On this episode of “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” USA Today bestselling author Mary Alford shares her love of writing. In her books, she gives her readers the unexpected, whether it be in a rugged mountain setting or a peaceful Amish community. Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling List, and have been finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, two very spoiled cats, and a sweet rescue dog named Cody.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always liked to read,” Mary said. “I started reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I loved the mystery and suspense of those. From there, I graduated to Victoria Holt, Phyliss Whitney, Mary Stuart. I was a preteen when I first decided to try my hand at writing what I loved to read. It looked so easy! I wrote my first book, which was terrible and full of cliches and sappy romance. Those stories lit a fire in me. Many years fell in-between before I started writing again.”
Listen to the podcast for more from our interview, plus an excerpt from Mary’s Shielding the Amish Witness.