About Mary

Mary McCarthy is an author, reiki master, journalist and beachcomber on the Chesapeake Bay.

Mary is Executive Director of The Beachcombing Center, an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the Secretary on the Board of Directors of the North American Sea Glass Association where she is also Education Chair. She has lectured, done educational exhibits/sea glass identification and/or judged at many sea glass and beachcombing conferences around the country including the International Beachcombing Conference, North American Sea Glass Festival, Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival, Northeast Sea Glass Expo, Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, Santa Cruz Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival, Long Beach Island Sea Glass Festival and others.

She currently works as Senior Editor at Splice Today and her 25-year professional writing career includes Salon.com, the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore SunChesapeake Bay, Glassing/Beachcombing magazine, editorial positions at regional magazines including Chesapeake Family and What’s Up Eastern Shore and a newspaper humor column “Quite Contrary”. She blogged for Katie Couric, appeared on The Today Show, Huffington Post Live and ABC TV News’ Moms Get Real with JuJu Chang. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor for American University’s LEAP program, guest lecturer for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and an instructor for The Writer’s Center in Washington, D.C.  McCarthy, who served as an elected official on the Centreville Town Council from 2004-2007, founded the blog Pajamasandcoffee.com in 2008.

Mary is the author of the children’s book I SEA, A Beachcombing Treasure Hunt with Kirsti Scott. McCarthy’s debut novel The Scarlet Letter Society was published by Polis Books in June 2014, reached #1 on the Amazon bestseller list in its genre and was followed by her second novel The Scarlet Letter Scandal in November 2015 and third novel in the trilogy The Scarlet Letter Storm in May 2016.

Mary is a mother of four on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she enjoys kayaking, beachcombing and scuba diving.

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Contact: marytmccarthy (at) gmail.com

Photo by Jamie Windon