MARIE

SMYSOR

WATSON

The Prairie Madwoman

I am a lifelong native of rural central Illinois where I live with my husband, our three teenage sons, a yellow lab, and the ghosts of my younger days.  Between the cornfields and prairie, it is a place of its own secrets, which I thoroughly enjoy pursuing in my writing.  A proud graduate of Western Illinois University (Go Leathernecks!), I studied English and Creative Writing.  There, I developed technique, structure, and, most importantly, a thick skin - creative writing seminars are no joke!


My writing has appeared on NPR and in Writer and Peoria magazines.  My first  novel, The Things I Used to Do, is set in rural Illinois and was published on Amazon in September 2020.  I also have a collection of a quartet of short stories, entitled Everything Anything Something Nothing,  coming out in July 2021.  My second novel, Our Own Precious Places, is also set in rural Illinois and will be coming out in late Summer/Early Fall 2021.  Right now, I am diligently at work on my third novel.  You get one guess as to its setting... 

Drop me a line if you feel so inclined. Writing is a lonesome pursuit and we all need human contact to keep from going mad (at least completely).

Thanks for joining the madness!

Image by Jan Huber