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.

I like to support my fellow authors on my blog with reviews and guest posts. Those reviews cover fiction and nonfiction, and authors can find details by clicking the “services” tab.

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 and other authors about all aspects of books and writing.

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 primarily 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’m pleased to be one of the authors who will be speaking at the Silver Leos Writers Guild Spring Conference, April 27, Saturday, to be held at  TAMU-Commerce Student Center! If you live close to Commerce in East Texas, consider coming to the conference. It’s always so invigorating to get together with other writers and share the excitement of the creative spirit. To sign up, mail the registration fee of $55 to SWLG Conference, P.O. Box 1123, Commerce TX 75429. Workshops start at 9AM.

The following weekend I’ll be at the Winnsboro Festival of Books, sharing a table again with Bill Jones, my coauthor on a couple of history books.

The festival starts at 9am and runs until 2pm at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, spilling out all over Market Street. No books or authors will be harmed in the process. 🙂

The day will include a children’s Story Time led by Nancy Falster and her dog, Stuart, moderated panels of authors of Children’s, Adult Mystery and Adult Christian books, a children’s Alter Dance performance and display tables where authors can sell their books.

I’m so looking forward to being back in Winnsboro to share this fun time with my friends. Hope to see you there.

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Very excited to announce that the novel I wrote about my mother’s life, EVELYN EVOLVING, is now available for pre-order at Amazon. I’m dancing with joy! This book was three years in the writing and two years in the marketing, and it finally found a home with a small publisher.

The story is part biography, part historical novel, and very different from the mysteries I’ve written before – closer to mainstream novel than genre.
The official release date is May 19th, and the price will increase then.
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My Indie 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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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.

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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