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Mary-Rose Hayes

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I lived in a remote English country rectory during and after World War II with limited radio, obviously no TV, and frequent power outages. Entertainment was story-telling, play-acting, reading aloud. I began to write stories when I was six years old, and never stopped.

My new novel, WHAT SHE HAD TO DO, draws to some extent on this background. It concerns a young woman’s desperate choice in post-war England, and its catastrophic effects through three generations of a family. It was fifteen years in the writing, with several lengthy interruptions including two 'time-outs' for political thrillers written with Senator Barbara Boxer. These 'time-outs', however, proved to be blessings and let in the light. I realized I’d broken a major rule of st
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WHAT SHE HAD TO DO -- in the wine country! Join me this Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Helena Public Library. I'll be reading and signing and discussing the pros and cons of turning a memoir into a novel. St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena, 94574
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The Winter Women

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What She Had To Do

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