More than you ever wanted to know about the author…
|Marilyn Brant has been told she writes with honesty, liveliness and wit (descriptors she’s grown terribly fond of) about complex, intelligent women — like her friends — and their significant personal relationships. Although her favorite pursuits undoubtedly involve books, she proves she’s not just a literary snob by confessing her lifelong fascination (read: obsession) with popular music, especially from the ’70s & ’80s, most flavors of ice cream and a variety of sensuous body lotions/oils.
Marilyn is a USA Today bestselling author. In the genre of women’s fiction, she’s written ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books. She’s also a #1 Kindle and #1 Nook bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available exclusively as original ebooks. Two of these, ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE (2011) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013) have hit both Barnes & Noble’s and Amazon’s Top 100 Bestseller Lists. DOUBLE DIPPING (2011) was an International Digital Awards Finalist for “Best Contemporary Romance” and HOLIDAY MAN (2012) was a RONE Award Contestant. Her coming-of-age romantic mystery, THE ROAD TO YOU, was released in October 2013, and she contributed the novella “All About Us” to the new-adult romance anthology ALL I EVER WANTED (2014). Her next release will be the sequel to ‘Perfect Match’ — PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET (summer 2014).
As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She’s been told — and not always with the intent to flatter — that she’s “insatiably curious” and “a travel addict.” She admits to combining these two passions by taking classes in foreign countries whenever possible and, consequently, she’s been able to learn lots of fascinating things in Australia, in England, in Italy and in universities across the United States.
She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a Life Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel featuring “Jane” won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award. Her second novel was a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Alternate Selection. And her third women’s fiction book was featured by the Literary Guild and the BOMC2, as well as by the Rhapsody Book Club, where it was a Top 20 bestselling title in “Fiction & Literature.” She’s a founding member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and is also part of RWA and the International Thriller Writers. She was recently named the 2013 Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.
Marilyn has traveled to 46 states and over 30 countries (so far — she’s not done yet!), but she now lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn’t rereading Jane’s books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she’s working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.