Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell was born an indeterminate number of years ago in America’s Last, Best Place. A descendant of kings, pilgrims, Ojibwe hunters and Red River Métis, and possibly a witch or two, she spent the first few years of her life frolicking gleefully in a large backyard that is now part of one of the nation’s largest Superfund sites. Perhaps that explains her early penchant for fantasy and horror – the first book she ever read (at the tender age of three) was Frank L. Baum’s Ozma of Oz.
Fast forward two decades. Marcy graduated from Last, Best Place State University with a degree, not in Creative Writing, as may have been expected, but in Civil Engineering – because even then, she knew writing alone would never pay the bills (her mistake, of course, was in thinking that engineering would). But while she worked as a registered Professional Engineer for several years, she never forgot her true passion, sparked by that early love of books, and in 2005, after more than ten years of writing and submitting short stories and poems, she finally landed her first book contract.
Marcy now lives in the desert in the shadow of an improbably green mountain where she writes dark fiction and poetry, often with her writing partner and husband, Jeffrey J. Mariotte. In odd moments stolen from her family and her writing, she can be found browsing Etsy for unusual Wonder Woman/Donna Troy collectibles or tracing her Red River Métis/Chippewa roots to reconnect herself and her children with their Native culture and traditions.