Marli Sieburger was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil and as a teenager she wrote plays and speeches and became a school teacher. Later, in 1976 she moved to Miami where she lived for twenty-three years. She got married and had her only son Guillermo. She is fluent in three languages, English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and worked nineteen years for the school system. In 2006, she retired. Today she lives with her husband in Cincinnati, OH.