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Always be Reading. Always be Writing.

I am an Author and I wrote the book, Of School and Women. 


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Always be reading! Always be writing! This affirmation keeps my neuro circuits firing in my old age! It served me well at a young age too -- come to think of it -- that's when I fell in love with a book called Rabbit, and Skunk and Spooks. I must have been five or six, then. This was the first book I read all by myself -- a paperback from one of those Scholastic Book Club leaflets that teachers passed out in school. I read that Halloween story over and over.  I was proud of the sound of my voice reading aloud. My folks were proud too.  Learning to read was a milestone that leveled me up. 


It's never too late to learn to read. I remember my great grandmother calling me to sit next to her, where she proudly announced, "Nana has a surprise for you." She held the newspaper in her hand and lifted it like I had seen her do often when she would browse the paper looking at pictures. "Nana learned to read," she said. She was 78 years old and sure proud of herself. 


Reading not only levels us up, but also keeps stories alive. The saddest of days for books are when they sit dead on the shelf. They only take on meaning when someone reads them.


Anyhow, that's what I do here. I keep stories alive. I read them, write them, review them, recommend them. I blog too. I'm a bona fide book lover. If you like books and stories, I hope you stay a while. You just might find something to read that piques your interest. 

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I'm D.S. Marquis and I was brought up and educated in the United States. I earned my BS in English Education from Florida State University and I'm a member of The Authors Guild. My experiences include work as a property manager, teacher, paralegal, military reservist, a variety of odd jobs, raising a family, and writing and researching my debut book, Of School and Women, a story based on real events, filled with life lessons, and set in the mid 1980s.


The 1980s was more than big hair; for me, it was about dressing up and pounding the pavement -- about showing up, then coming home to slide into my favorite pair of jeans. In 1987 I was a 22-year-old woman who had learned early that life was not easy, and I was determined to clean it up by finishing school. Possibilities were endless. My real-life experiences and those of my friends, were my teachers. Our many close calls, struggles, dreams for change, and near-misses with danger were the stories of our lives. Timeless stories that I wrote in a book to serve up an ounce of prevention to the future.


Near miss situations are valuable. Not only do they make super story content, but by telling them, we serve to prevent similar future catastrophes. Tell your kids near miss stories. They'll learn from your experiences, and if it's too personal, you can always say it happened to a friend. 

If you reached this paragraph, I'm glad you're still reading, and if you happen to be an Of School and Women reader, know that I am truly grateful for you. Thank you for wanting to read my book and for all your time spent reading it. I'm humbled and honored by your labor writing and posting reviews. If a book isn’t talked about, written about or read, or visible by others, it means nothing by itself. Books only take on meaning when someone reads them. So, to you I say thank you for giving my book meaning.


If you are someone who recognizes yourself in my book, I hope I have honored our memories together and mostly I hope I have honored you. For whatever ways my portrayal of you may have been inadequate, I do hope you feel valued and loved.☮️ 


Oh, one more thing... I'll be donating a portion of the profits from my book sales to a charity that supports survivors of human trafficking. To learn how you can help, visit

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