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So pleased to announce that I have been given seven book deal with Pan MacMillan! My first title, Time Passes Time is to be published in paperback and all other formats on May 22nd. A wonderful day for me.
About me: I was born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1945, the thirteenth child of fifteen children. Repatriation after the war saw my family re-settled in Leicestershire where my family lived in an ex-Army hut, specially addapted to house displaced families. I slept in a double bed with three of my sisters, but gradually made it to a bed of my own as each sister left to get married.
I was educated at St Peter's RC School in Hinckley, where one particular teacher, when setting composition titles, used to say to me: 'Mary Olley (my nee name) I want one page and one page only, not a novel!' And yet, another teacher, of whom I have fond memories, Mr Tom Payne, encouraged me to write all I could and even remarked that he thought I would one day be an Author! It took a long time, but at last I have achieved this.
Becoming a wife and mother I held various posts - office work, cleaning, licence trade, party planning, everything and anything to fit in with bringing the kids up. And moved house several times ending up in the North West and eventually taking up a late career in the Probation Service where I served ten years until I retired.
My husband and I (oh dear, that sounds rather royal!)have just celebrated our Golden wedding anniversary and now have a large family of our own. Three of our four children have married and have given us eight grandchildren and four step-grandchildren, five of these grandchildren have children of their own and great grandchildren are ever expanding in number...wonderful!
Amidst all of this, I write. And I love it. I love the planning, the plotting, the character building, the research and that tingly feeling when it is all coming together. I set out with a dream many years ago, now I am seeing that realised. To all my readers, I hope I do you proud. Please come along to Facebook -my page is called - Books by Mary Wood - and press the like button then we will have contact with each other. And follow me on twitter my tweet name is @Authormary. Make yourself known to me, I look forward to meeting you. Much Love xxx