Who is Marilyn Brown?

MARILYN MCMEEN BROWN, a native of Denver, Colorado, and a fan of history and historical fiction, studied history and creative writing for her B.A., M.A. and finally MFA. Because her mother painstakingly researched the family lines, Marilyn earnestly studied her direct ancestors—Samuel Adams, George Washington, and other prominent people, back to the kings of England. And as far back as Jeremiah and Adam. “I love reading about them—especially in historical fiction. Good writing makes history come alive.”

Marilyn’s goal has been to offer stories about the unsung West in prose that elevates it to literature.

Marilyn has published many novels, short stories, poems, and even stage musicals, among which include:

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Road to Covered Bridge

Road to Covered Bridge

Road to Covered Bridge, the sequel to House on the Sound, is the winner of the Utah State Fine Arts Novel Award (1991), a suspense story based in truth about the author’s own family escaping the fears of World War II.

When the McKinseys of Bremerton, Washington, decide to make a “bridge-like transition,” crossing from the experiences of war to safety, they arrive in Provo, Utah, only to face a series of threatening questions. Who is America Laughingheart? Who murdered Mrs. Potter? Has “safety” eluded them?

It is Grandpa who gets discouraged first and departs. The family follows. Looking back, they realize that even though their “transition” was rocky, all that truly matters is that they are together.

The Accidental Goodbye

The Accidental Goodbye

Marilyn Brown’s book, The Accidental Goodbye, is based on true incidents that took place in a Utah gold mining town in 1902. When an alluring stranger named Brooker Rose arrives in Mercur, Utah, in 1902, he fiddles his way into Cecily McKinsey’s heart. But there are soon some problems that begin to obstruct their friendship.

When Brooker is successful finding gold in a mine abandoned by a missing miner, the townspeople believe he has murdered someone, and the gossip that begins there begins to proliferate. He and his companion, Ham, are associated with cheating in a card game and other misdeeds. There is some excitement that takes place at the hanging tree, and a wedding that reveals secrets which are also blamed on the strangers.

A moving page-turner, there are twists and turns in this book that will keep readers interested until the last page.

Waking in Tombstone

Waking in Tombstone Waking in Tombstone

This time Marilyn Brown offers a rip-roaring, fast-moving Western. WAKING IN TOMBSTONE chronicles the historic six-month period after the shootout at the OK Corral.

The real-life preacher, Endicott Peabody, who traveled to Tombstone, Arizona, in this time of terror, not only builds an Episcopal church with gambling money, but organizes a baseball team that brings residents together, and gives sermons that calm the restless spirits of a city in distress.

A young girl who is inspired by this preacher's strong principles, maintains her integrity even when she must room at a brothel. There is excitement and fresh language in this new novel, words that describe the Earps and their predicaments in a revolutionary way--finally ending with a murder that symbolizes the sacrifices our Western ancestors made for justice and peace. See Amazon for reviews!

The Rosefields of Zion

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Marilyn Brown's new novel THE ROSEFIELDS OF ZION is a lyrical review of some of the history of Zion National Park, including an engrossing fictional romance and a riveting mystery fraught with dangers of greed, deception and murder.

Marissa Rosefield has four brothers. Her favorite is Michael who play duets with her for their parents' funerals After the parents are gone, the question arises as to the title of the farm. The government wants to buy the farm for the visitor center. It is true that the historic family did not want to sell this piece, but were finally encouraged to do so. The fiction is that Marissa is sent to the courthouse to deal with the government and falls in love with the title recorder. Murder and intrigue follow. See Amazon for reviews!

Fires of Jerusalem

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The siege of Jerusalem by the Assyrian and Babylonian armies in 586 B.C. created devastation and despair. . . especially for Jeremiah and Lehi, who tried to tell the people what was coming if they did not turn their lives around. This Old Testament story is intriguingly told in Marilyn Brown's latest novel.

“Jeremiah’s name is synonymous with a tirade, a long list of evils and social ills. Marilyn Brown captures this all in three words: “Jerusalem was broken.” From that opening sentence Marilyn goes on to give a six-decade portrait of Jeremiah from his first vision at fourteen years old to his hiding sacred artifacts in a hill to his flight from Jerusalem and hiding sacred records in a barrel. In between we see a portrait of Jeremiah as a sometimes reluctant prophet living among dangerous people, and among other prophets, Lehi, Ezekiel, Daniel, Jehu, Zephaniah, Nahum, his Aunt Huldah, the prophetess, and his father Hilkiah, who discovers the lost record of Moses. We see him descending into the valley of the shadow, into the miry pit. We wait for every writer’s nightmare, to watch precious work burn page by page. But Jeremiah comes out of the pit, out of the shadow, and out of the fire come his words.”

Harlow Clark
Literary Critic, Dawning of a Brighter Day

Now available in Paperback or Kindle Edition at Amazon.com

Images of America: Provo

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A fascinating history of scenes in Provo's past was recently published in June, 2011, by the national Arcadia Publishing Company. With Valerie Holladay's help, Marilyn has put together more than two hundred pictures of Provo, beginning with her painting of Etienne Proveau. The volume includes a recent photograph of Provo's tabernacle ravaged by fire.


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Responses to Marilyn Brown's Works

"After hearing many sing their praises of Brown's skill as an author, I finally read one of her books myself, House on the Sound. And sure enough, she is a talented wordsmith: the dialogue all rings true, the descriptions shimmer with life, the characters are fully realized."
-Andrew R. Hall
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"I hope you decide to read this book (House on the Sound). It is written with a subtle elegance that is deceiving."
-Jeffrey Needle
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"I'm glad I read The Wine-Dark Sea of Grass. . . . This is a novel [that seeks] ideals set against a historical backdrop, and I believe the novel succeeds quite well on those terms."
-Scott Parkin
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"Ghosts of the Oquirrhs is not so much a tale of darkess, but rather a dark comedy, a spooky morality tale that kept me reading into the night. . . . The symbolism is powerfully crafted. . . ."
-Jeffrey Needle
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