Marcia Preston grew up on a wheat farm in central Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains. From her father, she learned the art of storytelling; from her mother, a reverence for books; and from Oklahoma's red earth, a love of wildlife and the outdoors.
Writing as M.K. Preston, Marcia is the author of an Oklahoma mystery series featuring Chantalene Morrell, daughter of a Gypsy mother and a redneck father. Song of the Bones (2003) won the 2004 Mary Higgins Clark Award for suspense fiction, and also the 2004 Oklahoma Book Award in fiction. The first book in the series, Perhaps She'll Die (2001), was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and for Macavity and Barry awards in the Best First Mystery division.
The Butterfly House is Preston's first departure into mainstream fiction. Her second book for the MIRA imprint, The Piano Man (April 2006), deals with the emotional and psychological ripple effects of a heart transplant on the families of both donor and recipient.
Marcia earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, taught in public high schools for more than a decade, and worked for a time as PR and publications director for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. For many years, she has edited and published ByLine, a trade magazine for aspiring writers (www.bylinemag.com). She also oversees the farm where she grew up, which was homesteaded by her grandparents.
Marcia lives with her husband, Paul, beside a creek in central Oklahoma, where she bird-watches, gardens and dodges tornadoes.