I'm a lifelong writer, and if you are a writer, too, or love to read books with a little, or a lot of mystery in them, you've come to the right place!
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Born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, I spent as much time as possible in my early years outside, playing in my back yard and throughout my neighborhood. There were many children my age who lived close to the school, like I did, and we rode bikes and played in Champlin Park and the Bird Sanctuary near Taft Elementary. I wrote my first story in the second grade, and my first 'book,' a spy novel, in the eighth grade while I was a student at Waller Junior High School. (The tv show, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." was big in those days.)
For many years, I dabbled in writing, attending conferences and seminars, jotting down story starts and journaling. Then I worked as a feature writer with The Ponca City News and served a stint as the Public Relations Director at the local hospital before returning to OSU to earn a Masters Degree. My new expertise landed me a job as the Education and Outreach Director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. In that position, I trained volunteers statewide, wrote training materials, and edited the state's membership magazine and volunteer newsletters. I also attended some fantastic seminars in TNC preserves across the country, including West Palm Beach. I also was heavily involved in OKAEE (the Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education), which I served as president and vice president, among other roles. This organization, affiliated with the North American Association for Environmental Education, also held some fantastic conference. A few of those I was privileged to attend included sessions in Portland, Oregon, Cancun, Mexico, and Vancouver, Canada, as well as Boston and Cincinnatti.
Finally, I worked for the City of Tulsa as the Coordinator of the Water Education for Teachers program sponsored by the City of Tulsa, and then as a Communications Officer, specializing in science and environmental issues for the Mayor's office.
In 2009, my first non-fiction educational book for children was published by Capstone Press, Environmentalism: How You Can Make A Difference. Meanwhile, I also did a lot of journaling, writing about nature, and crafting short stories, women's fiction and mysteries.
In 2013, I self-published two short story anthologies, which are also available as ebooks through Smashwords. (See more on my book page.) My first mystery, Cobwebs, was published by Wheatmark in November 2013, the second, Ant Dens, in November 2014 and the third, Beehives, in December 2015. My novel, The Ravine, was published by Wild Rose Press in May 2016.
In October 2017, my stand-alone mystery, Blood on the Cimarron, which I published through CreateSpace became available on Amazon and Kindle.
I just finished Book 4 of the Family Secret Series. It won FIRST PLACE in the mystery/suspense novel category at the annual conference of the Oklahoma Writers Federation in Oklahoma City this year, which was the 50th anniversary of the conference. Member groups from Arkansas, Kansas and Texas also attend this conference. To learn more about this book as I prepare to publish it, please visit by blog at www.marycoley.me.