Mary Ann Claud


Mary Ann Claud is a singer, a lover of the arts, a mother and grandmother, a wife, a friend, a lover of life. She has written professionally for decades and has now brought her talent and experience to her first novel. THE DANCIN' MAN is a family saga, its drama playing out against the backdrop of social and economic change in the American South from the 1950s until the 1980s.
In her second novel, WHIRLYGIG; THE DANCIN' MAN'S DAUGHTER, Claud focuses on Volly Brunson and her return to Parkersburg SC in 1999. With a recently won MBA in hand, she intends to revive and modernize the family business and accept the responsibilities she has run from for the intermittent ten years. But there are problems. Volly's father, the company president, has other plans for the business he has handled for the past thirty years. Volly's uncle, Sam Ward is in increasingly poor health and Montvue, the family estate he manages, needs attention. Very quickly Volly discovers that life in Parkersburg has not changed since she left. But she has.

Mary Ann lives in Tryon, NC with her husband, Olin. Together they have visited over fifty festivals, book club meets and book stores talking about the dysfunctional Ward/Brunson clan and sharing what she describes as the great adventure of writing as a career.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle which I use primarily when we are traveling.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Connections with Indy book stores and readings before book clubs.
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Where to find Mary Ann Claud online

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Blue Ridge Pilgrimage: A Collection of Columns by Mary Ann Claud
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 58,450. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Mary Ann Claud's weekly columns recount her exploration of the Blue Ridge Mountains and her discoveries of people, places and stories. With this collection of columns, she hopes to inspire others to make their own pilgrimage.
Whirlygig: The Dancin' Man's Daughter
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 74,510. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
It’s 1999. Volly Brunson comes home to Parkersburg, SC, determined to resurrect the family’s failing textile business and to assume the responsibilities she has run away from for the past ten years. She faces an aging business, a dysfunctional family, and the entrenched attitudes of a typical Southern town. But she's smart and she's ready. Or so she thinks.
The Dancin' Man
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 87,030. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
In THE DANCIN' MAN, an ambitious young man of modest means marries into a legendary Southern family in the 1980s, a time of economic and social upheaval in the cotton mill industry that provides the family's wealth and power. Can Ted save the family from itself when matriarch Dolly dies? Can he save his own marriage? With its depth and richness of characters, THE DANCIN' MAN is a compelling read.

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