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Marie McKean was born in rural Utah, far from city life. Surrounded by the Abajo Blue Mountains, she gained a passion for the serenity of nature. When a young adult, her sheltered and quiet-mountain life came to an abrupt end when she married and moved to the "Big Apple." New York City opened her eyes to a whole new world. She worked for an international insurance company at the top of One Penn Plaza and later moved to San Francisco in pursuit of her advancing career and in completion of her degree in British and American Literature. Although it was all rewarding, deep down something was missing; there was something else she had to do.
She accepted an invitation to travel to Mississippi to explore her family's genealogical roots. The stories of her ancestors were rich in legend and fantasy. It was during this trip that Marie had a return-to-self, embracing the simple passions that drove her imagination as a child. Her purpose was not found in a career where the reward is money and prestige; rather, for Marie, it was found in the creation of characters that confront all the horror and happiness of real life. Since this time Marie has resurrected forgotten historical folklore to tell the stories of her imagination.
Her first novel, "Born of Oak and Silver", is known for its controversial ending that splits opinions. Marie is now preparing to release a sequel, "Born of Ash and Iron," as well as a new series "Stone Faced Angel."