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Mary Deal

Mary Deal
  • Writing:

    Thrillers Suspense Mysteries Action & Adventure Contemporary Romance Advice & How To
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 10
  • Profession: Author, Artist, Photographer
  • Born: 11 October
  • Member Since: Dec 2017
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  • Followers: 75
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BIOGRAPHY

Mary Deal, an Award-winning, Amazon Bestselling Author, is a native of Walnut Grove in California's Sacramento River Delta, resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was Founder and past President of Kauai Writer's Roundtable. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee; also, an artist, photographer, and former editor of a print magazine and newspaper columnist.

Her Books: Legacy of the Tropics, an adventure trilogy, takes place in both the Caribbean and Hawaii, The Ka, a paranormal Egyptian suspense, River Bones-Sara Mason Mysteries Book One, a thriller set in her childhood hometown area, Down to the Needle, a thriller, taking place along the West coast, and The Howling Cliffs, Sara Mason Mysteries Book Two. Off Center in the Attic, a collection of over-the-top short stories and flash fiction pieces. Write It Right - Tips for Authors, a mega-volume of writing instruction. Hypno-Scripts-Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation, a self-help nonfiction. Sea Cliff-A Love Story set in San Francisco.

Her Awards: Sea Cliff, contemporary romance, Finalist in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards. River Bones, winner in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition and Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Books Awards (NIEA). The Howling Cliffs, a Bronze in the Global eBook awards. Write It Right-Tips for Authors, Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. Hypno-Scripts, Finalist in both the International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and Silver in the Global eBook Awards. Down to the Needle, Bronze in the Global eBook Awards and the Suspense category Winner in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her flash fiction short story, The Last This I Do was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her first feature screenplay, Sea Storm, and short story, Chin Face, were Finalists in a Moondance International Film Festival.

Mary Deal's Books

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Dead To Life (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 3)by Mary DealPublish: Jul 30, 2020Series: Sara Mason MysteriesThrillers
The Ka: Tragedy And Betrayal In Ancient Egypt
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#1 Best SellerThe Ka: Tragedy And Betrayal In Ancient Egyptby Mary DealPublish: Sep 14, 2017Supernatural Suspense
River Bones (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 1)
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River Bones (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 1)by Mary DealPublish: Oct 17, 2017Series: Sara Mason MysteriesThrillers
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The Howling Cliffs (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 2)by Mary DealPublish: Dec 02, 2017Series: Sara Mason MysteriesThrillers
Sea Cliff
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Sea Cliffby Mary DealPublish: Jun 09, 2018Contemporary Romance
Write It Right: Tips For Authors
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Write It Right: Tips For Authorsby Mary DealPublish: Jun 15, 2019Advice & How To
Hypno-Scripts: Life-Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis And Meditation From A Lifetime Practitioner
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Legacy of the Tropics
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Legacy of the Tropicsby Mary DealPublish: Feb 24, 2018Action & Adventure
Off Center In The Attic: A Collection of Short Stories and Flash Fiction
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Down To The Needleby Mary DealPublish: Nov 08, 2017Thrillers

Mary Deal's Series in Order

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  • Sara Mason Mysteries

    Dead To Life (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 3) - Published on Jul, 2020 The Howling Cliffs (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 2) - Published on Dec, 2017 River Bones (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 1) - Published on Oct, 2017

Mary Deal's Awards and Achievements

    Mary Deal has earned excellence awards over time. Here is the glimpse of the accolades clinched by the author.

  • Winner
    2019

    Down To The Needle

    award
  • Bronze
    2019

    Sea Cliff

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  • Finalist
    2019

    Sea Cliff

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  • Semi-Finalist
    2019

    Sea Cliff

    award
  • Bronze
    2017

    Down To The Needle

    award
  • Silver
    2016

    Hypno-Scripts: Life-Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis And Meditation From A Lifetime Practitioner

    award
  • Finalist
    2016

    Hypno-Scripts: Life-Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis And Meditation From A Lifetime Practitioner

    award
  • Bronze
    2015

    The Howling Cliffs (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 2)

    award
  • Finalist
    2014

    Write It Right: Tips For Authors

    award
  • Finalist
    2011

    River Bones (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 1)

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  • Honorable Mention
    2009

    River Bones (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 1)

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Mary Deal interview On 02, Apr 2020

"Mary Deal is a true wordsmith. She wrote a lot in high school. She is also an oil painter and photographer with two online galleries. Her characters and descriptive narrative are the keys to bringing the reader into the story."
What's your most embarrassing childhood memory?

I was so pathetically shy as a child that when called upon to say or do something, I froze. All the thoughts in my head just wouldn’t come out. Peer pupils thought I was dumb!

What were you like in high school? Did you ever dream of becoming an author?

I wrote a lot in high school. I loved tests with essay questions and usually got straight As with essay tests. I wrote every chance I got, even kept a journal “to talk to” because I still never mixed much. We lived miles and miles out in farm country so after school journal club meetings and similar activities were out of the question. Writing allowed me to express, but it wasn’t till after my teen years that I began to wonder if I could get some writing published.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

Ooh, lots of things! I’m also an oil painter and photographer with two online galleries. I love to sew, walk/hike/photograph, ballroom dance (the original old-fashioned ballroom dances), yoga, Tai Chi, workout in a gym. I love working in a garden. When we lived in Hawaii, I had up to 15 apple-banana trees in the corner of the yard and planted and maintained lots of Areca palms for a wind break, not to mention the flowers. Now that I live in Scottsdale, I have planters strategically placed on the patio wall and ground and grow flowers. We have a homeowner association landscaper, but I usually take care of trimming the flowering bushes and cactus in the front gardens.

Were you an avid reader? Do you still read?

I didn’t grow up an avid reader. We lived in a rural setting. Dad worked from sunup till sundown. Mom didn’t drive so we had no way to get back and forth to the library. I’m not what you would call an avid reader. These days, I beta-read for select prolific authors. I do enjoy their stories. Yes, I do read for pleasure every chance I get, and a whole lot more in my adult life. Still, I cannot be called an avid reader in the sense that I live and breathe reading. I need to write my own stories too.

Why did you decide to set "Legacy of the Tropics" in both the Caribbean and Hawaii?

While living on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, I was pulled out into deep water by a rip current. Having learned ocean swimming while years earlier living in the Caribbean, I knew not to fight the current, but to swim across it till I was free of the pull. Once resting on the beach, my mind continued to be filled with ocean escapades I previously experienced.

I had already written numerous short stories by this time and felt I should write about the current life-threatening episode. Doing so, I realized I should have written about an episode in the Caribbean. The second novella in the Legacy trilogy, Adrift, was awarded all 10s by every reader in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios. Their editors held the manuscript/story for a year before releasing it saying they could not do anything with it. I don’t know what they had in mind, but it was Coppola’s crew who considered it worth looking at.

Once I wrote two stories, Promises and Adrift, greatly fictionalized, I almost had a book length manuscript. But how would I combine a story set in the Caribbean and one across the continent in Hawaii? Then I hit on a solution. It wasn’t the stories that I joined. It was the characters. I then created a third story bringing the two heroines from Puerto Rico together on Kauai in Hawaii. That meant going back to each story and placing both characters in each other’s story. The third story became “Reunion.” Surprisingly, the three stories are not always about the two women, but about a small boy whose life is severely affected by the actions of these plots.

Under hypnosis, do people answer truthfully to the questions you ask?

Most people answer truthfully because they pay a lot for therapy. They want help. People can outright lie under hypnosis but there are simple cues and responses that a good hypnotherapist can detect. Part of the therapy would be to address why the person lies and cheats themselves.

What inspired you to write River Bones? Did you expect it to win the Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition?

At one time, I had two mystery plots for which I couldn’t seem to create exciting and meaningful endings. That was not like me. I know the beginnings and endings of my stories, though they may change in the writing. I left those two plots hanging while I worked on research for my big paranormal Egyptian suspense novel. Then I went home – back to the Sacramento River Delta – for a combined class reunion and book signing. A dear former classmate asked, “Why don’t you set a story here in the Delta?” As soon as he asked, my two plots slammed together in my mind. I could turn two unfinished plots into one exciting mystery and make it a thriller. And yes, I also had an ending at that time.

During the years when I received an award from the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, they sent a whole bunch of Winner stickers. However, my book won an Honorable Mention. When I questioned why they sent me Winner stickers, they said that to them, every book that won a placement was a winner, that I should just use the stickers as a winner. I believe I kept their email somewhere, but they are now breaking down the categories.

How would you convince someone to read your book, Sea Cliff?

The Logline or elevator pitch is: A powerful story of transcendence from effects of child abuse and fear of men to joyously falling in love.

This is NOT a story of abuse. It’s about a level-headed young woman overcoming the lingering emotional scars of abuses she suffered many years prior. Often what we read can help us, or others. This story is not preachy. By reading about Rachael, the protagonist, and her methods of overcoming her traumas, so do we learn how others may overcome their abuses. It’s fiction but offers real-life solutions.

It’s set in the beautiful Sea Cliff area in San Francisco. We learn how Rachael puts the fragments of the best parts of her life together to negate all the bad to make her whole.

What challenges did you face while writing your flash fiction short story, The Last This I Do?

I faced no challenge. I had a friend who was considering spreading her husband’s ashes, but she was haggling over the best place to do it. Her indecision was way too much, way out of hand. I believe she didn’t want to let go of the ashes, so couldn’t decide on a place. This made me think about keeping things simple. My Muse is wonderful. She told me that we should pick a place with special meaning and scatter the ashes there. At that moment, the story popped into my mind. It’s completely fiction.

In this heart wrenching but satisfying story, a man and woman had spent many hours rowing and picnicking out on a lake. I even saw the landscape from the perspective of the boat. I saw the tall white steeple that these story characters used to mark where they were in the center of the lake. So, the woman rows the boat by herself, takes her beloved husband’s ashes out to the middle of the lake, just about where the tall white steeple comes into view….

Do you have any author friends? Who would you like to collaborate with?

I have many author acquaintances, all online, several of which are very close supportive friends. Since I work nearly 15 hours a day, I do not mix locally, nor are there any stores here to sell my books, another reason I don’t mix.

I have twice in the past attempted to collaborate with another writer. Both times, my thoughts and readiness moved faster than they were able to keep up. In one instance, I would write a chapter, the other person the next, and so on. I got tired of waiting and waiting and waiting for the next chapter; a couple of times only to learn how lackluster and errored filled it was. When I write, the story pours out almost faster than I can key. I should write alone.

Which of the tips written in "Write It Right: Tips for Authors" have been most useful to you?

All the tips in this volume were either what I learned to help myself or they are in response to others asking questions. If I didn’t have an answer, I would research. In doing so, it helped both the other person and me.

Did you visit your childhood hometown area while writing your book, River Bones?

In conjunction with Question 7 above, I had gone home for a class reunion when the total book idea jelled. In doing so, I spent some time exchanging emails with former classmates to help revive some memories. I also revisited the area a couple times more for additional book signings at one of the Libraries. During those trips I covered many miles to find the correct location for the big fictional Victorian house. Other locales were necessary to firm up, as were some current day descriptions of the area. I believe in getting small details right, like the current uniforms the Deputies wore as opposed to when I remembered them. Details like that were necessary in the story because of the time span that takes place.

What is your ultimate writing goal as you see it today?

Dozens of story plots sit in my PC in outline or rough note format. I want to write them all. I had made a list of the order I thought they should be written. However, as new stories pop into my mind and are placed among the others, the order changes. Now I simply allow my Muse to kick out details of the next story that I should write. That is how I identify which one takes precedence.

I continue to write stories for my award-winning Sara Mason Mysteries. I had thought to end that series with the third book, but find I have two new stories that could fit the characters in that series. I also have another stand-alone story about a mysterious Garnet. I’ve held this story in mind since I found a huge garnet while rock hunting on Ruby Mountain in Colorado ages ago. The story is demanding to be written. Then, of course, I also write short stories and flash fiction, as well as poetry, all begging to go to book formats.

How has being an Amazon Bestselling Author impacted your career?

To receive an Amazon Bestseller award is symbolic of successful promotion. Promoting is what sells books and Amazon is all about numbers of sales. Of course, an award does trigger increases in sales. Beyond that, receiving any award or accolade tells me that my promotion efforts are bearing fruit.

How long have you been with AllAuthor and what has your experience been like?

In December 2017, I joined AllAuthor but wasn’t active right away. I had recently moved from Hawaii to Scottsdale, AZ, slowed down physically by recovering from open heart surgery. Now we have lots of remodeling work going on in the home we bought. Also, I have been nearly overcome in the process of rewriting and polishing eight books for republishing with my new publisher. I also have some personal responsibilities that take me away from writing. Once I began to see the benefit of being active on AllAuthor, I began to make use of some of the offerings. I still do not know the extent of all I can do on this site. However, everything so far has helped me breathe new life into my promotions. With me, learning everything available is a matter of how much time I can allot to this job or chore or responsibility. I am sure AllAuthor has more opportunities of which I’m not yet aware.

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      • Punctuation, punctuation, punctuation! You can write rigid English or slang and colloquialisms, foreign phrases, and more where it's all applicable. But without correct punctuation, the words and sentences will fall flat. Other important elements are sentence structure, purpose, having beginnings, middles, and endings to stories; some stories flounder all over the place. This is a broad topic that begs further discussion.
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      • When I write, I know nothing else. I used to write anywhere from 8 to 15 hours a day. That would include editing and some research. But my schedule has changed. Some personal responsibilities have taken over my time. So when I write, I make best use of my time and know nothing else. Focus. Git 'er done!
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      • I read all my reviews. As far as the bad ones, I try to glean something of value, actually, from all my reviews. After reading so many, you get to know who knows what they're talking about. The ones that just want to rate you low because they're having a bad day - through no fault of yours or your book - you'll see through that and shine it on. You can't change it, so just keep improving and getting those good reviews. Getting hung up on bad reviews can incapacitate you. It's a lesson in feeling a sting and then throwing it off and moving on.
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      • I believe I have no difficulties writing from the opposite sex. (Have been told by readers, they love my males!) I'm at an advantage because I used to work as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. I can easily slip into a man's perspective. The main thing is that you need to think like a man if you're going to write like a man. I guess that's advice for woman, but the reverse is the same for men writing from the female perspective.
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    • Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
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      • Always get away from your writing and out into fresh air for a while. If you're snowed in or some such, then do some stretches.
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