Marion Suess Ekholm began writing back in fifth grade in Plainville, Connecticut, where she annoyed her classmates with her stories. Once in Plainville High School, she served on the school newspaper as well as the yearbook, and wrote the class poem.
Thanks to 4-H, Marion learned all types of needlework, and won first place in county fairs for her crocheting and paintings. At one point, her interest in making her own clothes for the 4-H Reviews had her considering fashion design as a career.
Marion was accepted into the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where she specialized in two-dimensional design. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles, and settled in Manhattan, where she worked for nine years as a lace designer on Fifth Avenue. After leaving the lace industry, she had a successful career in textile design. She also designed and made vests and other clothing for a local specialty shop. Today, Marion focuses on knitting and crafting.
Music has also been an important part of Marions life. At one time she sung in choral groups and ensembleseven participating in a very far off Broadway production, Of Thee I Sing. At Glendale Community College, she continues to take courses in music and has learned how to play the guitar. Thanks to her studies, Marions musical horizons have broadened to include jazz, rock and roll, and most any kind of music.
As a life-long animal lover, Marion has had a wide variety of pets. She named her cats and dogs alphabetically, beginning with Abby. So far, shes been through the alphabet almost twice!
Marion has lived in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oregon and finally settled in Arizona. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and the call of the road is still sweet music to her ears.
It wasnt until her father died that Marion took a good look at her life. Upon reflection, she realized that shed accomplished most of what shed hoped to do: marriage, children, several careers, a comfortable home and lots of travel. Shed spent years as a leader in both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts which gave her treasured time with her son David and daughter Sandra. But shed never pursued her love of writing. She soon took steps to correct that.
Marion took writing classes, and began a weekly column of church news that eventually led to editorship of a regional church newsletter. She became an active member of Romance Writers of America, and served as newsletter editor for several groups, including Hudson Valley RWA and Valley of the Sun RWA in Phoenix. Shes had dozens of short stories published, as well as essays in Romance Today: an A-To-Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance.
Her first novel with Harlequin Heartwarming, Just Like Em, contains elements she went through when she was displaced for 2 ½ years. An Act of Love was inspired by her interest in music. Forget Me Not includes many DIY projects while living in New Jersey. The blogs to the right include even more bio information
Harlequin Heartwarming August 2016 Box Set (2016) (with Amie Denman, Tara Taylor Quinn and Cynthia Thomason)