"A Journey of My Soul."
Coping with childhood loneliness, fear, and abuse, Marly was immersed in solitude and her love of dance. Decades later, memories began to haunt her and surface the darkness she had hidden deep in her subconscious. My Dance With the Devil is a memoir that depicts an accurate tale of courage, strength, and undying hope. In the face of adversity, from gripping, often disturbing, depictions of the dark truths to immense success, fame, and failure. As so many others have done, telling her story is an ancient way of healing. Marly hopes her journey will bring strength and courage to others on a similar path with a renewed spirit and knowing they can survive, flourish, and have a wonderful, incredibly successful life.
Marly's early years were in North Dakota, where she was a trained dancer and pianist. She has a B.A. and M.S. degree and is an educator spanning a professional career of 30+ years as a teacher, a Dean of Business, and a Vice President within the California Community Colleges. Marly thoroughly enjoyed raising a fantastic son as he endured her becoming a published co-author of two dozen computer textbooks. She is a recognized educational leader, author, and teacher of new technologies and has presented seminars to educators at colleges and universities around the globe.
At home in Palm Desert, California, the broad spectrum of excellent music, arts, and entertainment feed her soul. In this stage of her life, Marly believes the spirit of philanthropy is an ever essential and socially responsible duty of giving what, how, and when we can. She serves on the Board of the World Affairs Council of the Desert. For the Palm Springs Writers Guild, she served as President, supporting its 150+ writers pursuing their craft and continues to enjoy their friendship and learn from their professional speakers.
"In this life, I have learned that writing helps heal, puts the past behind us, and allows our souls to soar." Marly Bergerud