Marie Shield

Location Southern California
Website http://

About Me

Marie retired from her day job to become a full time fiction writer in 2003 and has completed two novels, both are Contemporary Women’s Fiction. She’s a member of the online writer’s workshop Write Stuff Extreme, active in two local writers groups and Zoetrope. She retired from NutraSweet after twenty-five years in marketing and sales to open her own business. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband Michael.
Online Literary Journals
Houston Literary Review – The House Painter - lead story October 2007
West Side Story – Summer Vacation – 2008
Static Movement – My Son’s Wedding – 2007
Linnet’s Wings – Final Goodbye – Winter 2009
Linnet’s Wings – Community Property – Spring 2008
Long Story Short – No Destination – Winter 2008 (Final Goodbye also in this issue)
MYTHOLOG – Hershel & Gertrude – Vol 5 Number 4
Salome Magazine – Christmas Present – Winter 2007
Atticus - Yule 2008 - A Linnets Wings Supplement – Dog Days of Christmas (also published Christmas Present in this issue)
Stymie Magazine – Oy Vey – October 2008 –pages 19-25
Others include: Insolent Rudder – Cougar – Winter 2008, Appolo’s Lyre – Seven Deadly Sins – Summer 2008, Fiction Flyer – Local Boys –Winter 2008

Print Publications
The MacGuffin – Winter 2009 – VolumeXXV No. 2 - Burn Barrel
Timber Creek Review – Summer 2007 - Roommate from Hell
See You Next Tuesday – The Second Coming - An Anthology of Short Stories published July 2008 - Available on Amazon - Hello, I Love You, and Farewell
Mindprints – A Literary Journal – Allan Hancock College - Volume VII – 2007 - Morning Glory
PENsieve – a collection of short stories 2008 - Edited by Davin Malasarn and funded by PEN Center USA and others - Expectations
Curiouser and Curiouser – an anthology published by Daniel & Daniel 2005 - Dementia

Contests & Awards
Black Lawrence Press Chapbook Competition - 2008 Semifinalist - That Which Changes Everything – A Collection of Seven Short Stories
The Westside Story Contest 2007 – Honorary Mention - Summer Vacation
Masks and Mirrors Contest 2007 – Honorable mention - Morning Glory
Santa Barbara Writers Conference 2003 - Excellence in Writing Award & Beginning Writer Award - Women Need Not Apply, a novel
Pariah Publishing – One Chapter Contest May 2005 - First chapter Women Need Not Apply, a novel
Dionysians est. 1935 to support women in the creative arts, Pasadena, CA.
2004 First Place award, first three chapters Women Need Not Apply, a novel

Published excerpts from Unforgivable Acts, a novel
Hello, I Love You, and Farewell – Community Property – Dog Days of Christmas – Expectations

Why do you write?

I'm happier when I'm writing than I am doing anything else, what started as a hobby to fill the time I used to spend working and raising a family I started writing fiction, it has become an obsession.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Ayn Rand, Doris Lessing, more recently Jhumpa Lahiri and Catherine Ryan Hyde and Jeffrey Eugenides. I have a new favorite book every year. This year's would be Middlesex, Eat,Pray Love, The Help.

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