Mary Monroe

Mary Monroe is the third child of Alabama sharecroppers and the first and only member of her family to finish high school. She never attended college or any writing classes. She taught herself how to write and started writing short stories around age four. She spent the first part of her life in Alabama and Ohio and moved to Richmond, California, in 1973; she’s lived in Oakland since 1984.

Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1985 and received positive reviews throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. Mary is divorced, loves to travel, loves to mingle with other authors, and loves to read anything by Ernest J. Gaines, Stephen King, Alice Walker, and James Patterson. She still writes seven days a week and gets most of her ideas from current events and the people around her. Most of her material is autobiographical.

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Mary Monroe

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