Bev Marshall grew up in McComb and Gulfport Mississippi. She attended the University of Mississippi where she earned a BAE in English. She married her high school sweetheart, Butch Marshall, who joined the USAF the following year. Thus began Bev’s nomadic life as a military wife. While her husband served in Vietnam, Bev began her teaching career in Clarkdale, Mississippi, at Clarkdale High School. Unable to continue her teaching career, she followed her husband across the country upon his return from Vietnam.
Born in a family of storytellers, Bev penned stories and poems never expecting to become a serious writer. She tells friends she felt she writing was simply a hobby like hubby Butch’s golf games. However after receiving encouragement from a writing teacher in Virginia, Bev began sending out and publishing her stories after moving to Mildenhall, England, where she was awarded the USAFE Media Award for her essay, “Living with the Label D/W.”
After serving as a military wife for twenty-two years, Bev earned her MA in English at Southeastern Louisiana University with a creative writing thesis and began publishing her short fiction as she taught in the English Department. Her first novel, Walking Through Shadows, was followed by two more novels, Right As Rain, and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues.
She served as Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University until 2012 and has continued her writing career, publishing stories and essays in journals and anthologies. Her latest work is a memoir entitled Back Home: A Vietnam Veteran’s Wife’s Short Memoir About a Long War.
After 53 years Bev is still married to her high school sweetheart, Butch Marshall, has one daughter, Angela, a son-in-law Antonio Francalanica, and one grandson, Chess Marshall who is studying acting in Hollywood California. She lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, where a caged live alligator serves as the town’s mascot.