Marion Cohen was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA in mathematics from Kean University and an M. Ed. from Rutgers University. She enjoyed a gratifying career as a mathematics teacher for 36 years, at the secondary level and at a community college. Her first novel, What the Heart Murmurs was published in 2015. Two of her essays appear in the coloring book journal, C is for Courage by Chloé McFeters. Her essay, Into the Box, received Honorable Mention in the Tortoise & Finch Writing Contest, “On Courage”. Recently she published her second novel, The Life That Sits Beside You, a novel about friendship, family devotion and romantic love as five characters seek different paths to personal fulfillment amidst the backdrop of the changing times for women. Besides her writings, Ms. Cohen turned her attention to pursuing other creative endeavors upon retirement. In her studio, using her collection of antique buttons as embellishments, she designed and sold jewelry, frames, mirrors and greeting cards, all showcasing her colorful, unique buttons. She currently resides in Cherry Hill, NJ. Contact her at [email protected].