Marian Palaia

Marian Palaia was born in Riverside, California, and grew up there and in Washington, DC. She lives in San Francisco and has also lived in Montana, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nepal, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer. Marian has also been a truck driver, a bartender, and a logger. The Given World is her first novel.

Books by this Author

The Given World


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. No regrets.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing the people I love. And my dog. (No, I am not afraid of my dog.)

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Captain Kangaroo.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "What's So Funny 'bout Peace, Love and Understanding" by Elvis Costello, "Prove it All Night" by Bruce Springsteen, "Back Down South" by Kings of Leon, "Come a Long Way" by Michelle Shocked, "Samba Pa Ti" by Carlos Santana (In no particular order and subject to change daily.)

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Going places with my dog.