I’ve had a love affair with the written word all my life. I grew up on Nancy Drew, Tom Sawyer and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, eventually graduating to authors like Le Carré, Grisham and Nora Roberts as well as biography and autobiography.
As a kid, summers would find me lounging against a tree in a local park, my bike parked nearby and my current book and an apple in hand. During the cold months, I spent many a happy Saturday afternoon at the library.
It wasn’t until I was in second year university that I gave much thought to the future of my writing. My American Lit prof asked me to stay back after one class. I had just completed one of his (in)famous 600-word essays. He asked me if I was considering going into journalism, because he found my essays tightly organized and succinct. That ability, he told me, would make me a good candidate for reporting. I switched universities and programs, left home, took out a student loan and made my way to Ottawa, Ontario and the Carleton University School of Journalism.
Fast forward “a few” years and, I never did pursue a journalism career but I did become a professional writer and editor. Now, I’m a published fiction author and what is called “a later bloomer” – I’ve reinvented myself yet again. And this time, I am pursuing my true passion: writing novels that tell stories about people who are embracing change and transforming their lives and the lives of their loved ones for the better.
My husband and I live in the foothills of the Laurentians in Quebec, Canada with our three cats and a very large dog. Our daughter is a published non-fiction author. We have one grandson.
Where to find Mary Metcalfe online
Montreal in the 1970s. The Vietnam War is still sparking controversy. The second tide of feminism still washes in on women as Daisy, a flaxen-haired cocker spaniel, recounts in touching, albeit humorous, detail, the story of her life as it intersects with her humans.
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