Mary Ellen Boyd


Mary Ellen Boyd is a writer of all kinds of fiction. Her special passion is building fictional stories around factual accounts. Her goal is to stretch her literary wings, and she chooses her favorite genres. Time-travel, contemporary murder mysteries, Biblical fiction, and Regencies. She has been been happily married since 1982, in May, the prettiest month of the year. She has one son, who is now married himself to his high school sweetheart.

Fortune's Flower is her first Regency, set in 1809, when the divide between rich and poor was strictly enforced and even being 'in trade' was enough to bar one from entering the realm of the upper class. The book is centered around two families, one with much land and much wealth, the other with a little land and no wealth, but living side by side. In happier days, the heir to the wealthy Therns married the daughter of the poor Barnes, but now that heir is dead. Where does the young widow belong?

Throw in the handsome new Thern heir and the next-oldest Barnes daughter, stretch the monetary divide between the two families even further, and add a baby no one must know about.

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Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I love romances. Have loved them, even not knowing that was what I was reading, since I was about 10 years old and devoured all my mother's copies of Louisa May Alcott's books. Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys, but most especially Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom. I also read P.G Wodehouse. In fact, that was how my husband decided I might be worth checking out. He gave me one of the Bertie Wooster books (probably as a screening tool), and when I came back for more, things began to blossom. I also love Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter on Mars series. Oh, and Nero Wolfe.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have lived my entire life in Minnesota. I was born in Brainerd, but moved to Silver Bay, a mining and shipping town on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It was a wonderful place to grow up, small enough to know your neighbors, yet large enough for a small shopping center in the middle of town. At that time there were even two elementary schools. (I'm a baby boomer, so kids bloomed like weeds.) As far as it influencing my writing, I think more than anything our lack of television influenced my writing. My parents decided we kids (five of us) got along much better without one, so instead of television, we read. And read. And read. We're all readers.
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Smashwords book reviews by Mary Ellen Boyd

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Dec. 03, 2015

    Amazing book. I learned more about Word than I ever imagined. Clever, amusing, and packed with information. I highly recommend, and not just for formatting a novel. You will learn stuff you never knew you didn't know. (At least I did!) I followed his steps and my novel was accepted right away. One thing that I learned the hard way that wasn't in the book. I started my document as a Compatible with 97-2003, and yet when it was saved by the little 'save' icon on the ribbon on top, it wound up as a .docx. I use that little icon on top All The Time, but now for safety, with my next Smashwords books, I will save with "Save as" each time. (Maybe it's just my computer, but the book started as a 97-2003 as instructed, and it did wind up as a docx, I promise.)