So glad you could stop by. Who is Marilu is not such an easy question to answer. We have two answers. First up is the official bio.
Marilu Mann brings the steaminess of the Louisiana bayous to her books and she doesn’t stop there. Marilu’s willing to travel to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin to heat up those northern nights and melt a little snow. She’ll also circle the world to Wales, Ireland, Scotland and back just to bring you books that make you sweat.
Currently residing in Texas, Marilu is an avid armchair traveler. Her sexy shifters will set your blood to boiling in no time. Owned by one Diva Daughter and various animals, Marilu keeps busy writing the novels her readers beg for.
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The real bio is below.
Cai Smith and Stephanie Lynch met at Indian Creek Girl Scout camp in Louisiana. They were both there to become instructors in the Red Cross canoeing course, but unfortunately everyone else was there for a basic canoeing course. So Cai and Stephanie were thrown together by the whims of fate, not to mention a buff, good looking teacher, to practice their strokes.
Through a series of mishaps – including overturned canoes, a lopsided race, and a Three Musketeers candy bar (no, we will NOT go there!) – they discovered that they were living only a few streets apart and would be attending the same high school. Thus was born a friendship that has lasted through marriage / divorce / childbirth / and various and sundry other natural disasters.
Cai and Stephanie kept in touch via phone and cards, but it wasn’t until the advent of the Internet that they got serious about writing. Both have written all their lives. Both have always wanted to be an author. One email series kicked off their first manuscript which they finished as a rough draft (VERY rough draft) in three and a half months. Stephanie attended the RWA National Conference in Denver in 2002, and had the opportunity to pitch that first novel to an editor who requested a full. Not bad for a first pitch,eh? Though it was (nicely) rejected, they were started on a quest for publication.
Writing as Marilu Mann, they took the contest plunge in 2005. One manuscript placed in six contests and won two others. The winning manuscript was requested by two editors and two agents. This manuscript was eventually published in 2008 and is being updated for re-release in 2017.. Marilu Mann is moving into the self-publishing field as of 2017.