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Mary Simses grew up in Darien, Connecticut and started writing stories when she was eight. In college she majored in journalism, concerned that she could never make a living as a fiction writer. She worked in magazine publishing for a few years and then went back to school to become a lawyer. Not long after starting her legal career, Mary heard about an evening fiction writing class at a nearby university in Connecticut, and decided to enroll. "From that point on, I was hooked."
Besides writing and reading, Mary loves taking photographs (some are on this website) and listening to music, especially jazz standards by Cole
Although her job required long hours, she wrote at night. "I often stayed up until one in the morning working on short stories." It eventually paid off, as several stories were published in literary magazines. Although she never expected to write a book ("how could I stick with the same story and characters for more than twenty-five pages?"), that changed when she heard something interesting on the radio one morning.
Porter, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael, and Rogers & Hart, to name just a few.
Mary now lives in South Florida with her husband, who is also her law partner, and their teen-aged daughter.She is working on another novel and still sometimes stays up and writes until one in the morning.