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.

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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.

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My latest release is A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck, now available for Kindle readers – free for KU. This is a humorous memoir, comprised of the columns I wrote for many years for a Dallas suburban newspaper. For a while I was known as the Erma Bombeck of Plano, and I sure had fun airing all the Miller-family laundry.

Also available as a paperback.

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There are three events coming up where I will be meeting people and autographing books. The first is the McKinney Book Festival, September 22 from 9 until 2. There will be around forty Texas Authors there with a wide variety of books for children and adults, and there is no admission charge.

The festival will be held at the Church Street Auditorium, just a couple of blocks from the Downtown Square in McKinney, Texas. The address is:

  • 306 N Church St, McKinney, TX 75069

Readers can sign up on the website and fill out a form to receive $5 to apply to the purchase of one of the authors’ books.

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Next I will be in Decatur, TX at the Decatur Public Library for a series of writer/reader panels as part of the Same Page Book Festival on September 29th. It is also a free event for the general public. For more information and a look at last year’s festival visit the SPECIAL EVENTS page at the Decatur Library website.

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In October I’ll be the Annual Holly Lake Craft Show to be held Saturday,  October 20 from 9 until 2. The Craft Show will be in the Holly Brook Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 3219 FM 2869, Hawkins, TX 75765.

Items for sale in the craft show are all handmade, including my books that I write with my hands. 🙂 I am always impressed with the variety and quality of the items for sale and usually do the bulk of my Christmas shopping at the show.

Maybe you can, too.

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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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