Marilyn R. Garcia is known for cleaning out the bookshelves at her local library and has been doing it since before she could read. Children’s board books to adult literary fiction and everything in between, no section of the library is safe. Her family recently gave her a large rolling bag, a suitcase really, so she could continue her library-plundering ways without straining her back and shoulders.

Marilyn first published in her local hometown newspaper as a fourth grader, a four line poem about her cat. Though writing has been a life-long love, she pursued a career in science. Studying science led to many unexpected learning adventures including planting aquatic grasses in the Chesapeake Bay, researching cancer at Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, and counting ducks for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After working and teaching science for years, Marilyn put down her field notebook to homeschool her children. This turned out to be the most unexpected learning adventure of all and it reawakened the writer in her.

Since then, Marilyn focused her writing on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for children. She lives in Maryland with her family and many cats. She volunteers in local schools, reading and sharing books. She continues to throw herself into unexpected learning adventures, the latest being learning the ancient practice of beekeeping.