Ever since turning 40 a few years ago, Mary has been trying to become harder to introduce, and, at 65, she finds she’s been succeeding. Her conventional resume includes thirty four years of practicing law, first with Sidley & Austin and then with Winston & Strawn, two of the largest firms in Chicago. She was a partner at both in the advertising, trademark, copyright, entertainment and sports law areas.  She retired from the practice of law on February 1, 2015, giving her addition time to write, do community service and pursue hobbies such as golf, sailing, tennis and bridge. She retired from the practice of law on February 1, 2015. Read more about Mary…


Latest Posts by Mary

EVVY Cover Award for OFTA!

Congratulations to David Robson of Robson Design and Susie Isaacs of publisher Ampersand, Inc., on Third Place in the Colorado Independent Press Association’s EVVY  Awards for Best Cover.  One for the Ark was the only fiction cover to place in this category in this twenty-five year old contest. David also designed the cover of Saluting the Sun, also published by Ampersand.  Ampersand also published Courting Kathleen Hannigan.  What a team!

2107 Official Cast Photo for Fairways

 

OPENING TONIGHT, JULY 21, AT STEEL BEAM THEATRE in ST CHARLES, IL.  THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND.  CALL 630 587 8521 for TICKETS

First Look at Cast of Fairways

My musical, Fairways, coming to Steel Beam Theatre in St, Charles, IL, July 21-30.  Get tickets now!

Bronze!!!

So happy to announce that ONE FOR THE ARK won the BRONZE in the Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards.   I am grateful to my publisher, Susie Isaacs of Ampersand, Inc., designer David Robson of Robson Design, editor David Bloom, writing teacher Fred Shafer, proofreader Marian Ossman and so many more, especially all of my fellow workshoppers and writers whose criticisms and encouragements make all my work better.

 

Seen a pink flamingo lately?

  ONE FOR THE ARK will be on display at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago this weekend, at the exhibit by Foreword Reviews.  OFTA is a finalist for the Book of the Year in Fiction.  Winner to be announced on the 24th at ALA.  Wish me luck!

Five Reasons to Move to Chicago to Write

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just wanted to share “Five Reasons” on why Chicago is a great place for writers.  I’d add a 6th reason:  we have a great pro bono organization called Lawyers for the Creative Arts, which provides free guidance and legal help to emerging authors on their rights and responsibilities.