Mary Anna Evans

Biography

Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but her heart is in the past. Her series character, Faye Longchamp, lives the exciting life of an archaeologist, and Mary Anna envies her a little.

Her novels have received recognitions including a spot on Voice of Young America's (VOYA) list of "Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal." They have been on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's (IMBA) bestseller list and have been designated Notable Books by Booksense and Indiebound. Mary Anna has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and a Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal. Her books have been nominated for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year and for the SIBA Book Award.

While Mary Anna's novels are written with adults in mind, they have found an audience in schools, where they're being used to teach non-literature subjects such as social studies, math, and science. The social studies link was no surprise to the books' author, since her protagonist is an archaeologist, but she swears that she never once purposely included math or science in her stories. (And her readers have never once complained that the laws of physics operate properly in her books). Learning that she's done this unconsciously has been an inarguable example of the axiom that writers write about who they are. They can't help it. Math and science explain the world, so they're indispensable to any story set in that world. And they're very handy tools for an amateur detective to have.

To invite Mary Anna to speak by telephone to your book group or class, email her at maryannaevans@yahoo.com .

Mary Anna is a co-founder and board member of the Anhinga Writers' Studio. The Studio presents an annual summer workshop in Gainesville, Florida, providing writing instruction and networking for fiction and nonfiction authors of all levels of experience. For information on this year's summer workshop, visit www.anhingawriters.org.

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Books

Land of the Flowers
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 7,890. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Florida is in danger of being loved to death, but monsters still lurk there. When controversial politician Joseph Swain is found dead in an alligator's jaws, the swamp is full of people who wanted him dead. Garrett Levy is just an environmental bureaucrat, but he knows the swamp and he knows he has to find Swain's killer. LAND OF THE FLOWERS is a short story by awardwinning author Mary Anna Evans.
Twin Set
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Imagine you have just woken up in a bed soaked with blood. Imagine that your boyfriend is lying next to you, dead. Imagine that you know with certainty who killed him, because she has hated you since the moment the two of you were born. Now imagine that you and the killer share the same DNA. TWIN SET is a short story by awardwinning author Mary Anna Evans
Jewel Box
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,220. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
An eight-year-old girl who has just watched as her sister was kidnapped... A nurse who holds the lives of a mother and child in her hands... A makeup artist who has just found a murdered starlet on a movie set... Find these characters and more in this book-length collection of short works by Mary Anna Evans, author of the Faye Longchamp mysteries.
Your Novel, Day by Day
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,690. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Your Novel: Day by Day is an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. Its awardwinning author, Mary Anna Evans, says, “This is the book that tells other writers the things I had known ten years ago."
Wounded Earth
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,540. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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Larabeth McLeod has a doctorate, patents, a successful environmental firm...and a secret. When a faceless voice on the phone threatens her life, she is paralyzed with fear. But when the man calling himself "Babykiller" threatens the child she gave up for adoption twenty-five years before, she knows she must act before he destroys her secret daughter and triggers nuclear disaster in the process.

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