Inspired by an 8th grade English teacher to make writing her career, M. Marie Lewis began her journey with a love of history and literature. While doing humanitarian work in the Philippines, she made her way across Manila Bay to Corregidor, a life-changing trek that would inspire her to research the World’s War and its effect not only overseas, but also on the Homefront. The opportunity to experience the serenity and grace of the Filipino people she met was a privilege she will never forget. Ms. Lewis currently lives in central Minnesota with her son and a variety of pets. Cottonwood Flowing is her first novel.