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About Mary Anna

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 award-winning crime fiction, Mary Anna teaches fiction and nonfiction writing at the University of Oklahoma. Her current release, Catacombs, is set in Oklahoma. It is, in a lot of ways, a love letter to her new home.

Faye’s growing list of adventures includes Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, Plunder, Rituals, Isolation, Burials, Undercurrents, and Catacombs, with the thirteenth in the series, Wrecked, coming in October 2020.  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.

Mary Anna holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Camden, where she studied creative nonfiction and literary fiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in publications including The Atlantic, decomP, Monkeybicycle, Saw Palm, EarthLines, Plots with Guns, Mystery Readers Journal, Dallas Morning News, Louisville Review, Bayou, Barely South, A Kudzu Christmas, Feminist Studies, Florida Heat Wave, and Flyway

Photo Credit: Nadia Lombardero

Mary Anna’s work has earned recognition that includes the 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.

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.

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.

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