Mary grew up in a small Texas town famous for, well, not much of anything really. Being the baby of the family and quite a bit younger than her brothers and sister, Mary had plenty of time to entertain herself. Making up stories seems to come natural to her. As a pre-teen, Mary discovered the words of Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney and knew instinctively that was what she wanted to do with her over-active imagination.
She wrote her first novel as a teen (it's tucked away somewhere never to see the light of day), but never really pursued her writing career seriously until a few years later, when she wrote her first romantic suspense and was hooked. Today Mary still lives in Texas and still writes about romance. In fact she can't think of anything else she'd rather do.