| ||About Mary|
I have been writing both contemporary and regency romances since 1986, though my writing began in earnest at age fourteen when I drafted a script for my favorite TV show. While my attempt never made it to the small screen, I eventually pursued writing as a career, first with contemporary romances for Silhouette and later with historicals set in the Regency period.
Raised on the East Coast, my life changed dramatically when I married Paul Blayney. Within six months we moved to a Coast Guard Base in Kodiak, Alaska. It was the first time I had ever been off the east coast. Over the years we lived all over the US including: (in order and inclusive so as not to offend any former neighbors and friends) Washington DC; Kodiak Alaska; San Francisco, California; Muskegon, Michigan; Norfolk, Virginia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Juneau, Alaska; Arlington, VA; Governors Island, New York; San Juan Puerto Rico; McLean, Virginia and Seattle, Washington.
Paul's career gave me the opportunity to experience, in a personal way, the Coast Guard's search and rescue mission where life and death are no more than a breath apart. These events shape my belief that life is best lived with joy, love and a generous heart. Those convictions are what I most want to share with my readers. Family will always play a strong part in my books since, for me, family relationships are as fundamental as the love between a man and a woman.
I chose romance when I began writing because it was one of the few literary forms that welcomed a happy ending. Times have changed and many romance writers have moved on to other genres taking the happy ending with them. As for my plans, I still have many stories to tell and anticipate writing for years to come.