Writer, Editor, Proofreader
Hi, I’m Mary.
After earning an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 2003, I spent several years working as a copy editor, freelance writer, and newspaper reporter (as Mary McGlasson) while raising my daughter, Selena. Later, I entered academia and served as an English professor at a rural community college for twelve years–during which time I remarried, built a house, and birthed two more children (Hazel and Neil). I continued writing fiction and nonfiction during this time, publishing short works in various literary journals and completing my first novel.
I left full-time teaching in 2021 to focus my energies on writing, editing, and proofreading as I queried my first novel and continued working on my second. I am represented (as Mary Morris/Mary-Louise Morgan) by Bonnie Swanson at the Purcell Agency. My first contemporary romance, THE VIKING ACROSS THE STREET, is currently on submission. Meanwhile, I’m also co-authoring a series of urban fantasy/paranormal novels with my best friend; the first in our Daughters of Hecate series, MIRROR WITCH, will be published by City Owl Press in spring 2023.
(To learn more about Phoebe, check out her website: https://www.phoebewalkerwrites.com/.)
In addition to writing, editing, and proofreading fiction and nonfiction, I ghostwrite nonfiction books for Scribe Media. I live in the wilds of southeastern Illinois with my husband, my children, and miscellaneous cats.
What I Do
Freelance Scribe/Ghostwriter at Scribe Media
Writing book-length manuscripts in a variety of nonfiction genres using creation models adapted to the needs of the author (chapter-by-chapter or full manuscript)
Freelance Writer (as Mary McGlasson)
Researched and wrote materials for CommunityLink tourism magazines/books and articles for the Southern Illinoisan, Nightlife, and Murphysboro American
Technical Writer at SchoolCenter (as Mary McGlasson)
Wrote and edited user manuals for K-12 educational software and learning management systems; proofed and beta tested educational websites
Editorial Assistant at the Southern Illinoisan (as Mary McGlasson)
Wrote and managed materials for news briefs, obituaries, and social announcements; wrote freelance human-interest articles
Proofreader and Copy Editor at CommunityLink (as Mary McGlasson)
Proofread, edited, and wrote copy for tourism magazines, books, maps, and pamphlets; proofread and edited in-house ad copy