Marianne Mitchell is an author of books for young readers and readers young at heart. She has worked as an elementary teacher, a writing instructor, and Spanish teacher. She has published ten books and over 300 stories and articles in national children's magazines, such as Highlights for Children and High Five. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her writer husband and two incredible standard poodles.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote poems, stories and short plays when I was in elementary school. However, I never thought I'd be a 'published' author some day. I guess I had no idea how books were made and I certainly never got to meet an author. Much later in life as a teacher I wrote skits for my students. That was more fun than grading papers so I decided to dedicate more time to writing. I started with magazine stories and articles and then jumped in to book length stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The spark for my book A PROMISE MADE came from a mystery in my family. One of my great-aunts emigrated from Sweden in 1884. After a short stay with relatives in Omaha, she took a train to Denver and was never heard from again. This bothered me since it was not proper for a young girl to go traveling alone. It also prompted many questions. Why Denver? Did she know someone there? How did she earn her keep? Why didn't anyone keep in touch with her or go find her? These questions had no answers because everyone who might have known her had died. So, to satisfy my curiosity I wrote this story.