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Mary Morris

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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. I spent seventeen years working on my last novel, The Jazz Palace. I think I learned a lot writing that book because the next one only took three years., Gateway to the Moon. Gateway which will be out in March 2018 is historical fiction about the secret Jews of New ...more

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Mary Morris Have a practice. Do it everyday. Like a dancer even if you aren't performing you need to stretch. If you are serious about being a writer, then you…moreHave a practice. Do it everyday. Like a dancer even if you aren't performing you need to stretch. If you are serious about being a writer, then you need to do it seriously. (less)
Mary Morris Dear Eric, I'm so sorry I missed your messages. I don't go on to Goodreads as much as I should. So glad you loved The Jazz Palace. I have just…moreDear Eric, I'm so sorry I missed your messages. I don't go on to Goodreads as much as I should. So glad you loved The Jazz Palace. I have just finished another novel of historical fiction about the secret Jews of New Mexico. It's a novel that moves in time from the voyages of Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Inquisition to present day New Mexico. It's really a story of America. I hope you get a chance to read it. And yes I thought The Jazz Palace would make a great film as well. We got close to a deal but it didn't come through...I'm still hoping something will. Thanks for your notes. I'll try and check her more often! my best wishes, Mary(less)
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Here are just some moments I've captured that still can make me laugh.  So if you could use a good laugh, enjoy!

 Cow standing behind crumbling stone house.



ET at an airport somewhere
Kate on swan in Palm Springs during cold snap.
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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 --
to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women's literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.”
Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers

“He wrote all the time except during those late-afternoon hours between night and day when he didn't know what to do with himself. When work was over and the evening hadn't yet begun. He saw people going about their business, on their way home on the streetcars, walking with the evening newspaper in their hands. He looked at the dull gray of the city as it settled to dark, the clatter of dishes, children's heads bent over books, cooking smells -- chicken, stews, soups -- drifting into the street.
It was in the pauses, in the space between notes, in the slips and breaks, a kind of slow steady interval as if one thing could lead to the next. As if you could go to sleep and wake up and it would be a new day and somehow things would be different than they'd been before. But Benny knew otherwise. Life didn't get better as it went along. It got narrower as if you were walking through a tunnel that was closing in on you, toward a distant beam of light that kept receding. Life got slower and the pauses got longer. Benny didn't mind the day when he was busy, and he waited for the night when he'd go somewhere and listen or play if they let him. It was the in-between time when he felt lost.”
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“It was in the in-between time when he felt lost.”
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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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