Marianne C. Bohr has been married for over 30 years to her high school sweetheart and travel partner, has two grown children and is the eldest of 11. She started her career working for the French National Railroad (the SNCF) in New York, selling Eurail passes and mapping itineraries for American travelers to Europe. She has her MBA; was Senior Vice President of a book distribution company; served on association boards; traveled the US many times a month on business; attended several international book fairs each year; handled multi-million dollar budgets; ran sales conferences; managed a large staff; and, earned a Masters in Secondary Education.
However, at age 55, all she really wanted was to drop out of the corporate rat race to take a gap year abroad and return to the US to teach middle school French. The pressures of the book business had taken their toll on her energy, spirit and creativity and she’d known for several years it was time to move on. It was time for some unscripted travel and unadulterated adventure.
Marianne is a freelance writer and editor whose article on her gap year, The Year of Living Spontaneously, ran in Bethesda Magazine. She has written extensively on the book business and has been an editor for a broad spectrum of writers, from architects to designers, children’s writers to medical researchers, novelists to memoirists, and of course, travel writers. Marianne currently lives outside Washington, DC where after decades in publishing, followed her Francophile muse to teach middle school French. Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries, published by She Writes Press (September 2015), is her first book.