Mary Hanford Bruce's poems and stories have been published in the United States, Brussels, Israel, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. The second edition of her poetry collection, Holding to the Light, was released early in 2003. Dr. Sally's Voodoo Man is her first novel, inspired in part by her two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Cameroon. The award-winning poet is Professor of English at Monmouth College, Illinois where she teaches Creative Writing. She has two more Dr. Sally adventures in the works:
Dr. Sally’s Mossad Man
Dr Sally’s Muscovite Man.
She is nearing completing of a nonfiction work, I Remember Germany. This is how she introdues that work, which is of high post-World War II historical interest:
I Remember Germany when the buildings were rubble, the country split by four nations and both conquerors and conquered hungry. Yet, as a ten-year-old thrust into post-war wrangling over the assets of Alfried Krupp, Hitler’s financier, I was hungry for understanding, not food. For two fateful years I played in Villa Hugel, Krupp’s palace, where the allies had offices, so was “the fly on the wall” during international decision-making. As I played Jacks in the Great Hall, I sensed confusion and evil underlying smooth diplomatic surfaces. When the mission crumbled because of a desperate move by our government to mitigate Cold War threat, I felt sad but not surprised.
The author was born in Washington, DC and brought up in Europe and the Southwestern United States.
Dr. Sally's Voodoo Man and Holding to the Light are available in e-book editions at Smashwords.