Marianne Monique Aleck was born and reared in Oroville, a small northern California town, that treasures - family first. She knew at a young age she wanted to be a writer, but often scratched her head when it came to picking a clear topic. Throughout Marianne's teens and early twenties, she dabbled in poetry and short stories, but a 'novel' idea never came to fruition. Trying to navigate her way through life, and being raised in a blue collar home, an education beyond high school was down played, and looked upon, as a luxury. In the late 1970's, she did attend the affordable local Butte Junior College, but it soon became apparent the price tag of a four year university turned that thought into a pipe dream. Her parents were right, it was a luxury. Assuming she needed a degree to become a writer, Marianne set aside her lofty goal, and for the next three decades became a part of the American work force.
In her retirement, once again Aleck felt the tug to write, but this time the stories of her ancestors were begging to be uncovered. Having grown up hearing extraordinary tales from her French mother, Monique, and WWII stories from her Greek, American born father, Johnny, the search to uncover their hidden secrets was met with child like enthusiasm! For almost four years, Ms. Aleck became obsessed, and the result is her, rich in detail, packed with emotion, and beautifully written family memoir, - The Liberty Club
A first time author and second generation American, Marianne Aleck still lives comfortably in northern California, with her partner of eleven years. When she's not filling her calendar with book signings and related events, she enjoys cooking, going for walks, and running her Facebook page, Oroville Current Events.
Ms. Aleck is fortunate to have dual citizenship with the U.S. and France. The pair plan to travel to Europe someday to visit the landmarks of Marianne's ancestors, as well as meet distant relatives who still live in Greece.