Mary Mackey, Author Website
Welcome to my website. Here you can learn more about me and the novels and poems I’ve written. You can sample some of my work for free including a story about the night I was swarmed by Army Ants in the jungles of Guatemala and some poems from my most recent collection Sugar Zone which won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. You can also contact me here for readings, speaking engagements, and workshops; but most importantly you can find out who I am and what I write about.
I write about complex characters and polish every sentence. But at the same time, I love to create great stories, particularly stories about strong-willed women who fall in love, overcome adversity, solve difficult problems, and take charge of their lives. Whether she is a priestesses of the Goddess who is fighting off nomad invaders six thousand years ago, a ballerina in Tsarist Russian who is struggling her way to the top, or a nineteenth century woman who has disguised herself as a man to follow her lover into combat and fight in the Civil War, my heroine will always be passionate, smart, committed to social justice, and too stubborn to ever give up.
I love nature and spend a great deal of time outdoors canoeing, swimming, hiking. I’ve lived in the jungles of Central and South America, treasure the beauty of wild places, and think of the Earth as a living being. My novels reflect this as does my poetry which is lyrical, complex, and mystical, yet always completely accessible. I love the sounds and rhythms of words, have a wicked sense of humor, and believe that life is made to be lived to the full, filled with laughter and joy despite its inevitable tragedies. Like me, my heroines are willing to take risks, but that’s not surprising. My motto has always been: “When I’m old, I want to regret the things I did; not the things I didn’t do.”