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 are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Awesome. This is a bust.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Doc Savage.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm very bossy.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. A tie: Ray in "Something Wild" and Anton Chigurh in "No Country for Old Men"