Author Bio

Marilyn 028-001-4Marilyn Bay Wentz grew up on a crop and livestock farm in northern Colorado, near the land homesteaded by her great-great grandparents. As a child, she was thrilled to learn that she was a small part Native American. Unfortunately, her part-Sioux grandfather, because he was born in the early 20th century, was embarrassed to talk about his Native heritage and probably knew few details because his parents were even more reticent about it. The lack of information led her to read and research Native Americans as well as the origins and historical treks West by the settlers with whom they interacted, and, in some cases, intermarried.

Today she is an avid gardener. She loves to freeze, can and dry food and herbs from her substantial garden and has taken the view that more than one trip per month to the grocery store is too much. She and her family operate Prairie Natural Lamb, raising lambs and marketing them directly. She raises and trains horses for fun and is a certified Colorado 4-H horse show judge and level rater.

In addition, Marilyn writes and edits newsletters and magazines and also handles public relations and promotions for clients, including the National Bison Association and the American Grassfed Association. Prior to establishing her home-based public relations and writing business, she was communications director, first for the National Farmers Union and later for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. Before that, she was public relations manager for the U.S. Meat Export Federation. She started her career in promotion and public relations in 1986 when she joined the Taiwan public relations branch of Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising, then the world’s largest advertising agency. At the age of 21, she spent six months in rural Costa Rica on the International Four-H Youth Exchange (IFYE). She is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese.

Marilyn earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado in 1984. She has two great daughters. Kelly is married and lives in Denver and Shannon is in high school.

Marilyn has authored hundreds, perhaps thousands, of news releases, feature stories and web posts over nearly three decades of her public relations, writing and editing career. Prairie Grace, historical fiction set in 1864 Colorado Territory, is her first novel, and she hopes it will be the first in a series of historical fiction novels set in Colorado. Her goal for her writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, is to entertain, educate and inspire readers.