Marlene Wagman-Geller

"As far back as I can remember, it was always on my bucket list, even before the term bucket list was coined,
to be a writer. It was a natural progression to want to go from reading books to writing one."

Marlene Wagman-Geller

The frigidity of the Torontonian winters-not to mention shyness-led to becoming a life-long bibliophile. And, like most voracious readers, at the pinnacle of my bucket list was the dream of seeing my name on the spine of a book. However, until I could pen the Great Canadian Novel, there was the matter of economic survival. After reading The Great Gatsby, I decided to become an English teacher, and to that end, attended York University where I received an Honors B.A. followed by teacher’s college at The University of Toronto. 

I made the great sacrifice of leaving my winter wonderland when I moved to San Diego and currently am an English teacher in National City, California. I always tell my students that dreams do not just have to be for sleeping and several times, in the quest to pursue my own, I sent out my novels to literary agents. The result: enough rejection notices to wallpaper my home. And then serendipity stepped in. 

In 2008, I read Peyton Place and became intrigued by its Dedication Page: To George for all the reasons he knows so well. I turned to Google and discovered that George was Grace Metalious’ long-suffering husband, and their marriage was as tempestuous as the ones in the novel. I then had my Eureka moment—a book that explored the backstories of the world’s literary masterpieces. 

Fired with enthusiasm, I told my husband my idea, and he responded, “Don’t think you're quitting your day job.” Undaunted, I sent out query letters, and after signing up with a literary agent, three days later I had a contract with Penguin Publishers. One of the great moments of my life was seeing Joel’s jaw drop when I showed him my advance check.

Currently, I am working on my 8th book and still have my day job.

Recent Appearances

Date Venue Address
May 4, 2019
9:30am - 2:00pm
Cover to Cover Sponsored by AAUW at the Maderas Country Club 17750 Old Coach Rd
Poway, CA 92064
March 30, 2019
12:00am - 2:00am
Mysterious Galaxy - Local Author Meet and Greet 5943 Balboa Ave, Ste 100
San Diego, California 92111
March 12, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo 12280 Greens East Road
San Diego, CA 92128
February 19, 2019
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Warwick's Bookstore 7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
September 29, 2018
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Barnes & Noble Local Authors Event Barnes and Noble 5500 Grossmont Center Dr #331
La Mesa, CA 91942
September 28, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm
San Carlos Library Session with Marlene Wagman-Geller 7265 Jackson Dr
San Diego, CA 92119
May 6, 2018
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Marlene Wagman-Geller at AAUW's Women in The Arts Event The Oceanside Hills Country Club, 4701 Leisure Village Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
January 21, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Local Author Meet & Greet at Mysterious Galaxy Books Mysterious Galaxy 5943 Balboa Ave, Ste 100
San Diego, California 92111