Marilynne K. Roach earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and works as both a historian and illustrator. She has drawn illustrations and written how-to and travel articles for the Boston Globe, has lectured to groups ranging from kindergarten to senior citizens, and has written several scholarly articles on various aspects of the witch scare.She is a lifelong resident of Watertown, Massachusetts.
InfoDad Blog, 10/10/13 "Roach shows how thoroughly she has researched her subject...while also giving modern readers something to think about in our own days of social and political witch hunts. Six Women of Salem...will provide a greater sense of the real-world lives of those who engaged in and were victimized by those events." San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, 10/7/13 "The book is super detailed and fantastically informative on the subject...An eye-opening piece of work...Each page drips with an honest and impartial narrative...Roach has done a great job in honoring the memories of these women with a tasteful and harmonious book." Kirkus Reviews, 9/15/13 "[Full of] the author's deep knowledge of virtually every man, woman and child affected by the trials in this bizarre period." Examiner.com, 9/27/13 "Roach delivers a historically intimate narrative that gives readers a front row seat to this desperate and dangerous time in history."--Examiner.com, 9/27 Roanoke Times, 10/27/13 "A focused look at the lives of six of the accused, their accusers, and their neighbors who were part of a dark period in American history." Leavenworth Times, 10/29/13 "A well written novel approach to the witch trials worth the time taken while you await the trick-or-treaters this Halloween." Open Letters Monthly, 10/1/13 "Immediately immerses its readers in the events of that horrible, vertiginous year, a year which almost certainly started off as mere pranking by some mean-spirited girls but then grew into something much blacker and more complicated. Roach immerses her readers through her customary vivid, forceful writing...The seriously inquisitive now have another great book on the subject." ForeWord, Winter 2013 "[Roach's] fact-based insight into these women's lives, along with the moments she breaks into short, fictionalized scenes, puts these lives into perspective, allowing readers to connect with the events in a way not afforded in other accounts of this period...Roach's work will shed new light on the Salem witch trials, not only by showing how the accusers may have truly believed they were bewitched and tortured, but also by making the innocent women come to life." Library Journal, 12/1/2013