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.
In addition to writing awardwinning crime fiction, Mary Anna teaches fiction and nonfiction writing at the University of Oklahoma, where she is an assistant professor in the professional writing program. Her August 2019 release, Catacombs, is set in Oklahoma. It is, in a lot of ways, a love letter to her new home. It is also the most exciting Faye Longchamp mystery yet. For more information on Catacombs, click here. And for more information on the whole Faye Longchamp series of archaeological mysteries, check them out here.
Mary Anna holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Camden, where she studied creative nonfiction and literary fiction. Her short work has appeared or will soon appear in publications including The Atlantic, decomP, Monkeybicycle, Saw Palm, Vine Leaves, EarthLines, Plots with Guns, Mystery Readers Journal, Mystery Muses, Dallas Morning News, Louisville Review, Bayou, Barely South, Florida Book Review, A Kudzu Christmas, North Florida Noir, The Florida Five, Feminist Studies, Florida Heat Wave, and Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment.
Mary Anna’s Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries have earned recognition that includes the Mississippi Library Association’s Mississippi Author Award, a spot on Voice of Young America’s (VOYA) list of “Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal,” a writer’s residency from The Studios of Key West, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Florida Historical Society’s Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, and three Florida Book Awards bronze medals. Faye Longchamp’s growing list of adventures include Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, Plunder, Rituals, Isolation, Burials, Undercurrents, andCatacombs. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks, they are available from all major outlets in hardcover, trade paper, ebook, large-print, and audio editions.
Her other fiction includes Wounded Earth, a suspense novel featuring environmental scientist Larabeth McLeod, and Jewel Box, a collection of short fiction and essays. Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writers Companion is a guide intended to take the aspiring novelist from blank page to finished book and it is, like Wounded Earth and Jewel Box, published by Joyeuse Press. All these works are available in paperback and ebook editions.
For the incurably curious, Mary Anna’s first published work, her master’s thesis, was entitled A Modeling Study of the NH3-NO-O2 Reaction Under the Operating Conditions of a Fluidized Bed Combustor. Like her mysteries, it was a factual page-turner but, no, it’s not available online. She turned from engineering to fiction after the birth of her third child, shifting her focus from managing hazardous wastes to preparing balanced meals. She has yet to acquire the knack of laundry management.
Mary Anna’s interests include music, which has resulted in 7.5 feet of piano dominating her living room. Her interests in music and writing collided when she was asked to contribute a story and an original song for a book/CD anthology called A Merry Band of Murderers. She co-wrote and sang the song “Land of the Flowers” for that project.