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When she’s not reading, playing the piano, or talking to other writers, Marlene Lee holds down a table at the Lakota Coffee House in Columbia, Missouri, confronting blank pages during business hours and postponing the inevitable with another cup of coffee.
Before writing full-time, she carted her stenotype machine from place to place (eventual settings for her fiction) in a moveable feast of court reporting: Brookings, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Chico, California; San Francisco; and New York City. She now lives in Columbia, Missouri.
Before court reporting she taught high school, children’s special education, Freshman and Sophomore college English, and vocational school classes in stenotype. Always and in-between, she was writing short stories and novels. These works of fiction have been recently revised, edited, and published by Holland House Books of England.
Two of Marlene Lee’s books were published in 2013: The Absent Woman and a collection of short stories, Rebecca’s Road.
Scoville, a collection of three mystery novellas (“Three Blind Mice,” “Always On Thursdays,” and “Recesses of the Mind”), was published in spring of 2014 under the Grey Cells Press imprint. Limestone Wall, a novel, came out November 1, 2014, from Holland House Books.
No Certain Home, a historical novel based on the life of international journalist Agnes Smedley, was published by Holland House Books in April 2016.
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