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 Welcome to my website, and I do hope you enjoy your visit.

Feel free to scout around the site and read my BLOG and find information about all my BOOKSas well as 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 I do like to chat with readers.

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.

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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.

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I am looking forward to May 5th when I will be part of the Festival of Books 2018 in Winnsboro Texas. The event is sponsored by The Winnsboro News, The Winnsboro Center for the Arts and Gilbreath Memorial Library.

A celebration of all things literary!

The fun begins with Story Walk at 9:30. Performance by Winnsboro Spirit Club. Children’s book panel at 10:30; Young Adult panel at 11:30; Adult fiction/mystery at 2 p.m.; Mainstream to memoir at 3 p.m. – Wrap up from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

A number of Texas authors will be at the festival with books for children and adults, as well as offering presentations about their work. This will be a fun event for families and there is no charge to attend.

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Stalking Season, the second book in the Seasons Mystery Series received top honors in the John E Weaver Excellent Reads Award for 2017 in the Police Procedural Mystery category. The cover design is also in the running for the best cover in that category, so I am doing the happy dance with my editors and my graphic artist. You can see all the winners in the various categories HERE

 

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Calling all writers!

logo-short-help-copy-600x480S&H Publishing has started a sister company Short & Helpful Online Workshops, and I am excited to be a part of the series with a Webinar on editing. The entire series is now available in sets of three, or individually, and workbooks are available as well.

Even after all these years of writing, I learned something new from taking the workshops, Premise and Structure by Catherine Jordon and Writing Memoir by Barbara Carducci.

You can find a full list of the workshop topics and presenters on the website, and they are all very affordable.

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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.
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