newheadshot-3Welcome to my website, and I do hope you enjoy your visit. Even though my previous cyber home was very nice, I decided that a site that was all inclusive would be better. That way people wouldn’t have to go to different places for my BLOG and for information about my BOOKS and my EDITORIAL SERVICES.

If you would like to contact me for a review or editing, or just to say “hello” you can do so at:  maryann@maryannwrites.com

When I found this picture, I thought it was an appropriate illustration since I did start writing with a pen and paper those many moons ago before computers.


While I now write by typing on a keyboard, I still love the look and feel of a fine fountain pen.

Most days I can be found in my office, typing away on said keyboard, but sometimes other commitments take me away from that daily routine, and I have been known to snarl just a bit when that happens. We writers tend to be a bit obsessed about the need to be working, but it is true that if we are removed from the creative process for long periods of time, we become stale.

We never want to do that.

Stale is bad for brownies and bread and stories.


I’ve teamed up with 40 other authors of thriller and suspense novels to sponsor this Halloween Contest, giving readers a chance to win a $200, $100, or one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. It’s easy and FREE to enter the Fabulous Fall Giveaway. Just click on the LINK and enter at the #1 site for reader giveaways–The Kindle Book Review. Enter now; giveaway runs Oct. 10 – 24.

One Small Victory, is my featured book in the contest, and I have temporarily lowered the price to only 99 cents. Grab your copy now at the super low price.


Calling all writers!

logo-short-help-copy-600x480S&H Publishing, a company I have a story with, is ready to launch a webinar series on October 1. Each month a new workshop will be available, covering all aspects of the craft of writing. The first workshop, which I was able to preview, is on Premise and Structure, presented by Catherine Jordan and it is amazing. I was taking notes as I watched, and will be buying the workbook that comes with it.

Even after all these years of writing, I learned something new!

I will be doing a webinar on editing in June, and you can find a full list of the workshop topics and presenters at  www.sandhbooks.com/online-writer-workshops/


What a nice surprise it is to get a message like this from a reader:
“I’ve only known you to be wrong once, when you told my wife, Denise, that I may not like Boxes For Beds like I did your others.  You seem to span time and distance like none I’ve ever read, more, please.
Can’t wait for more,
Your Fan  Ron Miranda
Thank you, Ron. I appreciate the kind words.


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