Mary J Hicks


Mary J Hicks writes women's fiction, short stories about farm life and light romance. After a long career as a portrait and commercial photographer, Mary retired from photography to enter into the world of make-belief. Making up places and characters to entertain the people out there who, like herself, loves to get lost in a good read.

"Writing is as much fun as reading, maybe more so. When I'm writing, I have control of the elements, who, where, what, when and how. A buffet of excitement, humor, romance, and mystery to choose from. Being short with dark eyes myself, I fight the penchant for making all my female characters tall, blond, and blue-eyed."

In rural Oklahoma surrounded by rolling farm land in the Red River Valley, Mary finds an idea for another story as easy as looking out across the fields and letting her imagination roam free.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Over the last few years, numerous articles and polls debating the pros and cons of indie publishing peaked my interest and I began to watch and study. Almost everything I read kept pointing to the fact that if you write a good story, get professional editing on your manuscript, it seems you can't stress the editing enough, and do your homework on other aspects of indie publishing, such as marketing/spreading the word, then you stand a good chance of some success.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Absolutely! Smashwords makes it easy. I was ready to publish my short story for weeks before I finally decided to jump in. I was scared to death that I wouldn't be able to do it. I'm not an expert on the computer, but I followed the step by step instructions. I printed them out first, I wanted that information in my hand when I started. I won't say I didn't stumble a time or two, but nothing bad.
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Front Porch Romance
Price: Free! Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Miss Peaches may just be a dog but she knows how to get her way when it comes to her favorite porch! She helps bring two nice people together who enjoy an old fashioned porch as much as she does.
The Rose Arbor
Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A coffee break read. Short, sweet and clean! Wayne Pope wanted to help his neighbor, but who would have though he could come up with a plan to solve a problem and make so many people happy all at the same time? Thelma and Hal Kitchens would be grateful for a long time. A gentle man's heart and a gentle old bull were both given a reprieve, thanks to Wayne.
Back In The Saddle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Madison expected things to be different, it had been ten years. But would her summer at the ranch as a sophisticated young woman, be as happy as the summers she remembered from her childhood? She'd never have guessed how some of the changes would affect her. Could she adapt?
Books Beads and Baubles
Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Books Beads and Baubles is a fun, short, 'Coffee Break' read about two ladies, Bertie and Wanda. They own a unique shop, half thrift store and half book store. They love the people who keep them in business and even 'old Grouchy' could call on them for help. New people don't stay new for long after Bertie and Wanda meet them. The sisters discover a theft in their store; who's the culprit?
The Summer Boarder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,160. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Two people spending the summer in the Colorado Mountains have no idea how fate will play with them and change their lives forever. Romance is the farthest thing on either of the minds of Ashley Green and Steve Carson. But sometimes Mother Nature knows what's best for her children, and with a little creative planning from well intentioned others, good things can happen when least expected.

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