Kentucky Tourism

Parsons, Marie

Prestonsburg, KY


NOVEL: The Devil's Back

In 1943, Marie Parsons was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky on Rocky Road in rural Pike County, where she grew up and received her early education. After graduating from Hellier High School, she attended Pikeville College, where she obtained a B.S degree in 1964. Later, she received Masters’ degrees from Morehead State University (1968, 1970) and Ph.D. from University of Kentucky (1981)


Marie started her career as a high school English teacher (1964) and later taught in colleges in West Virginia and Kentucky (1974-2003). During her career, she taught numerous students to appreciate fine literature but never imagined herself capable of creating it. Therefore, she made no attempt to do so until after retiring. Then she started writing short stories -- all having to do with one family -- and these stories soon morphed into a novel, The Devil’s Back.


Marie currently resides in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. When she is not writing, she enjoys sitting on her porch with a cup of coffee and watching the bluebirds in her back yard or simply taking quiet walks around the neighborhood. 


Marie Parsons’ work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.