Mary Mackey
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Mary Mackey

Mary Mackey is the bestselling author of fourteen novels and eight collections of poetry. Her novels have appeared on The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller Lists and been translated into twelve foreign languages including Japanese, Hebrew, Greek, Russian, and Finnish. Her manuscripts and first editions of her novels and poetry collections are archived in the Sophia Smith Special Collections Library at Smith College.

Since she learned everything she knows about reading and writing the hard way, she has decided to save herself and everyone else a lot of time by creating People Who Make Books Happen, a series of interviews on the Blog Page of her website at http://marymackey.com/the-writers-journey/ Here she persuades agents, book cover designers, social media consultants, website designers, digital convertors, bookstore owners, famous authors, and anyone else she can lure into conversation to tell her everything they know. Mary is always open to suggestions from her readers about new people to interview.

Mackey admires women who are willing to fight for what they believe in. Almost without exception, her heroines plunge passionately into life, searching for love and happiness, defending the earth, and seeking a moral center in difficult times. As she has often observed: "I believe it's better to regret what you did than what you didn't do."

Mackey's poems have been widely praised by poets Wendell Berry, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their power, lyricism, and originality. A new collection of her poetry entitled "The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974 to 2018 will be published by Marsh Hawk Press in September 2018. A previous poetry collection, "Sugar Zone," won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. Garrison Keillor has frequently featured Mackey's poems on The Writer's Almanac. Besides being a novelist and poet, Mackey is also a screenwriter and has sold feature-length screenplays to Warner Brothers as well as to independent film companies. John Korty directed the filming of her original, award-winning screenplay "Silence."

Related through her father's family to Mark Twain, Mackey graduated from Harvard and received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. Because of her interest in different cultures, her novels deal with a wide range of subjects. Her four bestselling novels about the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Old Europe show her interest in ecology, nature-worship, and the preservation of the planet ("The Village of Bones: Sabalah's Tale," "The Year The Horses Came," "The Horses At The Gate," and "The Fires of Spring).

She loves theater and dance and has written novels about three generations of women involved in ballet ("A Grand Passion") and three generations of women involved in the German theater during the rise of Hitler ("The Kindness of Strangers,"). Two of her novels have dealt with women who fought in the American Civil War ("The Notorious Mrs. Winston" and "The Widow's War").

She has also written about political unrest in the United States in the 1960's ( "Season of Shadows"); the last Goddess-worshiping cultures of ancient Sumer ("The Last Warrior Queen"); a comic romp through the 50's written in what she calls "the first person insane" ("McCarthy's List"); a movie star and a community college teacher who change places ("The Stand In); and a woman who starts a Revenge Consulting Service ("Sweet Revenge"). Her first novel "Immersion", set in the rainforests of Costa Rica before many of the trees were cut down, was published by the legendary and wonderfully-named Shameless Hussy Press. She also occasionally writes comic novels under the pen name "Kate Clemens."

During her twenties, Mackey lived in the Costa Rican jungle, bunking down with vampire bats, army ants, and poisonous snakes. For over two decades, she has been traveling to Brazil with her husband, incorporating her adventures into her fiction and poetry. Five of her novels ("The Village of Bones: Sablah's Tale," "The Year The Horses Came," "The Horses At The Gate," "The Fires of Spring" and "The Widow's War") owe a debt to the rituals of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé. In 2005 she took a boat up a tributary of the Amazon, traveling over two thousand miles through flooded jungle. Recently, she made another trip to one of the headwaters of the Amazon on the Rio Tocantins. At present, she lives in northern California with her husband Angus Wright, and is Professor Emeritus of English at California State University.

Mary Mackey invites you to join her in conversation on her website at http://www.marymackey.com where she is always happy to answer your questions about the craft of writing, Goddesses, the rainforest, the tendency of Brazilian buses to run red lights, and a host of other things including why she dislikes the month of November. You are also warmly invited to join her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/CrLHT; "Like" her Fan Page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marymackeywriter?sk=info, and follow her on Twitter at @MMackeyAuthor

For information about her comic "Kate Clemens" novels see https://www.amazon.com/author/kateclemens

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Best Sellers

    • The Year the Horses Came

    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden
    • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Volume One of The Earthsong Trilogy evokes the moment in prehistory when marauding nomads brought horses, male gods, and war to a goddess-worshipping Europe that had known peace for thousands of years....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pleasant

    • By Robert on 06-03-15

    Regular price: $24.04

    • The Village of Bones: Sabalah's Tale

    • Earthsong Series
    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Merritt Hicks
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In 4386 BC, a young priestess named Sabalah conceives a magical child with a mysterious stranger named Arash. Sabalah names the child Marrah....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Fires of Spring

    • The EarthSong Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    In prehistoric Europe, Keru, the son of the Queen of Shara, has been kidnapped by a nomadic diviner wishing to turn him against his own people...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping story

    • By TheVogonPoet on 09-19-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Horses at the Gate

    • The EarthSong Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The sequel to Mackey's Year the Horses Came transports us to northeastern Rumania and western Ukraine some six to eight thousand years ago....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Grand Passion

    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    From the Maryinksy Theatre in pre-Revolutionary Russia to the Lincoln Center in New York during the 70s, this is a generational story of three great ballerinas....

    Regular price: $24.04

    • Season of Shadows

    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
    • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 15

    From the first day that polar opposite friends Lucy and Cassie meet at prep school, they are inseparable through Vietnam and Civil Rights marches to falling in love for the first time....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • one of the best things I have heard in ages

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-18

    Regular price: $32.22

    • The Last Warrior Queen

    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    The year 3643 B.C.E: a time of social upheaval and moral chaos....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well written but sad

    • By Lizspf on 01-08-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Kindness of Strangers

    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Emma Robinson
    • Length: 22 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    From the smoky decadence of pre-World War II Berlin to the drug-fueled excitement of mid-80s Hollywood, The Kindness of Strangers tells the spellbinding story of three remarkable actresses....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • McCarthy's List

    • By: Mary Mackey
    • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer, Ilyana Kadushin, Jonathan Davis, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Written in the “first person insane,” McCarthy’s List is zany, hilarious, irreverent contemplation of the madness of American culture....

    Regular price: $19.95

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