Mary Hutchings Reed


Mary Hutchings Reed has always wanted to be a writer and remembers fondly a toy printing press with handset type on which she wrote her first poem. Now a novelist and playwright, in addition to practicing advertising, entertainment, and media law with Winston & Strawn, Chicago, her fiction has appeared in ARS Medica, The Ligourian, and The Tampa Review. Warming Up is her seventh novel and the second to find its way to print. Her first, Courting Kathleen Hannigan, was published in 2007, and her musical, Fairways, has been produced three times in the Chicago area, including its 2006 premiere at Steel Beam Theatre, St. Charles, Illinois.

Mary lives with her husband, Bill, in Chicago, where she was named “2012 Lawyer of the Year” in Advertising Law by Best Lawyers. She is a graduate of Brown University with a combined bachelor’s degree in public policy making and a master’s degree in economics. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is represented by April Eberhardt of April Eberhardt Literary of San Francisco.

Mary is pleased to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of Warming Up to The Night Ministry, which serves the homeless in Chicago, an organization she strongly supports. Visit Mary at

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Warming Up: A Novel
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 81,300. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Approaching forty, unemployed but well-off, talented but unknown, functional but depressed, former musical actress Cecilia Morrison reluctantly starts therapy, hoping for a change in her life—but ultimately it’s a runaway teenager who cons her out of sixty bucks, not therapy, that gives her the inspiration she’s looking for.

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