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Long Biography

Maria Marshall grew up an army brat, traveling from California to Georgia to Alaska

and many states in between. After attending fifth grade in three different schools, she settled with her mom, dad, brother, and sister in Eastern Washington.

Maria moved three more times, including her senior year of high school. 

Her final move brought her to the Pacific Northwest where she graduated

from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English and then a J.D. in Law.   

ria Marshall Baby picture

Although she has lived in the Puget Sound area for the past 40 years,

she has traveled to Japan, Greece, England, Wales, Switzerland, Hawaii,

Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Canada, France, Italy, Australia, and most of the National Parks in the western US.

Japanese Bridge
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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Sequoia National Park, California
Mount St. Helens, Washington
Josuha Tree National Park
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
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Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
La Jolla, California
Black's Beach, La Jolla, California
Travel Photos © Maria Marshall

After her children were born, Maria stopped practicing law and worked as a teaching assistant running numerous elementary reading programs, a librarian for a small private school, an assistant to librarians in three other schools, and a Girl Scout Troop Leader for twelve years.


Maria is a naturalist, an avid bird watcher and proud parent of two wonderful adults. When she’s not writing, critiquing, or reading (snuggled with her cat), she loves gardening, exploring, hiking, and participating in bird counts.

Unable to quit volunteering, she serves on a number of boards, participates in programs with the Woodland Park Zoo and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and assists with numerous other causes (the Cybils Awards and #50Precious Words).

She’s passionate about using board books, picture books, and chapter books to make reading and nature fun for children.

She lives with her amazing Pixiebob roommate. And they both miss his sweet sister.

Maria Marshall, picture of Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Washington © Maria Marshall

© DV Marshall
Pixie Bobs © Maria Marshall
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