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Marla McKenna is an author, speaker and graphic designer.

While in school, Marla was involved in music, sports and theater. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism – Advertising and Public Relations. Marla has always been passionate about the creative aspect of writing and graphic design, and her work has appeared in magazines, brochures, newsletters, billboards, DVDs and radio spots, and is now featured in these children’s books, Mom’s Big Catch, Sadie’s Big Steal and her third book in the series, Julia’s Big Win is on the way!

She has loved turning her passion for writing into a career and is excited about the opportunities she has to share her positive message with kids of all ages while visiting schools across the country. Teaching children that dreams really can come true and the importance of never giving up, is the theme she includes in her presentations.

Marla enjoys spending time at the cabin, going to concerts and baseball games, and walking her dog, Sadie. As an avid dog lover, she strongly supports helping all animals find loving homes especially those that have been abused and neglected. Marla is a strong supporter of The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation and has chosen to give back partial proceeds from her books to help Linda and all the dogs she fights for to save and rescue and give loving forever homes to. Special thanks to Rick Springfield for matching Marla’s donations…a truly generous and kind gesture.

Marla is grateful for the loving relationships she has with her family and friends, while focusing on the positive influences in her life and giving back. She finds inspiration in the following quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The real “Give a Dog a Home” dog was inspired by her dog Sadie which you will find as a character in her books along with her beautiful daughters, Julia and Ashley.

SADIE