Mary recently completed Reiki Master training. She currently works as Senior Editor at Splice Today, and is the founder of SeaCrate, an ocean-themed monthly subscription box service. She serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Sea Glass Association where she is also Education Chair. She has lectured at a number of 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, North East Sea Glass Expo and Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival.
Mary’s 24-year professional writing career includes Salon.com, the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Glassing magazine, editorial positions at several 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. McCarthy, who served as an elected official on the Centreville Town Council from 2004-2007, founded the blog Pajamasandcoffee.com in 2008. 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’s debut novel The Scarlet Letter Society was published in by Polis Books in June 2014, reaching #1 on the Amazon bestseller list in its genre. Her second novel The Scarlet Letter Scandal released in November 2015 and her 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 and beachcombing. She is currently working on a nonfiction, beachcombing-related book.
Contact: marytmccarthy (at) gmail.com
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