Mary lives in Kennington, a large village near Oxford, with her husband Bill, and their wire-haired Dachshund, Lovejoy. She spent her childhood in the mellow, leafy climes of North Oxford, and attended St Barnabas Junior School in Jericho; a privilege she feels honoured to have shared with such friendly and unpretentious classmates.
Milham Ford Girls Grammar was another story. Being lazy, and academically challenged, she was grateful to show a clean pair of heels. A working life of sorts followed, with a range of diverse jobs, none of which she took at all seriously.
After marriage and two sons, she became a mature student at Westminster Teacher Training College (now part of Oxford Brookes University). Whilst always being a voracious reader it was through her English course that she discovered the joy of creative writing. She describes her work as strong contemporary fiction, born out of her observations and experiences, most especially as a voyeur of ‘humankind’ and an ardent ‘earwigger’. She is also fascinated with the strange and secret life that’s lived within the mind, man’s battle with close relationships, and the profound changes, both social and moral, that have taken place in her lifetime.
Her work has been compared to Susan Hill, Henry Fielding, Virginia Woolf, Joanna Trollope, Anita Shreve, and Pat Barker. (What a diverse list!) Her own most admired writers are Kate Atkinson, Monica Dickens, Armistead Maupin, Colum McCann, Arnold Bennet, and the prose writing of Ian McEwan.
She is a member of the Oxford Writers Group (OWG) Abingdon Writers, and Writers in Oxford,