Mary Morony


To my enormous benefit I was not taught to hate based on skin color. Instead Lottie my family’s black maid taught me love and acceptance with warm, loving humor and unending patience- Apron Strings is based on our relationship.

Segregated schools, water fountains, along with "whites only" restaurants and movie theaters were the norm when I was growing up. I remember the hurled epithets and smashed windows of a society boiling in hatred.

As one of six, with four of my own I have sufficient material about family chaos. Adding to that at the age of forty-something, with a daughter in high school and a four-year-old girl still at home, I decided to get a college degree. I earned, and I do mean earned, a B.A. in English with honors at the University of Virginia. My concentration was creative writing.

More recently I have pursued additional studies under the tutelage of my seven-year-old granddaughter. Her refresher course in childhood perspective was invaluable in writing this book. I was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia by my family's black maid. I was fortunate not to be taught to hate based on skin color.

The mother of four children, I earned a bachelor of arts in English at the University of Virginia, with a concentration in creative writing, when I was in my forties. I live on a farm in Orange County, Virginia, with my husband, four dogs, and my daughter’s cat.

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Done Growed Up
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,490. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Literature » Literary
When we last left the Mackey Family their lives were in a state of turmoil. Divorce, alcoholism, racism, death, puberty, what WEREN'T they dealing with? Now, the apron strings are cut we will find out! Done Growed Up, the second book in my Apron Strings trilogy, settles us back into the lives of our beloved characters from my first novel.
Apron Strings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,960. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A seven-year old well-to-do white girl and her family’s black maid overcome the deep-seated hatred and the segregation embedded in their 1950’s era southern culture proving that love sees no color. Where you taught to hate people of another color when you were young? We don’t come hating we learn it!

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1950s    alcoholism    bigotry    domestic help    racism    southern