About the Author

Marie Romero Cash was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to a family that would eventually number seven children, and has lived there most of her life. After graduating from Santa Fe High School, she took a job as a legal secretary, a field that would provide a lifetime of employment. But then, in her mid-thirties, she discovered the traditional arts of northern New Mexico. After twenty years of creating award-winning art, she began to write about it, but decided she needed a higher education to do so. At fifty she enrolled in college and, five years later, graduated with a degree in Southwest Studies. In 1998, she received the prestigious Javits Fellowship to pursue her education.  Since then Marie has written several books about the art and culture of the southwest, including a memoir about growing up in Santa Fe. This novel, her first mystery, is based on the ranch where she spent a lot of time during her marriage to a cowboy. “Don’t get me wrong,” she says, “I’m the last person you would ever picture on a ranch. The alligator boots I purchased in 1987 still look like new!” You can find Marie on the Web at MarieRomeroCash.camelpress.com.

13 comments on “About the Author

  1. Jack Remick on said:

    Hello Marie,
    I hope your novel is doing well. My copy is in transit, so they say. Good luck with it and with your future work.

  2. Jack Remick on said:

    Hi Marie,
    Okay, it took me a while to get it off my reading stack but I have finished Shadows Among the Ruins. It’s a good read. Your choice of Borderline Brenda as killer is a good fit for the introspective, escaped Mormon, and loveless Jemimah. Nice backstory on J with her love-quests going bad. I liked the Killer-Sleuth archetypal scene at the climax and I liked the way you ran the Molly plot track all the way to the end with Molly emerging as a Gal’s Best Friend. Nice touch.
    Sonja surprised me. The epilogue in Brazil. Very good.
    I hope your mystery is moving out there and that you’re enjoying the author’s good life.
    Take care and best wishes with your next adventure. Does Jemimah come back in a series? Or is she out of the picture in favor of Romero?
    Thanks for writing Shadows Among the Ruins.
    Jack Remick

  3. marie on said:

    Hi Jack – thanks so much for the great comments. I’m glad you enjoyed the story line of Shadows. The sequel, “Deadly Deception” is being edited as we speak. (I prefer to send my manuscripts out to someone who doesn’t have a stake in whether I succeed or not, as friends do.) Hopefully it will be published in the coming months. And yes, Jemimah is part of this and the next one, and she continues to find herself in the middle of things and much closer to Romero. I haven’t received my copy of your book from Amazon, but I did receive an email that it would be shipped soon.They must be selling like pancakes! I’m looking forward to taking a break from my art and writing to catch up on some reading. Cheers!

  4. Jack Remick on said:

    Let me know when she breaks out of critique mode and into action again.
    Blood: I have no idea how it’s doing. I do know that I have managed to connect with fateradio.com to come onto a show called The Eclectic Artist Cave twice a month to talk about writing. It’s called Writing Tip Tuesday. I involve the listeners in a Goldberg style writing practice over the air. It’s fun and I get to talk to a live audience about writing. How much better can it get?
    Good luck with Jemimiah’s journey. I do hope she finds love soon though…

  5. Cristina Rodriguez on said:

    Dear Marie Romero Cash,

    I am the Assistant Director of the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University and Assistant Editor of the journal, Diálogo. I would like to connect with you about featuring some of your art in our upcoming issue of Diálogo, Latino/a Catholicism. You can take a look at the Center’s website at: http://las.depaul.edu.latinoresearch. I look forward to hearing from you!
    – Cristina Rodriguez
    PS: I have been looking all over the internet for an email address and your blog is the best I have been able to find! I am also on LinkedIn if you would like to connect.

  6. Mary Lou Walbergh on said:

    Dear Marie,

    I am a friend of John and Peg Pofrisak’s, and they brought me, and my friends Diane and Karen, to your house one day a number of years ago. Diane bought your large lady surrounded by many children, and I bought “Nuestra Senora de la Tilma.” I have since bought three other pieces here and there, so I guess you could now say that I’m a “Collector” of your work. I just purchased a very large (40″) piece of the Virgin, with large halo, arms and hands outstretched, red jacket and cream skirt painted with six stylized flowers, a sun and a moon, and a central column leading up to a small niche (flanked by 2 angels and painted blue inside) with a 2″ Virgin in a red dress, arms also outstretched. If I sent you a photo, could you tell me the NAME of the Virgin? I always like to know the name, and there is nothing written on the bottom. I recognized it as your work, and was told that it was, indeed, a Marie Romero Cash. It came from a New Mexico estate.
    Thank you in advance,
    Mary Lou Walbergh

    • marie on said:

      Mary Lou! Your email just showed up in my Camel Press Blog!!! It must have been hidden for more than two years. I apologize profusely for this unfortunate incident. Please do send me a photo at mromerocash@msn.com and I will be happy to take care of this for you! Haven’t heard from Peg for a long time, and she was having some health problems the last time. I hope all is well with her. Regards. Marie

  7. Marcela Gutierrez on said:

    Ms. Cash: I have read your nonfiction books and now two of the mysteries. I just ordered Treasure Among the Shadows through Bookworks in ABQ. Easy reads and so enjoyable. They transport me to all the places in Santa Fe that I love. I think you are fast becoming the female Tony Hillerman author but with Santa Fe flair and knowledge. Thanks Marcela G. Oh yes, I also have some of your “bultos” and one redero. You are so talented

  8. Matthew R Cordova on said:

    can you please call me 6232627108 I would love to study some Santos from Cordova NM with you I recently Visited Arroyo Hondo NM last weekend and In doing so the ART in that STYLE I LOVE ALL THE ALTARS IN NM I saw it was your work

  9. Marcela Gutierrez on said:

    I finally read Mariachi Murders. Enjoyed it as much as I did the other 3. I hope you write some more mysteries or some other novels. I, along with some of my volunteer friends at the National Hispanic Cultural Center,(NHCC), are looking forward to your visit in October.from what I understand from our leader, Anna Uremovich. Some of the volunteers did not know that you were an artist of many talents, not just writing books.

  10. Marcela Gutierrez on said:

    I finally read Mariachi Murders. Enjoyed it as much as I did the other 3. I hope you write some more mysteries or some other novels. I, along with some of my volunteer friends at the National Hispanic Cultural Center,(NHCC), are looking forward to your visit in October.from what I understand from our leader, Anna Uremovich. Some of the volunteers did not know that you were an artist of many talents, not just writing books.

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