About the Author
Mari Howard isn't afraid to tackle the thorny ethics of the 21st century. In today's world we seem to be talking about toleration, equality, and avoiding discrimination, yet at the same time, experiencing violence and division rather than diversity. There's a revival of the old science/religion argument, with fundamentalists on both sides. In Baby, Baby, Mari, a writer and painter with a lifelong interest in people and the natural world, aims to demonstrate the pitfalls on both sides, drawing them into in a provocative storyline. "You can try to pick your way through the arguments as a sociologist, a theologian, a philosopher. But for most people, fiction says it far better. By-passing debate, a story goes straight into the imagination. Mari's interests span societal and cultural change, ethics, and the place of spirituality in the post- modern, globalised world. She brings to writing a wide variety of work experience from reading for the Oxford English Dictionary to working in a prep school, as a pregnancy counsellor, and as an occupational therapy assistant, and studied social and political science while raising three (now grown) children. Prior to that, she studied art history and religion. A wry ironic but affectionate humour is evident in her writing. Favourite writers include Alisdair McCall Smith, Marilyn Robinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Sara Maitland, and JRR Tolkien.