Marlene has been a passionate reader for most of her life. She won several summer reading programs as a child and her lifelong habit of reading has greatly influenced her writing style. Marlene has had several careers, including Linux system administration, paralegal, legal secretary, drive-thru order taker, and is currently a freelance writer working from home.
Marlene is a graduate of Tarrant County College, loves cats, knitting, good music, cooking, and playing video games. She resides with her husband and an assortment of cats in Cleburne, Texas.
Marlene has a presence on several social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
"It’s evident in all the stories that Ms. Sowder has wisely taken the old adage “write what you know” to heart. The stories I connected best with were the ones that I felt clearly communicated the author’s sense of familiarity, her stories and her experiences." - Katie Lawson, 4/27/2015
“Marlene’s stories are rich in invention, described in exacting detail and accuracy. Her fictional worlds come alive around the reader in a heady mix of familiar details and fantastic originality.
Her characters are limned clearly, and she draws them equally with words of exposition or with insights woven into their dialogue. They are alive with human nobility and human foibles. Always, though, they feel real, as though you knew them a few years back, and you’ve just been reintroduced.
Her stories flow like a graceful waltz through the events and revelations that take the reader, scene by scene, from the opening, through the dance, to the denouement.” – Horton Trask, 4/28/2015