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Mary Simses

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I grew up in Darien, Connecticut and started writing stories when I was eight. I always loved to write but was too afraid I could never make a living as a fiction writer so in college I majored in journalism. I worked in magazine publishing for a few years and then went back to school to become a lawyer. After I graduated from law school and began working, I enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a university in Connecticut, not far from where I was living. From then on, I was hooked. I wrote a lot "on the side," at night and on weekends, and managed to get several short stories published in literary magazines. Finally, I took the big leap and wrote a novel. I now live in South Florida with my husband, who is also my law partner, a ...more

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Mary Simses If I'm having trouble with a particular chapter, I sometimes start working on a different scene or different chapter, just to get the writing going.…moreIf I'm having trouble with a particular chapter, I sometimes start working on a different scene or different chapter, just to get the writing going. Or I'll call a friend, who is also a writer, and brainstorm with her. I usually have a pretty good idea of where I'm going with each chapter before I write it, which really helps.(less)
Mary Simses The best thing is knowing that I've touched someone emotionally with my words and hearing from readers who enjoyed the book.
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Well, my second novel, The Rules of Love & Grammar, just came out this Monday in Germany (there it's called Der Sommer der Sternschnuppen or The Summer of Shooting Stars) and I'm VERY excited to report that by Wednesday it was number 25 on their paperback bestseller list. I almost fainted when I got that news. On May 31 the book will be published in the U.S. and I'm looking forward to that.... Read more of this blog post »
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“I guess that's the lesson in all of this-not to be eighty years old, looking back on your life, wondering if you made the right choice or how your life might have been different if you'd done one thing and not another.”
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Mary Simses I've been reading On Mexican Time, a memoir by Tony Cohan. It's a lovely book, full of beautiful descrptions of Mexico and really wonderful writing. If you're looking for a page-turner, however, just know that this isn't it. It's slow paced - like life down there - and you just have to appreciate all of its nuances. I was reading the electronic version on my iPad and one day last week I opened the iPad and saw that the glass had shattered. After giving myself a new ipad for my birthday (what an excuse) the internet cable going to our house was accidentally cut by some people doing work outside. So I was without the book for about a week. I'm finally getting everything back together now and am anxious to finish it.


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Mary Simses Jennifer wrote: "Thanks for adding me Mary! :) I am honoured and I look forward to reading your book :)"

I'm still such a neophyte with goodreads - I just realized I had messages here on my profile! Thanks for your note. I hope you like the book. And I hope you will check out my Facebook page, as I've posted photos I've taken and some bits and pieces about my writing. Most of the photos so far are of Maine - the location of my book. They're making me long for summer in the northeast!


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Mary Simses Patricia wrote: "Hi Mary! I can't wait to read your book. I'm very excited about the synopsis and I loved the cover. :)"

Thanks, Patricia! I'm so glad you like the cover. The original cover was a painting of a bakery window with a woman walking by in profile. It was really lovely but the publisher has second thoughts and decided to go with a completely different approach. I think it was a great decision as I love the new cover. I hope you will enjoy the book!


Priscilla Hi Mary! I can't wait to read your book. I'm very excited about the synopsis and I loved the cover. :)


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Lynda I'm looking forward to reading your book! Thanks for adding me.


Jennifer Thanks for adding me Mary! :) I am honoured and I look forward to reading your book :)


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