Mary Base


I was raised til age 15 on a farm in Central Idaho. My dad was a Czech immigrant and my mom was an Oklahoma City business woman. I graduated from Gonzaga University in 1968 with a B.A. in English.

In the days before women routinely became street cops, I'd read a book about a woman who did that and decided that was for me. Beginning in 1981 I worked for 21 years as a police officer, first in Davenport then in Cheney, Washington .

In 2002 I hung up my gun belt and went back to school for a BA in Education so I could teach Criminal Justice at Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane. After three years of that, I decided that the public school system and I were not going to see eye-to-eye, so hung up my lazer-pointer and turned my attention to the martial arts school I'd established in 1998.

I'd studied marial arts since 1974 and, over the course of 34 years, earned a 4th degree black belt in Goju-ryu Karate. But I'd also, with my husband, team-taught women's self-defense based on the well-known "Model Mugging" system.

Since I'd first been able to put words to paper, I'd aspired to be a writer. So, here I am.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I don't have any special means to do this, just what pops into my brain as a possible symbolic image. Then I go through internet images to try and find one close to what I've seen in my mind's eye. Then I rely on a professional cover designer with whom I have been happy so far to place that "gem" into an attractive "setting."
What is your writing process?
Many ideas are generated from books I read, but not fiction. Then I ask, how can my main character(s) encounter and interact with these new concepts I've gleaned.
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Where to find Mary Base online

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The Trouble with Believing
Series: Magnum Schultz. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,840. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Islam? Christianity? After a Muslim honor killing of a young woman and the twisted crimes of a Bible Thumper’s daughter, Detective Margaret Schultz begins to question the morality of religions and see some merit in atheism.
The Grocery Sack Killer
Series: Magnum Schultz. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,640. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Police Detective Magnum Schultz finds that her quiet little city has acquired a serial killer who targets young prostitutes. George Rooney, a bounty hunter for whom Magnum has little respect, shows up when his adult daughter suggests that her ex husband might have been the source of the threatening phone call he's received. Amid car chases and other riveting action these two once more cross paths.
The Wolves of Porterville
Series: Magnum Schultz. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,070. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Margaret “Magnum” Schultz is the detective sergeant at Porterville P.D. and the mother of a 15 year old. At the end of a high speed chase, she apprehends three bank robbers, one of whom is a half-blood Inuit from the Yukon, and the son of a Shaman. It seems he’s brought some unusual powers with him. Magnum begins to see and experience strange things of an occult nature.
Parting Shot
Series: Magnum Schultz, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 80,320. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Police Detective Sgt. Margaret Schultz responds to a student who's brought a handgun to the middle school. She tracks a pedophile, investigates a domestic violence case, and all are entangled with car chases, foot chases on slippery ground, and straight shooting.
Who Killed Trixy Morgan
Series: Magnum Schultz, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 77,870. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Detective Sergeant Margaret "Magnum" Schultz has been a cop with the Porterville Police Department for ten years. A hooker is found strangled behind a local tavern. Magnum goes after the killer. She chases a Dodge Ram out into a muddy field in her patrol car. She gets surprised in her own garage by a serial killer, whose last victim was hacked to pieces and fed to pigs.

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