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General Information

Name:  Marian Cheatham  

Pen Name: Marian Manseau Cheatham

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History Mystery Romance

Born: 1955 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Cheatham was born in Chicago and grew up in Elmwood Park. She later attended Northern Illinois University for both undergrad and graduate school. She taught special education in Cicero and Elk Grove Village and worked in business at her father's company in Elk Grove Village where she now resides with her family.

Biographical and Professional Information

For the past ten years, Cheatham has been writing YA novels and has been involved with the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), acting for many years as a network rep for a SCBWI critique group at the Schaumburg Barnes & Noble. Her debut novel, Merely Dee, a fictionalized account of the 1915 Eastland Boat Disaster, was published in January 2012. Cheatham has a personal connection to the Eastland story and has been interested in the disaster her entire life. She's created a power point presentation on her Eastland research and how Chicago's greatest loss-of-life disaster effected the city, Cicero, and Western Electric Hawthorne Works.

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-- Editor's Choice from iUniverse Publishing, ''Merely Dee'' Rising Star Award from iUniverse Publishing, ''Merely Dee''