Marcia Preston

Marcia Preston

Award-Winning Novelist

Marcia Preston grew up on a family farm and earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Central Oklahoma. She taught thirteen years in public high schools, freelanced for a long list of magazines, and worked as magazine editor and public relations director for The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. For many years, Marcia edited and published ByLine, a national magazine for freelance writers.

Her first novels were mysteries featuring the daughter of a Gypsy mother and a redneck father. Both novels were nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award for suspense fiction, and Song of the Bones won the award. Marcia herself is neither a Gypsy nor a redneck, just a Democrat.

Nowadays, Marcia is most interested in writing literary fiction. The Butterfly House hit #1 on the Heatseekers bestseller list in England and has sold more than 165,000 copies worldwide. Her latest project, The Spiderling, arose from watching her granddaughters cope with the deployment of their father to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Spiderling is due for publication in 2017.

Marcia is an experienced speaker for writers' conferences, libraries, book clubs and civic groups. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and has served on judging panels for the Edgars. She is a past-president and Honorary Life Member of the statewide Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. Her books have been honored with the Oklahoma Book Award and Oklahoma Writers Federation Best Book of Fiction Award.

Marcia lives in central Oklahoma, where she feeds the birds and dodges tornadoes. She keeps a life list of identified bird species and is an amateur lepidopterist.