is a writer, editor, writing teacher and tour guide. Marie graduated from Edinburgh University in 2000 with an MA in English Literature. Her first book, The Trapeze Diaries, based on her experiences of learning trapeze, was published by Hanging Loose Press. She is currently finishing up a novel set in England and New York City that is part historical, part futuristic with a hurricane that almost wipes out New York City and is tentatively titled Holly's Hurricane.  Marie currently teaches Memoir and Creative Writing atGotham Writers' Workshop. 

Fascinated by New York City's macabre and little-known histories in her writing and life, she decided to further her interest by becoming a licensed tour guide with Boroughs of the Dead. She created and guides the "Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria" tour and also leads tours for "The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour" and "Forgotten Dark Histories of Lower Manhattan."

In 2000, Marie moved to New York City where she became an editor at Hanging Loose Press, one of the oldest independent publishers in the United States who has published poetry by Sherman Alexie, Ha Jin, Kimiko Hahn, Hettie Jones, and Eula Biss, among others. She is the editor of Word Jig: New Fiction from Scotland (Hanging Loose, 2003) and co-editor of Voices of the City (Hanging Loose Press, 2004). 

She ran the "Planehopping: Scottish Writers in New York" readings series at the New York Public Library. Writers such as Jen Hadfield, Louise Welsh, Suhayl Saadi, Linda Cracknell, Maggie Graham and Zoe Strachan read in the series.

Her work has been published in Hanging Loose, The Brooklyn Rail, Spectacle (circus magazine),, among others and in the anthologies The Best Creative Nonfiction (W. W. Norton, 2007) and Voices of Multiple Sclerosis (LaChance, 2009). She has a story accepted for the forthcoming anthology School of 666 by Purveyor Press (from the creators of She has also been awarded and attended a residency at the MacDowell Colony. 

For several years, Marie served in a role as Director of The Print Center in New York City, a printing company that helped authors self-publish their books and Marie also provided layout and design services for authors and publishers.