Marlene Cheng


"I'm a book drunkard."
“A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay.
I was born on the Canadian prairies and grew up during the settling of the dust from the 2nd World War. I fell in love with the books in the cupboard (the library) of a one-room school house and carried that love in my book sack through many careers. However, it took the diagnosis of a terminal illness to bring me to my senses and to my passion.
I, now, spend my days and a lot of nights rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet – they call it writing.
I prefer to write Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, but I read eclectically. L.M. Montgomery describes me to a T: “I am simply a book drunkard.”
My fictional characters are great truth teachers: they help me get to know myself; they help me accept who I am.
They tell me that I’m a little odd and a lot imperfect, and they push me to be interesting.
#love #relationships #family #intrigue

Smashwords Interview

Where do you write?
I have a "loft of my own," but my greatest inspirations come with my bullet-coffee, at the kitchen table, at dawn.

The squirrels steal the birds' seeds, a blue heron eyes the fish ponds below, winds move the giant evergreens and I can sense the moods of the Pacific Ocean, just out beyond.

One day, I'll invite you into my private loft (please excuse the mess, I'm working). It has a day-bed, piled with pillows, where you can rest awhile, or if travelling is your thing, you can recline in the chair next to the beautiful, mineral-inlaid World Globe.
What is your writing process?
I do some deep breathing, I look to the heavens, put my hands to the computer and start typing. The characters come, and they want to be heard. When writing "Our Precious Bond," the characters were over anxious and caused a lot of confusion. That is why the book is formatted the way it is. I give each chapter over to one character, and let them have full go. Then, I didn't let them interrupt when someone else was having a turn. It seemed to give some order to a chaotic situation.

When I finished "Our Precious Bond," the characters were still living in our house, so I gave them another go in "74 Cubes of Sugar," which is coming soon.
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Where to buy in print


Our Precious Bond #1 of Bond Series Our Broken Bond #2 of Bond Series

Our Broken Bond

Price: $3.99 USD.

Our Precious Bond

Price: $3.99 USD.


Our Broken Bond
Series: Bond. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,550. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Five-plus stars to Our Broken Bond. Like its predecessor, it is rich with complex characterizations and compelling narrative that puts the reader squarely in the middle of a sweeping tale of duty, honor, love, compassion and hope. -- Publishers Daily Reviews.
Our Precious Bond
Series: Bond. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,390. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Geneva hadn't planned on falling in love that night. She feels a strange vibration circling the space, "as if a wind had blown in with him and hadn’t yet settled." Our Precious Bond is an exquisitely written story of secret love, twin sisterhood, enduring family traditions -- all wrapped in an absorbing narrative just waiting to be made into a major motion picture. Seriously, it is that good.

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