Nancy Hicks Marshall is an advocate for fairness and respect for all creatures, human and others.

Nancy Hicks Marshall was born in New York City, grew up in a Long Island suburb, and has lived her adult life in the cities of Washington, D.C., New York City, and Phoenix, Arizona. As an urbanite, she has explored urban professions: teaching, affordable housing, the practice of law in the Juvenile Court.

          Yet she has also had the privilege to live close to and experience nature in many forms. Her childhood home backed up to the tidal marshes of southern Long Island, where herons and pheasants frequented the back yard or nearby trees. She thrived in summer camp on a lake in western Maine, where the counselors took the girls on nature walks and across the Presidential Range of New Hampshire. While working in New York City, she hiked many a trail with the Appalachian Mountain Club, encountering her first deer and rattlesnake.

          Arizona, Marshall’s home for over forty years, is a region of many National Parks and Forests, Native American lands, and diverse ecosystems. She had the good fortune to visit the Prescott National Forest over the course of the decades with her husband and children, and they all encountered the wild animals described in A Rattler’s Tale.


One of Marshall’s abiding concerns is fairness and respect for all creatures, human and others. A Rattler’s Tale seeks a balance between wild animals in the forest and the humans that visit their home. Other books may focus on respect for individuals, and the struggles against abuse of political or personal power.