Ever since turning 40 a few years ago, Mary has been trying to become harder to introduce, and, at 66, she finds she’s been succeeding. Her conventional resume includes nearly forty  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 additional time to write, do community service and pursue hobbies such as golf, sailing, tennis and bridge.  Read more about Mary…

Latest Posts by Mary

“Starry Night” a WWWF Finalist





My short story, “Starry Night” was a finalist for the William Wisdom,William Faulkner Prize for a short story. “Starry Night ” started out as a NaNoWriMo project a few years ago under the title, “The God of All Grace”, and was “downsized” to a longish short story.

Peace & Joy!







Happy to report that my new novel, HARMONY”S PEACE & JOY, was named a finalist for the William Wisdom/William Faulkner Prize for an Unpublished Novel.  Didn’t quite make the short list, but still nice to have this encouragement for a manuscript which I’m been working on for a couple of years and which has been significantly polished, I think,  since the contest deadline last April.  I’ve been reading it in workshops with Fred Shafer and with Elaine Loeser, and it keeps getting better all the time.    David Bloom has also given me a close editorial read.  The Kinstugi blue pot pictured here is just a teaser!  Nothing happens soon in the book world, but I’ll say it anyway:  “Coming to a bookstore near you soon!”

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



First Look at Cast of Fairways

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









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.