She’s talented and has unique abilities, loves family, traveling, reading, and most of all writing. When she was seven years old her father spent his evenings at the dinner table typing his first book. Sitting next to her dad Marlene began a manuscript, “The Adventures of Kitty Kreidler,” (her family nickname). As she grew, she loved reading and writing poetry, later she began journaling her spiritual walk. At college, she researched and wrote excellent essays. At work, she used her skills in writing handbooks and business plans. When a good friend invited her to a writing club, she decided to be serious and compile her spiritual epiphanies. Her dream during retirement is to travel and write.
With German and French grandparents Marlene was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and is the youngest of eight children. Her siblings, nephews, and nieces live all around the world which makes traveling a double joy. She has a master’s degree in leadership from Andrews University. Her oldest daughter Vanessa lives in North Carolina. Marlene, her husband James McKamey, and her daughter Valerie live in Ooltewah, Tennessee.