Marion Moore Hill was born in Oklahoma and grew up primarily in Illinois and Kansas, changing schools often as the family followed her father's oil-field career. She holds the A.A. degree from El Dorado (Kansas) Junior College (now Butler County Community College), the B.S. from Oklahoma Baptist University and the M.A. from Stanford University. Hill has worked as newspaper reporter, college English and journalism teacher, legal secretary, and ad copywriter. While teaching at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, she married Elbert Hill, who is now a professor of children's literature and philosophy at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, where she has also taught. Their interest in, and friendship with, international students at SOSU led to their opening a small ethnic/gourmet grocery in Durant, which they ran for eight years. Hill likes animals and for years owned a big black dog named Aragorn, model for the title character in "Bear With Me" one of a collection of short stories in Almostly Murder...With Pets. The anthology, published by Padlock Mystery Press, features tales by nine Oklahoma mystery authors who call themselves the Cozy Crime Writers, and each story in the book includes one or more animal characters. Hill's published novel, Bookmarked for Murder, also contains a dog character (the heroine's pet Rip). Two cats currently allow Hill to feed and care for them. "Some of my readers ask if I'm Marion the librarian" she says. "I'm not a librarian myself, but I hang out in libraries a lot. Much of what I do revolves around reading." She is a tutor for Durant Literacy Council, and an inspirational article by her, "From a Literacy Tutor" appears in Ways Women Serve the Lord, compiled by Dolores White Kiser. Hill is a discussion leader for Book Talk, a reading group sponsored by Friends of the Robert L. Williams Public Library in Durant. She has served as FOL's book-fair chairman and for several years read stories weekly to residents of Caddo Nursing Home in Caddo, Oklahoma. She also enjoys cooking--"especially making (and eating) rich desserts." She contributed a recipe for chocolate souffle, much like the one Juanita Wills makes in Bookmarked for Murder, to A Second Helping of Murder, a cookbook featuring recipes contributed by various mystery authors and published by Poisoned Pen Press. The cookbook was a finalist for the 2004 Agatha Award in non-fiction. Hill also likes traveling, especially to sites of historical significance. Trips to Philadelphia are reflected in Deadly Will, a novel to be published in April 2006 by Pemberley Press. Hill has just completed the first sequel to Bookmarked for Murder, called Death Books a Return.
Elementary and High Schools in Kansas and Illinois; Butler County Community College, El Dorado, Kansas, (A.A., 1959); Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, (B.S., 1961); Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, (M.A., 1962).
Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc., and Red River Writers.
Bookmarked for Murder, second in mystery/suspense novel, Craft of Writing Conference, Dallas, TX, 1996; first in mystery/suspense novel, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc., Conference, 1999; first in mystery/suspense novel, Panhandle Professional Writers Conference, 1999; Deadly Will, first in mystery/suspense novel, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc., Conference, 1994; "Mum's and Pansy's Greenhouse" Dagger Award winner, Whispering Willow's Mystery Magazine, 1996; "An Able Defense" first in short story, Panhandle Professional Writers Conference, 1997; third in short story, contest theme: The Resourceful Woman, Tulsa Woman News, 1997; "Salty Ma's Diner, " first in short story, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc., Conference, 2000.
Born in and lives in Oklahoma, also writes about Oklahoma.
"Mum's and Pansy's Greenhouse" short story published 1996 in Whispering Willow's Mystery Magazine; "Bear With Me" in Almostly Murder…With Pets (an anthology of mystery stories with animal characters), published as trade paperback 2002 by Padlock Mystery Press; Bookmarked for Murder (first in planned "Sassy Librarian" series of novels), published 2001 as electronic book and 2003 as trade paperback by The Fiction Works, Inc. Soon to be published as audio book by The Fiction Works, Inc.; "Salty Ma's Diner" short story published 2003 in Red Dirt Anthology; Deadly Will (first in planned "Deadly Past" series of novels), to be published April 2006 by Pemberley Press.
I've been a legal secretary, a college teacher (English and Journalism), a newspaper reporter, and an owner of a small ethnic/gourmet grocery. I like history, especially early American, and have based my Deadly Past series of mystery novels on interesting aspects of giants such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
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