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, Wrecked, is set in Florida after a major hurricane has devastated the area around Faye’s island home. Faye and her community are struggling to rebuild their lives, but beautiful gulf waters hide a secret that has killed her dear friend and threatens one of the treasures closes to her heart… her daughter.

Faye’s growing list of adventures includes Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, Plunder, Rituals, Isolation, Burials, Undercurrents, Catacombs, and Wrecked.  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 is at work on a new series featuring Justine Byrne, a young factory worker in World War II-era New Orleans. When her factory is threatened by sabotage, Justine must find a way to save a project that she thinks might end the war. She just doesn’t know what it is or why anyone would try to destroy it. Fortunately, her professor parents taught her a lot more about physics than anyone around her realizes. Pitched as “Rosie-the-Riveter meets Bletchley Park,” The Physicists’ War will be published in mid-2021.

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Photo Credit: Nadia Lombardero

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.

Mary Anna’s work has earned recognition that includes the Oklahoma Book Award, 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. Wounded Earth is available in trade paperback and ebook editions, and an audiobook edition will be released in November 2020. Her short story collection, Jewel Box, is available in paperback and ebook editions. 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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