Marie Colavito-Gentle is a Medical Administrator in Bradenton, Florida. Raised in West Caldwell, New Jersey; the family moved to Manatee County Florida when Marie was accepted into Ringling College of Art in 1973. She attended Manatee Community College in 1975.
On a part-time basis she created black and white illustrations, as well as logos, that have been published nationwide for children’s magazines, newspapers, and various corporations.
In the 1990’s her interest turned toward writing. In 1998 she experienced a once in a lifetime trip to search her roots in Taranto, Italy, and found herself in a writing frenzy after visiting the ruins of Pompeii. However, unlike the confidence Marie had marketing her artwork, her writing instead, found a home on the back shelf of a dark closet to be shared with no one.
In 2013 after attending a writer’s workshop which highlighted future goals, Marie decided to dust off her short-story, THE GHOST DOG OF POMPEII. Knowing from her art career that matching your product with the right publisher is key; a complex search began. She found a home with a UK editor Rosemary Kind, who owned the publishing house Alfie Dog Fiction. THE GHOST DOG OF POMPEII was included in a collection of short stories THE DAY DEATH WORE BOOTS AND OTHER STORIES published in 2014.
This was the break she needed. The voices started talking and Marie started writing! She is actively seeking a literary agent for her sexy murder mystery, FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT. The sequel, BETTER TO HAVE THAN WISH YOU DID is her current project with an expected completion date of 2017.
Future goals include completion of THE RELUCTANT RECEIVER, the last book on the closet shelf, which, for a new challenge, is written in the first person.
You can find her each Sunday at a quiet spot on Manatee County Beach; patiently waiting to hear more talking voices.