Marian Webb Betts is a Storyteller, whether using a pen and paper, a paint brush or a camera, or any digital format, too.
Growing up in the South Sudan, Africa, Marian’s family had none of the modern means of entertainment such as television, radio or libraries. For evening entertainment her Father, E. Alan Webb made up stories about adventures based on his own experiences: traveling the savannah, hiking the jungle, fishing in the Nile River, interacting with the different tribes and animals he encountered, and which we well knew. A rich tapestry of sight, sound – and odors.
Moving to Khartoum, Sudan, Marian was able to access the British Library, reading and rereading books such as Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, and Robin Hood, and Enid Blyton’s children’s adventure series (similar to the Nancy Drew series). Her favorite adult author is Lady Mary Stewart whose descriptive writing will transport you to the land of her stories.
Marian married an airman who she met at Southern Illinois University. During the seven years they were married, he was stationed at five different bases in England, the US, and Viet Nam. While they were in England, Marian took advantage of the galleries, museums and libraries to study the masters, archeology, anthropology, biology, and history.
Returning to the SIU while her husband was in Viet Nam, she attended classes in Graphic Layout & Design, Illustration, Photography and Black & White Photo development as well as four-color screen printing.
Settling in Sacramento, CA after her husband left, Marian continued her studies in Photography and Darkroom Techniques, Fashion Design & Construction, as well as Interior Design & Development. Hiring on to Pacific Bell as a Manual Drafter, Marian was accredited in Civil Drafting, Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Once her two children were happily married and ensconced in California, Marian returned to the Midwest where she discovered her heartfelt home. Here she returned to school as she continued to work and received her ASS in IT/Web Design.
Now she is retired, Marian divides her time between Wildlife Photography, Digital Art and writing. Because she grew up in the Sudan, Marian spoke and read both English and American (yes there is a difference!), French and Arabic, plus several Sudanese dialects in her very early years. Her parents were upper middleclass English with very good educations. Her Father, E. Alan Webb was an English and Bible Professor and her Mother, Phyllis (Hawkins) Webb was an accomplished poet and songwriter. Marian’s English grammar is excellent, although she’s very thankful for SpellCheck as her spelling is atrocious as she gets her languages mixed up at times.
Although Marian’s pleasure writing is historical adventure stories, she also has experience creating and writing her own syllabi for her sewing classes, Standard Operating Procedures for small businesses and nfp companies, catalogs, newsletters and instructional and just-for-fun articles.
Marian’s first novel was published last December and may be purchased on Amazon or Barnes & Nobles. Its titled is RUBY HEART: The Legend Begins, and as the title suggests, it is the beginning of a series with the second book due out in December 2018. Read more about the series under the "Books" tab.