She can remember the exact moment when her destiny to write smart, sexy stories for women began. Her Grandma Margie gave her a copy of Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor and said, “If you have any questions about what they’re doing in that book, just ask me!” Amber had been banned in 14 states and later when it was made into a movie starring Linda Darnell, condemned by the Hays Office, which controlled decency in movies. While Forever Amber is hardly a book for a high school freshman (frankly the heroine makes Scarlett a model of propriety and modesty in comparison), Mary was fascinated by a character that seized life with no apologies … and looked doing it.
After a few minor distractions (unfortunate dating choices and well-intenioned but misguided pre-med studies), Mary committed herself to writing on February 10, 1994 and then sold her debut to Harper Collins Avon A in 2004. Hot Tamara was selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as the Red Hot Read of April 2005. The book wasn’t banned but Grandma was proud!
Latina magazine called Mary “an author to look out for” and selected In Between Men and Names I Call My Sister for the Top 10 Summers Reads in July 2009. OC Metro magazine named Mary one of the hottest 25 people in the O.C. (the first but certainly not the last time her hotness has been publicly confirmed). She has also been profiled in Romantic Times Magazine, BookPinning, Orange County Register, Coast, The Arizona Republic, San Diego Magazine and San Diego Union Tribune.
Mary grew up in a haunted house in National City, CA. She cries every time she sees the movies, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Casablanca, and feels that Joan Collins is by far the preeminent TV villain (which is why Joan plays such a pivotal role in the novel, In Between Men).
A graduate of USC, Mary lives in The O.C. with her family.