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Mary Simses

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I grew up in Darien, Connecticut and started writing stories when I was eight. Although I always loved to write, I never imagined I could make a living as a fiction writer, so in college I majored in journalism. After working in magazine publishing for a few years, I went back to school to become a lawyer. While working as an attorney, I enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a nearby university in Connecticut. I wrote "on the side," at night and on weekends, and several of my short stories were published in literary magazines. Finally, I took the big leap and wrote my first novel, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe, which was turned into a movie called The Irresistible Blueberry Farm for the Hallmark Movies & Myste ...more

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Mary Simses It's tough to pick just one, but a couple that come to mind quickly, which I guess means they must be high on my list, are Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth…moreIt's tough to pick just one, but a couple that come to mind quickly, which I guess means they must be high on my list, are Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Darcy is such a brooding and serious guy and you just know he needs a woman who can lift his spirits and bring laughter and excitement into his days, as well as smart conversation of course. Elizabeth is so intelligent and dynamic (and a good piano player at a party, which should be a lesson to all of us who gave up on music lessons too soon), but she needs a man who can provide her with emotional strength and solidity, not to mention a decent bank account. Throw in an assortment of obstacles and oddball characters, and you have the perfect five-star romance. I also love Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson from A Room with a View. Guess I'm stuck on the Brits!(less)
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)
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 We recently sat down for a candid interview with Cinnamon, a Tonkinese cat who is the assistant to author Mary Simses.


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I’m underpaid, unglorified, and underappreciated. What else do you want to know?


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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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“I'll have a cup of coffee and one of your blueberry muffins." She sighed and looked at me. "Your grandmother was such a good cook. Her blueberry muffins were extraordinary."
"Yes, they were," I said, and I was back on Steiner Street again, Gran and I taking muffins from her tins and placing them on a wire rack to cool, the smell of baked sugar hanging in the oven-warmed air, the muffin tops covered with rivers of blue where the berries had melted from the heat.”
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“Roy. Roy Cummings.” I gazed at the watered-down”
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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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