Mary Ames Mitchell was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She holds a BA in Art History from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, an elementary teaching credential from USC’s Graduate School of Education, and a BFA in Graphics and Packaging from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She taught elementary school for five years, then worked as a graphic designer for thirty-five years, principally in the video game industry. In 1992, Hope Publishing House launched Mary’s first historical narrative, “The Man in the Purple Cow House.” Peach Plum Press released “The Search for My Abandoned Grandmother” in 2005. Ongoing, Mary publishes her historical research on the website www.CrossingtheOceanSea.com: Little known trivia, legends & mysteries about exploring the Atlantic. She regularly speaks about the subjects of her books in the San Francisco Bay area where she lives with her Welsh corgi.
A six-year search for her English grandmother’s grave leads Californian Mary Ames Mitchell through tangled cemeteries, dusty genealogical records, and her grandfather’s secret journals. She finds her English roots, experiences a spiritual epiphany, and learns why the socialist and pacifist activities of wealthy American Prynce Hopkins caused the demise of his marriage to his first wife.