marleneWhen 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 1st, 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.



  1. Mary Sprague · · Reply

    You look fantastic. Let’s have coffee and talk over old times. Stay well. Your old friend, Mayr

  2. Marlene, it was wonderful to meet you that cold night at the KGB Bar. I really need to acquire one of your books- maybe your set of mystery stories that aren’t really mystery stories. Hope you’re doing well.

    C.A. Shoultz

  3. Keith Hopkins · · Reply

    Hi Marlene, have you ever lived in San Diego?

    1. That must be another Marlene Lee. I’ve never lived in San Diego.

  4. Hi Marlene — how are you??? We met at the NYState Summer Writers Workshop at Skidmore a few years back. Good to see you are publishing!

    1. Thanks, Pam. Nice to hear from you. Are you still writing? Were you in the class taught by Margot Livesey? I saw her at a reading in Iowa City (Prairie Lights) and we both reflected on all those years ago! I loved the summer sessions at Skidmore.

  5. Nope – I was in the Marilynne Robinson/Siri Hustvedt one.

  6. Peter N. Pearl · · Reply

    I was given your name by Bonnie Harris at Brooklyn College. I’d considering the MFA program there, and I’d like to correspond with you to talk about your experience. Please let me know how I could contact you

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