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Mary Mackey

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"New York Times" bestselling author Mary Mackey's published works include 13 novels, and 7 books of poetry including "Sugar Zone" which won the 2012 PEN Oakland Award for Literary Excellence. They have sold over a million and a half copies and been translated into twelve foreign languages including Japanese, Hebrew, and Finnish.

Mary is related through her father's family to Mark Twain. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. During the early 1970s she lived in the rain forests of Costa Rica. For the last twenty-five years, she has been traveling to Brazil with her husband Angus Wright. The rainforests of the Amazon and the people of Brazil have been a major
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Mary Mackey As a university professor who teaches creative writing, I've counseled a lot of students about how to deal with writer's block. This is such a common…moreAs a university professor who teaches creative writing, I've counseled a lot of students about how to deal with writer's block. This is such a common question, that I've posted detailed answers to it on my website at www.marymackey.com. The short answer is that you need to forget the outside word: forget about that critic who sits on your shoulder and tell him to take a hike; forget about whether what you are writing will be published or not published; forget about what members of your family or people you care about will think when they read what you've written; even forget about grammar, spelling, and making sense. Just write. Write fast, write without thinking too much. Once you have something down on paper, you can always revise it. There's nothing that can't be fixed. For a longer, more detailed discussion the secrets for dealing with writer's block plus additional tips, please see:

The First Secret To Overcoming Writer's Block
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The Second Secret To Overcoming Writer's Block
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The Third Secret To Overcoming Writer's Block
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You are warmly invited to ask questions on my website about specific posts or to offer comments. I'm always happy to share my knowledge with other writers.(less)
Mary Mackey The best thing about being a writer is writing. At least that's the best part of it for me. I love to write. I've loved to write since I was a small…moreThe best thing about being a writer is writing. At least that's the best part of it for me. I love to write. I've loved to write since I was a small child. I'm never so happy as when I am sitting quietly in my study writing, creating something, moving into the world of imagination and possibility. My imagination takes me all over the world, through different times, to places possible and impossible. My great joy is offering you a chance to come with me by writing it all down.(less)
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This interview with Independent Bookstore Owner Amy Thomas is part of my monthly People Who Make Books Happen Interview Series. You can read the original interview with images on my Blog at http://marymackey.com

This month I’m interviewing Amy Thomas, owner and in her own words “President for Life” of Pegasus Books, who is going to tell us what independent bookstores do for us and what we can do... Read more of this blog post »
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