GirlGeek of the Week
Marnie Pehrson's parents bought her a TI99 computer
for Christmas back in 1981. She was immediately hooked and in high
school, Marnie took a BASIC class. Back then, she used machines
that dialed up to the local university through an acoustic cup modem,
now a favorite geek antique.
In college Marnie studied Information Management, a composite of
computers and business. She fell in love with relational database
design, a new field at the time. Marnie worked her way through college
as an R*base programmer.
In 1990, after having two children and not working for a few years,
Marnie decided to start a computer training company, tutoring people
on computers and hooking up with jobseekers who needed to improve
their computer skills and their chances of employment. This led
to database and software consulting, to writing, and then Web development.
Marnie has combined her love for databases, writing and the Web
to create sites like the writer-publisher matching service at IdeaMarketers.com
and in helping other people with their computer-based businesses
as the president of the International Association of Computer
did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
The BASIC class in high school is where I discovered I had a knack
for them. I really fell in love when I got into database design
How do you earn a living?
Through selling subscriptions and memberships on my Web communities,
self-publishing, Internet revenue/marketing consulting, and a little
side-work in Cold Fusion programming.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
Please, No! I'm a philosopher, a writer and a people-person who
needed a way to earn a living from home in the early 90's and computers
were my best bet. Computers are simply the means to the end of allowing
me to earn a living at what I really love - writing and teaching.
What is your favorite Website?
Well, I don't surf much, amazingly enough. I'm too busy with my
own sites. But if I had to have a favorite, it would be my labor
of love, SheLovesGod.com.
I know, I'm prejudiced, since it's mine, but the people I meet through
there are fantastic. :)
What do you do when you are not working?
Chase five children around and try to keep the laundry from piling
up over our heads. For fun, I like to read when I can find an empty
bedroom to hide in. I also enjoy traveling with my husband and being
What's your motto?
"Everything in our lives happens for a purpose and that purpose
is to prepare us." Spencer W. Kimball
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Sandra Bullock. Sometimes I feel like most of my life is lived
on the Net.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Who is the person you most admire?
Sheri L. Dew. She's an inspirational speaker, writer, and VP of
Publishing for Deseret Books.
When and where were you the happiest?
Here and now... I don't think I've been happier than I have been
over the last year. I'm the happiest when I'm teaching or writing
about uplifting and inspirational topics, which is what I get to
do almost every day.
If you could have one super power what would
The ability to twitch my nose like Samantha on Bewitched and have
my house spotless in a split second.