R.L. Marstellar

writer  |  storyteller


R.L. MARSTELLAR is a writer and storyteller and has been for most of her life. Her career path is a circuitous one defined by detours: Structural engineer—marketing specialist—finance manager—general contractor—personal chef—entrepreneur. She studied engineering at Carnegie Mellon University because she listened to the people who said she was good at math then went on to collect an M.S. in building construction from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. She doesn’t do anything with those fancy degrees today except use them as fodder for her bio.


Beginning with sixth-grade journals she filled with the names of mean girls and blue-eyed boys, writing is the one endeavor R.L. has faithfully pursued. She recently completed her second book, When Someday Comes, a spirited memoir about her midlife meltdown turned culinary adventure abroad. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Under the Gum Tree, Evening Street Review, Midway Journal, and Bacopa Literary Review and garnered their 2018 prize for creative nonfiction. 


R.L. and her husband live in Chicago with their two beehives and a lifetime of books.