MAM a r i a n A l l e n writes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, humor, horror, mainstream, and anything else she can wrestle into fixed form. For as long as she can remember, she has loved telling and being told stories. When, at the age of about six, she was informed that somebody got paid for writing all those books and movies and television shows, she abandoned her previous ambition (beachcomber), and became a writer. Allen has worked as a high school teacher, an executive secretary, an accountant, and in Red Cross Youth Services. She is married, with three step/adopted daughters, one birth daughter, and varying numbers of cats, dogs and Other.She has been published in anthologies, on-line magazines, print magazines, newspapers, on electronic disk, coffee cans and the wall of an Indian restaurant (see Links). Folklore, mythology, and archetypes are basic to her writing. She is a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, the Southern Indiana Writers Group and, when her finances run to another membership, Green River Writers.