Mary Hogan

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Though an Okie by birth, I grew up in Southern California in the era of baby oil tans. Except mine. My youth was filled with sunburns and other red-faced events. Now, I live in the blessed shade of skyscrapers. New York City. Where I was meant to be all along.

At the risk of sounding bigheaded, I love GOOD books. I like to read writers who inspire me to read their sentences over and over just for the joy of it. You know that feeling? Like, wow, how did she think of that phrasing?

That said, I joined Goodreads because I'd become a genre snob. There are good Sci-fi novels, right? Historical? To my delight, I've found that to be true. As in life, when you open up, the world opens with you. Or so said Oprah. Before she abandoned us. :)

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Mary Hogan I was once given the best advice I ever heard on how to eliminate writer's block: write BADLY. Sit down and write sentences you would be too…moreI was once given the best advice I ever heard on how to eliminate writer's block: write BADLY. Sit down and write sentences you would be too embarrassed to read aloud. Because, writer's block is really perfectionism run amok. "If I can't write perfectly, I can't write at all!"
The truth is: even good writers write badly sometimes. They just fix it before anyone reads it. Thank goodness for computers!! Can you imagine all the wasted paper with typewriters?!(less)
Mary Hogan Dana, what a nice holiday gift to receive this note from you! Isn't Johnstown an amazing story? I was hooked the moment I heard about it. So…moreDana, what a nice holiday gift to receive this note from you! Isn't Johnstown an amazing story? I was hooked the moment I heard about it. So heartbreaking, and so avoidable. If you can, visit Johnstown in fall. The Alleghenies are truly spectacular. Johnstown itself is an interesting working class town. Modern and old. Somewhat eerie.

That whole area has been struck by tragedy. Did you know that United Flight 93, the plane that crashed in Shanksville, PA on 9/11, went down only a few miles from Johnstown? The memorial is very moving. In that whole area, you can feel the energy of the brave souls who perished. (I know this sounds very airy-fairy, but you can!) And you will love David McCullough's detailed book. It's where I began my research and I owe a huge debt to his incredible skill as an historian and writer.

In answer to your Q, the novel I'm writing now is a family story, more in line with TWO SISTERS than THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTO. Though I love, love, LOVE the historical fiction genre, a great story like Johnstown has to find you. So much immersion happens, you really have to be almost kidnapped by the story. Unable to NOT write it, you know? If such a story every comes my way again, I will pounce on it. In the meantime, I hope that you like my other novels, too!

Happy Holidays!!

All best,
Mary(less)
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"Write what you know."

That's nearly everyone's advice to beginning authors. From the start, I took it to heart. The first line of my first published novel was: "My father drinks too much and my mother eats too much which pretty much explains why I am the way I am." At the time, I didn't fully understand what it meant to expose your family's secrets to, literally, the world. I remember my moth... Read more of this blog post »
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“Red", I write "is the color of life. It's blood, passion, rage. It's menstrual flow and after birth. Beginnings and violent end. Red is the color of love. Beating hearts and hungry lips. Roses, Valentines, cherries. Red is the color of shame. Crimson cheeks and spilled blood. Broken hearts, opened veins. A burning desire to return to white.”
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“If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live ” “Right here ” Enzo replies. “In your arms.”
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