Mary Deal


Mary Deal writes suspense/thrillers, has a collection of zany short stories and nonfiction references for authors. She is an Eric Hoffer Book Award winner and Pushcart Prize nominee. A thriller and a writing reference were Finalists in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Her Suspense /thrillers have won a Bronze and a Silver in the Global Ebook Awards. She writes from her island home in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a former Associate and Contributing Editor of a print magazine and columnist for the local newspaper on Kauai. Her website,, is a valuable resource for writers.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Doc said “No more 15 hour days sitting at your PC. You’re exacerbating your back injury.” So with my move and downsizing, I purchased a stand up desk. Now I work vertical with a padded mat underfoot. This upright desk, as opposed to my former expansive L-shaped desk, offers little room for clutter and I must utilize a side table for my printer and reference books. I sometimes become animated when writing, working out the gestalt of my characters' dialogues and movements. It’s easier standing up. I feel on the verge of taking off, ready for anything. I even type faster. Most of all, my lumbar has stopped hurting.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural farm area, cut off from town. Dad worked sun up to sun down; Mom didn’t drive. As a child I had no access to libraries and such so didn’t read much As I grew older, I began to read a lot of the older writers like Hemingway and Steinbeck. They are only two I read among many, but it was Hemingway’s "The Old Man and the Sea" that influenced my first novel, "The Tropics." Yet, this nonconformist does not ascribe to a certain influential writing style. Writing a great story is my ultimate goal.

Once I had two stories ideas that simply wouldn’t jell. When I attended a class reunion in my childhood hometown area of California’s Sacramento River Delta, not only did I find a locale for a story, but the two plots crashed together into one big book that has won two major awards. That book is River Bones, which has a sequel out almost ready to go to paperback, with another sequel on the way. Though the setting changes in each sequel, the River Delta is home base for the characters.
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Down to the Needle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,150. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A woman’s search for her abducted child ends when she finds a young woman on Death Row months away from lethal injection for a crime she didn’t commit.
Hypno-Scripts: Life-Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,680. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Self-Hypnosis, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Self-realization
A window of consciousness separates two states of the mind: Self-hypnosis and meditation, with similarities and accessibilities defined here. If curious enough to peruse this book, the ability to learn these techniques are already part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Your subconscious is prompting you to investigate. It is saying that you are capable of deeper states of mind.
Write It Right - Tips for Authors, Volume II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,580. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
The result of many suggestions, this eBook is the 2nd Volume of Write It Right – Tips for Authors by an award winning novelist. Extra articles by popular authors are included, as are many links and referrals to sites for further research. Also, numerous examples are given to further explain the many topics discussed. A reference manual to which many will refer to perfect their prose.
The Howling Cliffs - A Sara Mason Mystery
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,460. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
After searching for and finding MIA remains in Vietnam, Sara nearly loses her life when she investigates a missing child case in Hawaii. Someone means to keep the cold case cold.
Off Center in the Attic - Over the Top Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,650. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Humor and nonsense, flights of fantasy into other realms, fright, disgust and disappointment, silliness and wonderment, and the sadness of reality and heartache. It’s all here and more in stories that may leave you a little "Off Center in the Attic," conjured through a mind that may be a little "Off Center in the Attic."
Legacy of the Tropics
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,880. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Stories that shatter the myths of stereotypical islands of paradise; a rewrite and expansion of the novel, “The Tropics,” where two women fall prey to nature's wrath during inclement tropical weather, face death at sea, and are tested to the limits of survival.
Write it Right - Tips for Authors, Volume I, 2nd Edition
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,100. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Reference
Write it Right - Tips for Authors, Vol. I, 2nd Edition, written and compiled by an award-winning novelist, is a major source of information for breathing life into your prose. Learn how to polish your work with a collection of extraordinary tips and examples for making your writing the best that it can be.

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