L. Y. Marlow

A survivor of domestic violence and founder of Saving Promise, a national domestic violence awareness organization

  • About L. Y. Marlow

    L. Y. Marlow is the third generation of her family to have been a victim and survivor of domestic violence: a violence that almost took her own life and the life of her unborn child. Her critically acclaimed and inspiring novel, Color Me Butterfly, was inspired by her own family’s struggles. In the book, L.Y. tells the poignant and evocative story of four generations of mothers and daughters haunted by a common specter of domestic abuse, as they discover the strength, hope, and courage to survive.

    Marlow is the founder of Saving Promise, a national grassroots domestic violence awareness organization that was inspired by her granddaughter, Promise, whose life was threatened in a domestic violence dispute. With Saving Promise, Marlow hopes to finally put domestic violence awareness on the map in the same way that breast cancer awareness has been made a national priority. It is through her determination, vision and passion that she plans to raise the bar for domestic violence awareness by enlisting the support of all—from survivors and advocates to corporate executives and social leaders, to join arm-in-arm with her on her journey to end domestic violence.

    Color Me Butterfly has won, been given honorable mention, or has been a finalist for eight book awards, including the National Best Books Award, the National Independent Publisher Book Award, and the Hollywood Book Festival Award.

    L. Y. Marlow has appeared on local, regional, and national television and radio and has been featured in various magazines.

  • Speaking Topics

    Domestic Violence

    In this lecture, L. Y. Marlow explains the seriousness of intimate partner violence and intergenerational domestic violence and its impact on our communities.

    Believing for Much More

    L. Y. Marlow discusses the power of believing in oneself and taking a leap of faith to move from a life of fear to fulfillment.

    Live. Thrive. Be Free.

    Marlow inspires the audience to break away from the status quo and embrace their life’s purpose and passion and learn to Live. Thrive. Be free.

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  • Praise for L. Y. Marlow

    Praise for Color Me Butterfly

    With a clear and courageous voice, L.Y. Marlow reveals the unspeakable horrors of a family’s legacy. After four generations of women and children are held captive within a dark chrysalis of domestic violence, one of them finds the strength to break free. Color Me Butterfly is a haunting journey that ultimately leads toward miraculous healing and renewed spirit.

    Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycut
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  • L. Y. Marlow travels from Ellicott City, MD