Marianne Maili is a native of Key West, Iowa, a French citizen, and was a long-time resident of Sitges, Catalonia, Spain. During nearly three decades of modeling and acting, marriage and mothering, she earned her PhD. Her first novel. Lucy, go see., was published in January 2018.
Marianne pioneered the acceptance of creative dissertation work in continental Europe when she earned her PhD in The Construction and Representation of Cultural Identities at the University of Barcelona. An American and French citizen, she speaks English, French, and Spanish, and translates from Catalan. Her Certificat de Langue Française is from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. A Spanish Ministry International Mobility Scholar for both her M.A. and her PhD, and a Visiting Scholar at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa where she earned her B.A., she was also an Erasmus Distinguished Foreign Visitor at the Josef Skvorecky Literary Academy in Prague, Czech Republic and a 2020 scholarship winner at the Key West Literary Festival in Florida. For twenty-five years she traveled extensively throughout the world while living and working as model and actress in Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Austria, and Switzerland. She has taught at universities and writing schools in Spain, Iowa, Wisconsin, and California, and was interim head of the French program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She currently lives in Los Angeles.