Mary Tannen


Born June 2 1943 as Mary Gaffney in New London, Connecticut, where my mother and two-year-old brother, Matt, had followed my father, who had enlisted in the Navy at the start of World War II. I remember nothing of World War II, except being taunted by Matt for not having been taken to see our father's ship, as he had. But this must have been later.

After the war, we moved to LeRoy New York, where my father was superintendent of the public schools and my sisters, Kathleen and Margaret, twins, were born. Later we moved to Tarrytown New York. I graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School in 1961. I attended William Smith College in Geneva, New York, and graduated from Barnard College in 1965. Michael Tannen and I married in 1965 and I took a job as a "Girl Friday" at Men's Wear Magazine. Eventually I worked as a copy writer for Avon Products until we left New York for Los Angeles in 1969 so Michael could set up a West Coast branch for his law firm, Orenstein, Arrow, Laurie, and Silverman. Our daughter, Catherine, was born in 1970. We moved back to New York City a year later and our son, Noah, was born in 1973.

These children have married and moved on to Chicago and Seattle and have three children between them. Michael and I have lived in the same apartment since 1976. I have gone from writing childrens' books, to adult novels, to magazine articles to plays. I sit on no boards and attend no meetings, aside from my environmental book club monthly meetings, which are more like gatherings. I like to bike, hike, swim, bird, prowl the galleries and museums, go to plays, opera, movies, dance, and other performances. Michael and I travel -- often to see the grandchildren, who are growing up at a much faster rate than our own children did.

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Falling Out
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 82,610. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Cal, Naomi, and their teenage son, Newt, have created their own self-sustaining Eden in upstate New York. But Naomi can't resist parodying her famous magazine editor sister. A messy, public fight ensues and Naomi is drawn into her sister's urban world. With Naomi away, Cal and Newt drift apart as well. There will be some deaths and a birth before the Watts family reassembles in a different pattern
After Roy
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,590. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Maggie has been living in the rain forest of West Africa for eight years, trying to acclimate a chimp she helped raise as a human child to the wild. As insurgents from the north threaten to invade, Ollie and Sparks, friends from a previous life in a rock band, arrive to try to rescue Maggie from her doomed mission.
Easy Keeper
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 59,920. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Characters tumble into each other's dreams and dreams shift into reality. Lily, a young widow and raiser of heirloom sheep, Dusty, the town historian, Dixie, compulsive reader of western romance, and Shane, a cowboy out of time, struggle to recast their lives in their adopted home, Priest Creek, a storied ski town in the Rocky Mountains.
The Wizard Children of Finn
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 45,750. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Eleven year old Fiona and her younger brother Bran are carried back two thousand years to ancient Ireland, where they help young Finn McCool battle his way into legend.
Huntley Nutley and the Missing Link
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 19,420. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
In the Winter of the Big Snows, Huntley and his baby brother Beau, discover a strange but endearing creature in the ravine behind their house -- an australopithecine, -- a creature between monkey and man. They take him into their chaotic home to hide and protect him, but the "Link" yearns for the wild and ends up creating his own solution.
The Lost Legend of Finn
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 29,090. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
In this sequel to The Wizard Children of Finn, Fiona and Bran tumble into the Ireland of 800 A D, tangle with Vikings, and assume the shapes of ravens, all in a quest to find their mysterious father.
Second Sight
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,640. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Beneath the gritty surface of a faded New Jersey mill town, a world of mysticism and enchantments flourishes, presided over by Delia Bird, diviner of destinies.
Loving Edith
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,120. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Edith Seagrace comes to New York City for a summer internship at the sophisticated literary magazine, Ubu. Although she knows only one person, her flamboyant friend Clarence, over the course of a sultry summer, she will discover others, of a previous generation, who hold the secrets to her past.

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