred reviews, is a 2018 Book Expo of America Buzz Pick for Middle Grade, a School Library Journal Day of Dialogue Selection, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Best Book of 2018 Selection in Middle Grade by Kirkus,. Her book has been nominated for the 2020 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Intermediate Category and the 2021 Grand Canyon Reader Award Intermediate Category. She was awarded the 2019 Excellence in a Work of Juvenile Fiction by the Children’s Literature Council of Southern California. Her book was included in the 2020 National Geographic Summer Learning Series.
Marie is also a clinical laboratory specialist and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, grown up kids and a hamster named Patches.