Marcia Preston grew up on a wheat farm in central Oklahoma. From her father she learned the art of storytelling; from her mother, a reverence for books; and from Oklahoma’s red earth, a love of wildlife and the outdoors. Writing as M.K. Preston, her first two novels were mysteries featuring the daughter of a Gypsy mother and a redneck father. Marcia herself is neither a Gypsy nor a redneck, just a Democrat.

From this beginning, she moved into general fiction. You can learn a bit about these novels under the “Books” tab, above. Marcia earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Central Oklahoma, taught in public high schools for more than a decade, and worked for a time as PR and publications director for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. She freelanced for a wide variety of magazines for many years and also edited and published ByLine, a trade magazine for aspiring writers.

Her interests include gardening, OU football, and Lepidoptera. She lives beside a creek in central Oklahoma, where she feeds the birds and dodges tornadoes.

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Travel is one of my passions, both for book research and for fun. This photo is from Queenstown, New Zealand. On the wall behind me, a long poem about the history of the region in inscribed on a ribbon that runs through the stones.
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Joshua National Park is home to fascinating plants and rock formations. I visited there while researching for The Spiderling in the Mojave Desert.
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The metamorphosis of butterflies has fascinated me ever since I was a child. Here, black swallowtail caterpillars feed on my parsley plant. I watched them make chrysalises and then butterflies.
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Here is a photo of an adult black swallowtail that I watched hatch.
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Signing "stock" in a London bookstore. I felt like a Real Author!
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This photo with bestselling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen was taken at a writers' conference in Myrtle Beach in 2008.
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The lighthouse on St. Simons Island, Georgia, was one of the inspirations for my novel What Swims Below.
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The Mary Higgins Clark Award was first presented in 2001 and is sponsored by her publisher, Simon & Schuster. The award honors the best women's suspense novel of the year. In 2004 Song of the Bones won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for suspense fiction. I was thrilled that she presented the award in person!