Marian Cheatham

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General Information

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Name: Marian Cheatham

Pen Name: None

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

Websites: and



Illinois Connection

Born in Chicago, Marian grew up in Elmwood Park and later attended Northern Illinois University. She graduated with a B.S. Ed degree and taught Special Education for years before becoming a full-time writer of Young Adult fiction and screenplays. She also writes a weekly blog for the Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Now website. Her blog, Everyday Eastland, (inspired by her YA novel, Eastland) relates news, both current and historical, about Chicago’s greatest loss-of-life tragedy, the 1915 Eastland boat disaster.

Biographical and Professional Information

Full-time writer, part-time everything else - spouse, parent, caregiver, chef, housekeeper, and animal guardian. In her free time, Marian loves to read, walk, garden, and travel. She and her husband work hard (and have fun) ticking off items on their Bucket List.

Published Works

Eastland, CreateSpace, 2014

Ruined , CreateSpace, 2014

Titles at Your Library


ISBN: 1495203646
Release Date: 2014-02-06

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Ruined (Stratford High) (Volume 1)

ISBN: 1500335444
Release Date: 2014-07-02

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Marian is available for readings and lectures (power point presentations) and/or book signings. Her standard fee is $250.00. Her novels and presentations are suited for high school groups and above. Eastland would be great supplemental reading for a high school/college unit on the history of Illinois, Chicago, the Great Lakes, or the time period just prior to WWI.

Ruined, Book One in the Stratford High Series, is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Each subsequent book in the series will be inspired by a Shakespearean play. Books Two and Three are due out in 2015. The books are stand-alone novels and need not be read in any order. The Stratford Series would be perfect supplemental reading for a high school literature/Shakespeare class.

Please contact her directly by email to schedule an event.

External Links

Marian Cheatham on WorldCat


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