Marianne Curley was born in Windsor, New South Wales, and lived on a property hugging the Hawkesbury River until a flood washed away the family home and all their belongings.
The family moved to a small farm on the outskirts of Sydney, and with no close neighbours. Marianne soon discovered her love of books, becoming a school librarian at the age of nine.
After marrying and having three children Marianne and her young family moved to Coffs Harbour.
Returning to the work force as a teacher of adult education, Marianne took writing courses, experimenting with different styles and techniques. She found writing for young adults the most challenging and satisfying.
Today she has three teenage children, whose conversations and experiences inspire her writing. They are also her fiercest critics, making sure that everything she writes is authentic, entertaining, and believable.