Many people, ideally, plan to go to college after finishing high school, start a
career, and then a family. Not Mary, she married and started a family right away and didn’t think about the possibilities in the world around her until her sons were in high school.
When she first started writing at age 36, she was shy about telling anyone. Finally, she gained enough courage to take a few chapters to her neighbor, a retired high school English teacher. With encouragement, she kept writing and became a member and officer of a writers group. Four of her magazine articles on ghost towns in Northeast Oregon were published and she completed six fiction manuscripts, one of which is MAYA’S GOLD, then A PLACE TO LAND, WANTING MOORE and A RIVER RENDEZVOUS all published by Black Lyon Publishing. Her books, A HAUNTING IN TRILLIUM FALLS and THE BIG GUY UPSTAIRS (an inspirational children’s book) are published through her own imprint, Melland Publishing. Melland Publishing has also published children’s books, EMMA COMES THROUGH and MOLLY’S MONKEYSHINES by author Velma Parker.
Mary graduated from college and taught speech and language classes to K-12 students. Currently, she has retired to write full time. Yes, Mary has taken awhile to make her mark in the world, but she believes she’s just getting started and many other accomplishments await her in the future.