One of Marilynís earliest childhood memories is the dream to become an author. Many decades and eleven books later, writing continues to bring her meaning and a sense of wholeness.

Marilyn is married to Bishop William B. Oden. They have four children and four grandchildren.

What personal experiences have enriched and impacted your writing? Volunteering with the Kairos prison ministry and working with the homeless. Interacting with diverse peoples in 34 countries on 6 continents. Encounters with refugees and royalty, prisoners and presidents. Participating in a peace fact-finding delegation in the Mideast. Official visits to refugee centers in the war zones of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Being at the DMZ. Assisting with United Methodist projects in Moscow and Yekaterinburg, the Czech Republic, and the Slovac Republic.

Besides writing, what other careers have you been involved in?  It has been varied: first-grade teacher, K-12 counselor, director of volunteers for a large urban school system, adjunct professor of creative writing, district liaison for a U.S. Congressman. My favorite (except for writing) was teaching spiritual formation at Perkins School of Theology. All of these experiences influence who I am and what I write.

Where have you lived? I have traversed the country. Born in Hollywood, CA. Grew up in the small western town of Woodward, OK. Lived in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, and now in Santa Fe, NM.

What degrees do you have? A B.A. in the language arts, M.Ed. in counseling, M.A. in creative writing. 

What do you enjoy? Family and friends, walking to the Santa Fe Plaza, reading, working diagramless puzzles, and cross-country skiing in the moonlight