About the Author
Marlene Griggs was born on the Fourth of July, 1957 along with her twin sister Darlene. She has spent her entire life in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Peabody High School in 1976.
 

At the age of 16 along with her twin, Marlene had a love for the guitar. That opened another chapter in her life.  Because of the passion in the skill, Marlene and her twin started to perform for correctional facilities, churches, camps, and even played for a radio station.

Since she was a teenager, Marlene has dedicated her life to the Lord. Both Marlene and her twin trained for and became ordained ministers under Velma Clate, of Sheepfold Ministries in 1980. For decades, Marlene has had a heart towards ministring to the Lord and his people. ‘Ulysses’s Diaries’, her first published work, continues that mission.
 
She has five sister and there was never a time where she  felt alone. It was fun growing up; always able to engage in their imaginations by staging a play or a film (musical) down their basement.
 
Marlene, being the first in her family, decided to attend college and graduated in 1998 with an  Associate in Science degree as Word Process Specialist.

In 2004, after being laid off, the Lord presented another path for her to take.  "Ulysses' Diaries."
As she sat there thinking what to do, and how to react to this unemployment situation,  she  heard the title of  her book within her spirit. She asked the Lord what is this story about and this is what He said. 
This story historical fiction is about three African American women who come to full circle finding reconciilation to the Lord Jesus and reconciliation to one another. It's  about Esther the journalist finding diaries of her mother and great great grandmother who is one of Thomas Jefferson's slave. 

The journey of each woman is a simple one, a rewarding one, and a healing one. I would like this book to be in the hands of african american children and anyone who reads it.  I want everyone who reads this story find reconciliation to the God of all gods and to know that his gift to us, His love for us was through Jesus Christ.

In the Word of God it says " Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages , world without end. Amen"  Eph 3: 20-21.