While Marilyn was working for a large state agency, her ability to write enabled her to be promoted from an administrative assistant to a full-time writer, providing her with four years of proofreading, editing, and writing experience. Her output included magazine articles, newsletters, and brochures. Outside of work, she has written free-lance articles, newsletters, and presentations. Some of these projects were for pay, and others were for community service. Marilyn has edited two books for first-time writers and has just published an ebook describing her experiences living in the Alaskan wilderness for ten years. She has plans for two more books in the self-help category. While working toward her Bachelors Degree, she took classes in both technical writing and creative writing.