About Marie

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Marie Lamba is author of acclaimed young adult novels, and of the picture book Green Green: A Community Gardening Story (co-authored with her husband Baldev Lamba),  illustrated by Sonia Sanchez (Farrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan 2017).  Shelfawareness calls Green Green, pure inspiration,” and the book is a 2017 Best in Rhyme Award nominee. Her newest picture book, A Day So Gray, illustrated by Alea Marley, is out through Clarion Books (2019). Shelfawareness says A Day So Gray is “enchanting” and “ethereal.”

Marie’s most recent YA is Drawn about a teen artist who starts channeling a very attractive Medieval ghost with a very dangerous past. This Outlander-like novel has garnered rave reviews, including being named a Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews, who called it, “a fantastic romantic and tender story that will continue to enchant readers for years to come.”

Marie’s contemporary YA Over My Head, about a teen who puts her heart on the line for a college-aged lifeguard, is also widely praised.  New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry calls Over My Head, “a funny, touching, and at times heart-breaking Young Adult novel about the search for love.”

Marie’s humorous YA novel What I Meant… (Random House) was dubbed “an impressive debut” by Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal hailed What I Meant… and its mainstream story about a biracial teen, saying, “The teen’s family life and struggles will resonate with readers of all backgrounds…leaving readers wanting more.”

Her essay “The View from the Outside,” appears in the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering. And her short story “What I Did…” is in the fiction anthology Liar Liar!   More than 100 of Marie’s articles have been published in regional and national magazines, and she’s a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest magazine.

Marie is a full-time writer, mom and silly person, who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and one rather too interesting poodle. She is also a Literary Agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City. Marie’s a frequent speaker at schools, libraries and conferences, and if you are interested in booking her for an event, you can get more info about this on her Appearances page.

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29 thoughts on “About Marie

  1. Just read your Writers Digest article on Novel Support Groups. Excellent! As a veteran critique groupie of the once-a-month-submission variety, I like your approach. Your group could catch things a developing novelist needs to focus on – plotting issues, structure problems, continuity issues. I wish I had enough experienced novelists in my area to form a face-to-face group. But I do have a couple of great crit buddies with whom I exchange fully completed novels on an as-needed basis.

    Great article!

  2. I am internet stalking you. =] My temporary mother is, like, a hot commodity! I’m sure I spelled that wrong, but whatever.


  3. Hey Marie,
    I am reading What I Meant write now and I can’t put it down. It’s so interesting, and funny and it really relates to everyone of us. I love Sang and her best friend Gina and I was wondering if there are any sequels coming up.

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  7. Hello
    Whenever you published what I meant my step-mom Kelly Thompson was sent a copy I believe either from you or one of her friends that was your friends. She then gave that book to me for me to read. After I read it I realized even though i may be younger than the main character, I could relate to her. I think it’s amazing when an author can create a story that connects with a reader. I just wanted to say thank you. Whenever I was younger i wanted to be a writer but whenever I sent in my story to be publish and got denied I was so sad. Its nice to see someone I know become successful and now that I’m 12 I understNd that better.

    • Hi Taylor,

      Thanks for checking in! So glad you can relate to the character in WHAT I MEANT… That’s so important to me 🙂 I’ve just released another book about Sang and her friends called OVER MY HEAD that you might want to check out!

      Breaking into writing can be tough and discouraging, but the process of writing and of connecting with readers like you makes it all worthwhile. If you love to write, don’t be discouraged by rejection. I’ve had HUNDREDS over the years. You just have to be beyond relentless and keep on going, and you will have success.


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  18. I dropped by for a quick peek and am so glad I did! Your ideas are so down to earth and dished out with good humour. I just gobbled up every tidbit including the wonderful adventures in high tea. (We went to high tea in Scotland, and loved it.) I’m glad to have met you!

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