Marilyn J Bakker is a writer and small business owner, who lives with her partner, Wally, in East Auckland, New Zealand. Educated in Gisborne, Marilyn left home as a teenager to further her education at Ardmore Teachers Training College, eventually settling in Auckland. As a young mother of three, she completed a degree at Massey and Auckland Universities, developing a life-long love of history in the process. Work experiences include teaching, sales management, writing, graphic design, print, and small business ownership. A visit to the Netherlands, Ireland and France in 2013 provided fascinating stories of local folklore which the author has drawn on to create a background tapestry for her third book of the trilogy, The Adventures of Josephine Mary Cresswell which is set in the Coromandel Peninsula in the 1950’s. Titles include “Danger at Devil’s Cove”, “The Mystery of the Missing Artefact” and “In Seach of the Tarasque”. Copies are available on loan from the Pakuranga Community Library.