Former cognitive psychologist turned suspense writer, Mary is the author of the best-selling psychological thriller series, The Mermaid Asylum. She is a firm believer in strong, twisted female characters and unhappy endings. Her internet search history is not for the faint of heart.As a freelance journalist, Mary’s writing has covered topics from mental health and psychology to parenting and relationships. Her writing has been featured on The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine, Elemental on Medium, Bustle, Vox, and more. She has also appeared on a Wisconsin Public Radio morning show discussing the psychology of parenting. Mary does not perform well at 5:30am.Raised near Portland, Oregon, Mary now lives in central Illinois where the tallest thing for miles is corn. She shares a perpetually shrinking house with her three kids, two dogs, and two cats…and can usually be found writing under at least one of them at all times.