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Award-winning author Mary A. Shafer is a full-time freelance writer living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She makes her living as a marketing consultant, writing commercial copy, journalistic articles and as a public speaker. She writes mainly historical nonfiction, with her first book published in 1993, selling 15,000 hardcover copies. Since then, she has written two other nonfiction books and contributed to two nonfiction anthologies. Mary's interests are broad and eclectic, from severe weather and history to pets and hobbies. Her work has garnered several writing and publishing awards. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Authors Guild, Pennwriters. the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and is the founder of the Twin Rivers Writers Group based in Springtown, PA.