Mary has always enjoyed the power of a good story, whether it’s been as a children’s librarian, an author, a curriculum developer, or a writer-in-residence teaching kids how to write. Mary brings this vast wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her author visits, inspiring students to discover the power of words in their writing as well as in their lives.
Of all the things Mary appreciates in life, she says she especially values empathy — the ability to see the world through another person’s eyes. “I must first step into the minds and hearts of my characters to discover their viewpoints,” she says. “Only then can I find the words to create their world.”
Publisher’s Weekly calls Mary’s rendering of her character, Curley Hines, “inspirational,” and School Library Journal proclaims Saving Wonder “a remarkable debut novel by an author to watch.” Students and teachers alike will delight in hearing what inspired Mary to write Saving Wonder and how she uses “the tools of empathy” to engage readers in her stories.
Mary lives with her husband and two cats in Lexington, Kentucky. You can visit her at www.maryknightbooks.com.