E.J. Mara


Louisiana-born EJ Mara remembers sitting in her room at six-years old and writing a poem called "Seashore." It went something like, "When I'm lonely, when I'm sad, I go to the seashore, I lay in the sand ..." She was proud of "Seashore" and wrote several dozen more poems within the next few weeks. Eventually, she moved on to writing and illustrating her own books and sharing these stories with her classmates.

Now, EJ Mara continues to write stories. In 2015 she published the first book within The South Louisiana High Series and she's currently working to complete this YA series. Most of her stories feature main characters with superhuman abilities and are set in her home-state of Louisiana.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is like getting a chance to step out of my own life and the limitations that come with it, and become someone else. Putting on another person's experiences/perspective and then sharing these with readers is phenomenal. I love exercising empathy in this way and encouraging others to do the same.
What do your fans mean to you?
When someone reads one of my stories and enjoys it, they're not a "fan" to me, they're a fellow reader. I respect and admire them for taking the time to read my work and mulling it over. So, I'm grateful for readers and I love hearing their thoughts on my work and on literature in general.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find E.J. Mara online


Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,160. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Coming of age
Sixteen-year-old Amanda Hollister's exciting life of moving from state to state comes to a screeching halt when she lands in a small Texas town and finds herself at an existential crossroads. As the daughter of a successful con artist, Amanda isn't used to having friends. But after moving to Texas, she must decide what kind of person she wants to become: an expert liar or a trustworthy friend.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,060. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
As a retired CIA agent, Pete Strong has spent most of his life hunting down bad guys. But now he just wants a quiet life. After hanging up his holster and moving to Louisiana for a little rest and relaxation, Strong finds himself being tracked down by a private eye with a client who desperately needs Strong's help. Before Strong knows it, he's back to dodging bullets and taking down bad guys.
Almost Brave
Price: Free! Words: 128,900. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Almost Brave, the fourth book in The South Louisiana High series, brings readers into the perspectives of 3 main characters as they face a group of powerful mutants who’ve threatened their town. One wanna-be filmmaker, a baker, and an award-winning director must decide how to eradicate a threat unlike any they've ever encountered. In so doing, the 3 unlikely heroes discover their own bravery.
Almost Famous
Price: Free! Words: 96,700. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Fifteen-year-old Drew Everett is a Hollywood starlet who loves acting almost as much as she loves herself. But when she's forced to leave her beloved Beverly Hills home and relocate to Swamp Rose, Louisiana her whole life changes. In Swamp Rose, Drew comes face to face with true love, racism, and with an adventure unlike any she could have ever imagined. Almost Famous is book #3 in the SLH series.
Almost Twins
Price: Free! Words: 93,350. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
(5.00 from 1 review)
Via Nguyen and Gia Moretti have similar names and polar opposite personalities. Despite their differences, they’ve been best friends since Junior High. Now they’re sophomores at South Louisiana High School and their friendship is dead. Gia is preoccupied with keeping her younger sister out of trouble, and Via finds herself busy with her new boyfriend. Can their friendship survive tenth grade?
Price: Free! Words: 81,280. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Sixteen-year-old Karen Lyles would never describe herself as a typical small town teen. Maybe that's because Peake, Alabama isn't a typical small town.The seemingly sleepy suburb is protected by a mysterious vigilante called Unseen. Karen Lyles becomes even less "typical" when one of Unseen's enemies kidnaps her little sister. Karen springs into action by partnering Unseen for the rescue mission!
Almost Friends
Price: Free! Words: 77,960. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
(5.00 from 1 review)
Mia Reeves is mean. It's a miracle that she has one best friend, let alone two. It's also miraculous that she's managed to become the most popular senior at South Louisiana High. But when Mia's temper suddenly spirals out of control, she's forced to unearth a disturbing family secret. Can Mia find the strength to face what she's discovered about her past?