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Mary Ann Clark is both a published scholar and an explorer of speculative fiction. As a recognized authority on the Afro-Caribbean religions, primarily Santería/Lukumi, she has published three academic books: Then We Will Sing a New Song: African Influences on America's Religious Landscape (Roman & Littlefield, 2012), Santería: Correcting the Myths and Uncovering the Realities of a Growing Religion (Preager Publishers, 2007) and Where Men are Wives and Mothers Rule: Santería Ritual Practices and Their Gender Implications (University Press of Florida, 2005).
Mary Ann's newest passion is speculative fiction including her debut novella The Baron’s Box: A Story from the Bardo. In this account of one woman’s journey through a surprising afterlife, Sara discovers the Empyrean isn’t heaven and the Nether Realm isn’t hell, and the Bardo is at all what she expected. Her only hope is working together with Sam, her compeer, to deliver The Baron Samedi’s box to his sister, Kore, the Queen of the Dead. Before Sam and Sara can receive the gift hidden in The Baron’s box, they must discover who they were, why they were thrown together on this journey, and, most importantly, what they mean to each other.
Growing up on the high plains of Colorado, Mary Ann received her undergraduate degree from Creighton
After almost 20 years writing computer documentation and other types of computer manuals, she went back to school and earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University, in Houston, Texas. Currently, she is a faculty member at Yavapai College in Prescott where she teaches Comparative Religion.