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. I rarely used a pen as fine as this one. Mostly, I used stubs of pencils my kids left scattered around the house or ball-point pens with A-One Plumbing on them.


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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Something fun to share at your Thanksgiving gathering is this collection of short stories The Killer Wore Cranberry. This is the fifth course of pure chaos, and I’m thrilled that my story, No Starch in The Turkey, is part of the fun. After the feasting when everyone is stuffed fuller than the turkey, you can pull out the book and laugh off those calories. Give it a try. It just might work!

The Killer Wore Cranberry has been acclaimed worldwide for its wicked combination of humor and Thanksgiving-themed mysteries, and it’s available as an e-book, or in paper. For those who might want a signed copy to give as a gift this holiday season, I have books here that I can autograph and ship. E-mail me at maryann at maryannwrites.com for details.

I am also willing to sign and ship any of my other books that you might want to give as gifts.

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I’m very excited that the novel I wrote about my mother’s life, EVELYN EVOLVING, has flirted with the #1 bestseller list on Amazon several times in two categories. I’m dancing with joy and want to thank all the readers who made this happen.

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 books I’ve written before – closer to mainstream novel than genre.

Available as an e-book for KINDLE and in PAPERBACK  and now in AUDIO
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My Indie release A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck is available for Kindle readers and is free if you have Kindle Unlimited. 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 slightly-distressed 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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Recently, I received a nice note from a reader:

“I have read thousands of books in the past and thought that your books were as good and better than any other that I have read.”

Wow! What a terrific endorsement.

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