Marianne Gage is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, artist and teacher. (In Oakland in the 1950s, she taught Huey Newton, later leader of the Black Panthers — no sign then of insurgency! This became the inspiration for the Private Faces character Ranie, a beautiful young woman whose brother belongs to the Panthers.)
After teaching, Marianne worked as a portrait painter and printmaker for many years, and many of her portraits and monotypes hang in Bay Area homes.
Born in Oklahoma and educated at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Marianne arrived in the Bay Area in 1952, where she did graduate work at San Francisco State and California College of Arts & Crafts (now California College of the Arts). CCAC is where she met her husband, illustrator Ed Diffenderfer.
Marianne has published two novels with Plain View Press, Austin, Texas: The Wind Came Running (2010) and The Putneyville Fables (2012).
Marianne and Ed have two grown children and three grandsons.