Grambling graduate publishes first book

Marilyn Shorter, a 1975 Grambling State University graduate writing and publishing her first book, Love Has No Ending, is excited.

 The book is the first written under her pen name, M. RéShor. RéShor was known as Marilyn Sudds at GSU.

“Writing! Writing! Writing! I love it, especially writing books and WOW!, who knew that a B.S. in accounting would lead to this,” said Shorter.

An M. RéShor Novel, the first of a trilogy book series (slated for a future film).   

So, where did it all begin, maybe it was her inquisitive analytical mind, going through the empty nest

syndrome (her son had gone off to college). But actually, “It all began at Grambling. First, out of all the

schools I looked at attending, Grambling was the most affordable.”

Several of her relatives had either attended or finished college at GSU, one in particular, her aunt and

uncle Valena and the late Jack Lane. They were so supportive and graciously allowed Marilyn to stay with them.

But mostly, “I remember attending one of the many entertaining events at college with one of my Sigma

Gamma Rho sorors, an event that has always stayed with me. It was a one-actor stage play, Livin’ Fat,

produced, acted, and directed by the one and only Judi A. Mason (now deceased). I was so impressed

with her talent and mesmerized by her entertaining flair—she was brilliant and very funny. It was

watching Judi, another Grambling Alum, who went on to win many accolades including the Norman Lear

Comedy Award at the Kennedy Center that planted the seed during my college days to pursue a love for writing.

And then later our paths would cross again, because when I decided to commit fully to the world of writing, I packed my bags and headed for Los Angeles for film school at Columbia College-Hollywood and to my surprise,

my screenwriting instructor was Judi who also became a mentor as well. What a surprise and blessing.”

Her  book was accepted at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, in Las Vegas where she signed books on Saturday, Oct 17. 

Love Has No Ending is also on under the pen name, M. RéShor. M. RéShor can be followed at for more news and updates.

Shorter is working on Book 2, wrote and produced a romantic comedy, 1-800-Perfect (in post-production), and next year will start working on a new teenage/young adult sci-fi adventure book series.

She says, “I am well over the empty nest syndrome and enjoying life as a filmmaker, screenwriter, and newly published author which all began with a supportive family including my parents and other relatives, a B.S. in Accounting from GSU and an alum friend and mentor, Judi.” She credits all of them for laying the foundation of her storytelling.