Mrs. Hinton’s first grade class. Aren’t we cute? And so 1970ish! I’m the little girl in light blue with a barrette in her hair in the top row, far left. I was in love with Mrs. Hinton. Who wouldn’t be with that blonde hair flipping up? I thought she was the coolest.
But this post is really about the Marys in my life.
My first Mary was my best friend. I met her the first day of kindergarten. She had this devilish gleam in her eye that made me know she’d be wild, and as shy as I was, I wanted in on her action. And I was right, she was a lot of fun, and as much as we were opposites, we were friends throughout elementary school and junior high. I moved away from Maryland right before high school. We kept in touch over the years until I went through a hectic period several years back and managed to lose track of her. She’d married and changed her name, and I’d lost her last address. Then we moved, and I knew she wouldn’t have MY address anymore, either, though since I’ve been married since I was 18, I hoped she’d remember my married name, and since I write under my own name, I’m not hard to find on the internet. My only hope was that someday she’d find me…… This weekend I got an email from her. She had, indeed, found me! I was SO excited. She still lives in the town in Maryland where we grew up, and I’m planning to take my kids there sometime next year so I’m looking forward to getting to see her! 😆
She’s the one in the first seated row at the bottom of the picture dressed all in green. Doesn’t she look like a cute little elf? She always had good Barbie stuff, too, and she had her own horse. She was Catholic and I SO WANTED TO GO TO CHURCH WITH HER AND SEE THE CANDLES but my Church of Christ everyone-else-is-going-to-hell parents would never let me.
My second Mary was my sister-in-law. After my mother, she was the biggest supporter of my writing. She died a few years ago, and the last conversation I had with her, when she was dying, all she wanted to talk about was me and my writing and tell me how successful she knew I would be. I MISS HER.
She loved the beach. This picture was taken on one of her last trips.
And in an overabundance of riches in Marys, I met my third Mary when we were both getting started writing. She is one of the most fun and most supportive people on the planet and you’re lucky if you get to know her. We both used to live in Texas and would do lunch and I miss that. She moved to Vegas and I moved to North Carolina, so now we only get to see each other at RWA conferences.
Is this cover gorgeous or what?
I was SO excited for her when she sold to Next. She’s a wonderful writer, and if you haven’t ever read a book by Mary, here’s your chance! Starting today and through Tuesday, Mary will be holding a contest daily for autographed copies of her fabulous first Next, What To Keep, IN STORES NOW! “When divorced Las Vegas blackjack dealer Juliette Carlton inherits Magnolia Hall, a dilapidated one-hundred and forty year old southern home from her long-lost uncle, she’s stunned and happy. Her life has never been messier with a recent divorce and a lost job. She believes the windfall will fix her life; however, little does she know she’s in for the ride of a lifetime.”
Go see her here and leave a comment for your chance to win!! You know you want to.