About Marianne Banks
I felt like the only one of my kind in the small western Massachusetts town where I grew up. In those days being a lesbian earned you a diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the vilification of friends and family. That is why I love the fact that I now write for a lesbian press. The lesbian novels I read growing up really saved my life and helped me realize that I could survive my childhood and eventually make a life for myself. My previously published work includes essays in Eating Our Hearts Out and The Women's Times. I live in Northampton, Massachusetts, with my wife and animals.
My first novel, Growing Up Delicious, took twenty-five years to write with too much time off for smoking pot, coming out of the closet and a raging case of self doubt. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had to have brain surgery that I realized to the depths of my being that I really shouldn't waste my time any longer. I will be eternally grateful to the Universe for providing me with the kick in the buttocks I needed to approach Bella Books and see if they'd give Growing Up Delicious a shot which they did in 2012. In July of 2014 they will publish my second novel, Keepsake Self Storage.
I like writing stories because I like making things up. For me it really is that simple. When I was growing up there were few stories for girls like me about girls like me and I want to write some.
Love has kept Avola LeFebre and May Hammond together for over thirty years, but as far as Avola is concerned, the whole world has just gone crazy. When one of the Keepsake Self Storage units becomes a mysterious crime scene, May’s son abruptly leaves town. But instead of Avola finally being able to share a […]
Jennifer Andersen had a lot of reasons to leave Delicious, not the least of which was her attempt to drown her former sweetheart’s father—the town preacher—in the baptismal font. Away from the poisonous fruits of her birthplace, Jennifer finds peace, a good woman and, for decades, a happy life. Until the phone call. Now Jennifer […]