Marian den Boer writes, prays and enjoys life in Hamilton Ontario with her husband and two of their six children. She has three grandchildren who live on a turkey farm with their parents in far-off Hague Saskatchewan. She also has children in Montreal and Ottawa. Enough about the children.
Marian studied journalism at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. She worked as an assistant editor for The Canadian Architect for several years. Then she went on to be the editor of Home, Canada's House and Garden Magazine (circulation 40 thousand).
Over the years (between having babies), she produced and contributed to various newsletters. For approximately 10 years she wrote a monthly family-life column for Christian Courier, a Canadian biweekly tabloid directed at the Christian Reformed community. Blooming found its beginning in these columns. She has also written a number of feature articles for Beacon Magazine, an interdenominational magazine for the Christian community in Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton.
In 2002 she graduated with a diploma from the Gary Whetstone School of Biblical Studies. She volunteers one morning a week at The Living Rock Ministries, a non-profit inter-denominational Christian outreach to street-involved and at-risk youth.
Marian has achieved a Competent Communicator Award and an Advanced Communicator Bronze Award with Toastmasters International. She has also been awarded Steeltown Speaker of the Year and Steeltown Newcomer of the Year(2009) and Best Non Dramatic Speaker in the Steeltown Toastmasters Peoples Choice Awards (2009-2010).
Currently Marian is writing a novel and works part-time for her husband's accounting practice, as receptionist, filing clerk, janitor and gopher.