Marian Frances Wolbers was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 14, 1953. She writes novels, short stories, drama, poetry, and nonfiction. Her first novel, Rider, was released by St. Martin's Press in November 1996 under the Wyatt imprint, receiving favorable reviews by Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Library Journal ("recommended for all public and academic libraries"). Her short story "The Rescue" was published in The Southampton Review (Spring 2014); "The Woodpile" appeared in Westview (Fall 2014); and "Carolyn's Supper" is forthcoming in Remarkable Doorways (online literary journal).
Wolbers' most recent novel, Return to Penn's Woods (currently seeking representation) is the story of a broken-hearted woman, Leora, who discovers that she possesses an uncanny healing gift; set in the 1980s, action crosses from a Pennsylvania mountain town with folk-healing roots called powwowing into the New Hampshire woods where an unsettling family mystery suddenly determines Leora's fate.
Two of Wolbers’ dramatic plays, American Beauties and Holding the World, have been produced, in Lewisburg and Allentown, PA, respectively, while a third play, Return of the Sun Goddess, was featured in a staged reading at the First Annual North Carolina Playwrights Festival. Other plays include Red Light, Green Light and The Summit.
Creative nonfiction includes The Message in Migraine: Meditations & Other Natural Approaches for Balance and Total Healing (seeking representation), and Sole to Soul, Heel to Heal: The Art of Intuitive Foot Massage. Other short stories include “The Crystal Curve,” “Contents of a Handbag,” and “The Vegetable Garden (Thoreau Revisited),” among others. Her autobiographical project, The Japan Diaries: A Memoir (1970-71), is in process.