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I was born in Chicago and, though I have lived in New York for many years, my roots are still in the Midwest and many of my stories are set there. As a writer my closest influences are Willa Cather and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I travel as much as I can and travel fuels everything I do. When I travel, I keep extensive journals which are handwritten and include watercolors, collage as well as text. All my writing begins in these journals. I tend to move between fiction and nonfiction. My last book, THE RIVER QUEEN, took me down the Mississippi River with two crazy river pilots, named Tom and Jerry. Now I am returning to the world of stories where my writing began.


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“The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives --
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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
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“Memories mean more to me than dresses.”
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message 5: by Saxon

Saxon Henry Hi Mary:

Glad to be connected. I listed your site on my blog http://theroadtopromise.blogspot.com/

Saxon


message 4: by Mary

Mary Morris I am good. At Kate's graduation this weekend, then back in NYC. Yes, come see me in NY. We'll have lunch at MOMA!


message 3: by Beth

Beth Loved seeing your books here today — we have the exact same taste. I LOVED March, I thought OK was spectacular (and I met her at Swarthmore recently) and had the same reaction to Brief Wondrous.

HOw are you doing?


message 2: by Beth

Beth Hello, Miss Mary. So glad to see you here. And I have tucked into your head my desire to come see you and your kind invitation regarding the same. I await spring and a long-hoped for trip to NYC.


message 1: by Mary

Mary Morris Margaret wrote: "Hi, Mary! Found a wonderful paper describing the library of Pope Sixtus IV the other day, and am about to incorporate some of the details into a scene. Hope your writing is going well, too."


Hi Margaret, nice to hear from you. You know this student of mine has set up an online classroom for me with my private class and I'm thinking of doing the same for our Key West group. What do you think??? All I'm reading is school work these days, alas! I need something good. hope you are well. Mary



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