Marsha Burris has deep roots in the red clay of North Carolina. She grew up in the dairy farming community of Newell near Charlotte, North Carolina. After earning a graduate degree in History at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Marsha engaged in independent research at Oxford University in Oxford England and at the University of Sussex in Brighton England. Marsha taught ancient and medieval history at the University and held the position of Applications Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research at the University until her retirement.

Marsha’s most recent book, The Polished Moon, is a fictional account of the true story of Dorothy Chinnis’ U.S. Army Nurse Corps experience in Europe during the Second World War. The book is based on the diary Dot kept throughout her deployment. American nurses is the subject more fully explored in Marsha Burris’ historical monograph Paradox of Professionalism: American Nurses in World War II.  

In Miracles All Around Me: The Unexpected Gifts of My Mother’s Alzheimer’s, published  in 2014, Marsha shared an affectionate and candid account of caring for her mother who had early onset Alzheimer’s for the last decade of her life.  

Marsha currently lives in her beloved hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. When not writing, she enjoys coffee with friends and travel.