Mary has always had a creative hunger she loved to feed, starting with her work in the darkroom manipulating and producing photographs. When computers changed the landscape of the commercial darkroom, she turned to photography, shooting folk CD covers and knitting books, as well as to gardening, to naming her delightful Australian Shepherd after her music goddess Emmylou Harris, and to crafting her daughter’s crazy ideas for Halloween costumes—a door, a woman sitting in an armchair, and the huge Gimme Five hand the year she came home from school and complained about the boys slapping her back all day!
A few years ago, she picked up LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory and became hooked on romance. Mary discovered Harlequin Superromance and knew she wanted to write these heartfelt stories of love, family, perseverance and happy endings, about very human heroes and heroines graced with backbone, strength of character and hope. She loves that moment when, even though it looks like these characters will never be able to make their love work, they then, against impossible odds, do.
In 2005, she was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. She has since won writing awards and has had eighteen books published. The fifth book in her Harlequin Western Rodeo, Montana, series, RODEO FAMILY, is in bookstores now. Who knew daydreaming could be so rewarding?
Mary indulges her passion for puzzles, cooking and meeting new people in her hometown of Toronto. Follow her on Facebook to learn more about her and the small towns she creates.