Marianne Curley

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in Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
May 20, 1959

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I loved reading from a young age and scoured my school libraries during my younger years, but I never thought I would become a writer. It was not until my mid-thirties, while teaching office studies and computers to adults at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus that I began to think seriously about writing. I took several courses and experimented with different styles and genres. With two teenage daughters at the time I fell into writing young adult paranormal and have never looked back.

My first four novels, Old Magic, The Named, The Dark and The Key, were published by Bloomsbury Publishing in Australia, the UK, and the USA, with translations into more than a dozen foreign languages.

In 2004, just as The Key was being prepared for printing,
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Yes, it is true, I am writing the Guardians of Time Book Four and I'm excited to get the news out that Book 4 is on the way. It's still earl…more
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Yes, it is true, I am writing the Guardians of Time Book Four and I'm excited to get the news out that Book 4 is on the way. It's still early days, but I will be updating information as the year, and the book, progresses. (less)
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At this time there are no plans for a fourth Guardians of Time book, though I must admit the characters are still alive in my head after…more
Dear Elizabeth

At this time there are no plans for a fourth Guardians of Time book, though I must admit the characters are still alive in my head after all this time. It can be quite difficult for an author to know when to end a series. I have received many requests for a fourth and will certainly keep the possibility in mind. Thanks for asking.(less)
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Old Magic

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The Named

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Hidden (Avena, #1)

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Broken (Avena, #2)

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The Shadow

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The answer is not so simple as a yes or no. If I had to be succinct I would say reviews can both help and hinder. As a writer you hope that you have more positive reviews than negative. Much more. A negative review seems to sit a lot longer in a reader’s mind (and an author’s) than a positive one. The negative review has the capa Read more of this blog post »
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“This wind is mystical yet tame, and it sings to me.”
Marianne Curley, Old Magic

“He says, "I have loved you since the first moment I saw you. I wanted you then, and when I thought you didn't want me, I turned my love into hate."

"Ethan..." Before I say another word his mouth comes down over mine and he kisses me.”
Marianne Curley, The Key

“For a moment Ethan simply stares. Before him is the monster of his nightmares: his sister's murderer, the beast who robbed him of his greatest love. How easy, how fulfilling would it be to take Marduk's life? But the arrow in Ethan's fingers slips to the ground.
"No. even revenge is too great an honor for you."
As the night falls and brings an end to this long day of darkness, Marduk inhales his last staggered breath and his body turns to stone.”
Marianne Curley, The Key

“I sense a deep despair inside this boy that must be hard to live with.”
Marianne Curley, Hidden

“Isabel sends her brother a look that could boil him in oil if she had that particular paranormal talent. A thought hits me: maybe she has. It will be fun to find out.”
Marianne Curley, The Named

“Instinctively, and against my better judgement, I pull her closer to me. She rests her head on my shoulder as if it is the most natural thing in all the worlds to do.
But it's a mistake. I become aware of her heart beating, her lungs expanding with every breath, her skin beneath my touch.
She moves, and her head slides to my chest. Shifting into sleep, she wraps her arm around my waist. Now I'm aware of my heart beating too, slowly, in sync with hers. I know I should push her away. But if my life depended on it, right now, that would be impossible.”
Marianne Curley, The Dark

“I did a research assignment on life in the Middle Ages only last year. I found the era fascinating, all that chivalry and court romance. But I never pictured anything as poor as this village. This is the pits. There's no romance here, definitely no chivary. And it stinks--of sweat and smoke and sewage.”
Marianne Curley, Old Magic

“I recall the look in Rhauk's eyes the moment he spotted Kate. It will stay with me forever, carved into my brain like an engraving on a headstone. It's as if he found something he treasured, something he's been looking for all his life.”
Marianne Curley, Old Magic

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Patrick Munnelly For three consecutive days Goodreads has recommended books based on the Guardians of Time. On my dashboard it has said: "because you read 'The Named' you'll enjoy ..." as well as "The Dark" and "The Key."


Charlie Thank you for adding me as friend. I am honored to be a friend of a famous, good writer. Thank you very much... Continue writing the good books!


Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) Thanks for the add!


Shannon Thank you so much for the friendship, Marianne! :)


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