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 am so happy for one of my editing clients, Hunter Murphy, for winning first place in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Writer’s Digest awarded one grand prize and nine first place prizes bit.ly/1pap7B4. His book Imogene In New Orleans won first place in the Genre Fiction category.

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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.

Pleased to announce that Boxes For Beds, is now available as an audio book at Audible.com. It was narrated by Chloe Adele, who perfectly captured the voice of the characters and the Arkansas setting. I have a few coupons available for a free copy in exchange for a review, so if you are interested, message me at maryann @ maryannwrites.com for your code

Production of the audio book for Open Season  was completed and the book is available now at Audible.com. If you sign up for an Audible membership you can get the book free, and I still get a royalty. What a deal.

Plus, for a short time, I have some coupon codes to give-away for FREE COPIES in exchange for a review. CHECK HERE FOR DETAILS

NOW available at  Amazon *** iTunes 

The Thrills & Mystery Podcast includes an interview JD Core did with me recently. If you would like to know a bit about my approach to writing, acting, and working with young people, check it out. If you sign up for the newsletter, you can receive a collection of short stories FREE – mine is “Escaping Raul” – and some other gifts. It is our way of saying “Thank You” to our readers.

Here is a link to another interview, this one in print. It is on the Before It’s News website and was so much fun to do.

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