I have been a professional freelance writer since 2007. For over 37 years I received numerous awards and certificates as an instructor and lecturer.  I continue to help caregivers understand the challenges they face taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's.  

I am an accomplished musician, vocalist, writer, composer and motivational speaker. I am a native San Franciscan but I've traveled the globe and lived in Europe but and I've returned to the Bay Area. I am not only a writer but also a motivational speaker. I wrote my her first book after my mother passed from Alzheimer.  I am a member of the San Joaquin Writers Group and a member of the national organization "Sisters in Crime."

My first book called, The Other Side of Alzheimer's, A Caregiver's story, is an in depth look at what it took form to be a caregiver for my mother. The book was so inspiring that The Alzheimer's Association invited me to speak in Capri, Italy. I shared my story with families who found themselves  as caregivers and who felt devastated by this illness. I've received several awards for my participation. Excerpts from my speech can be viewed on the picture/video page. I had the opportunity to speak at the California State Baptist Congress in Bakersfield Ca.  Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver have sent me letters supporting my efforts to spread the word. Most recently I've been invited by the Alzheimer's Association in South Africa to speak to their community. I continue to share my story to families,friends and everyone who is affected by this disease. I will  continue to do book signings and participating in book festivals.

Growing up I loved a good murder mystery. So I've turned my attention to writing murder mysteries. Her first novel in the Evelyn Jenkins series is, The Gospel Choir Murder. This takes place in Oakland and involves the Oakland CA Gabriel Missionary Baptist Church Gospel Choir. Evelyn Jenkins is a member of the choir and the coordinator the a four-city convert tour. Things are going well until they become in involved in a murder.

The second novel in the Evelyn Jenkins Series is Thou Shalt Kill . Again it is set in Oakland CA. Evelyn Jenkins sets up a booth at the Oakland’s Baptist convention, seeking new clients for her travel business. She never expects to end up in the middle of another murder investigation, or to find herself gazing into a detective’s fine brown eyes.  Evelyn never does hear the dynamic preacher who has become the talk of the town.   

 All books are available at Amazon, B&N, Ebooks,and in bookstores worldwide.


I love speaking to book clubs, church groups and Senior facilities. This can include an in-person visit, a video chat, or a teleconference  If you need a speaker,  please consider me for your next event. mariettaharris@yahoo.com.


Marietta Harris

Author & Motivational Speaker