Mary McCarthy


About Mary

Meet Your Pajamas and Coffee Blogger

(contact: marytmccarthy (at)

I'm Mary McCarthy- better known as marymac. I've been a professional writer for nearly 20 years, including work in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Victorian Homes magazine, many regional magazines in Maryland (two as Editor: What's Up Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Family) and several newspaper humor columns ('Quite Contrary' for Frederick Gazette and Centreville Record Observer). I started this blog in 2008 because I wanted a place of my own to use unlimited profanity while wearing pajamas and drinking coffee.

I'm currently an editor at Splice Today and I write a weekly column for Want2Dish. I'm also a contributing Katie's Crew blogger at I have appeared on The Today Show and ABC TV News' Moms Get Real with JuJu Chang. I've appeared as a speaker at national conferences including BlogHer ('10, '12), BloggyCon ('11, '12), and the regional Bay to Ocean Writers Conference ('10, '11, '12, '13).

Also: I'm a mother of four kids ranging in age from 18-7. I live on Maryland's Eastern Shore. I served on my local town council from 2004-2007, including a year as Centreville Town Council President, which is the equivalent of "Mayor" but we don't call it that because we are a weird little town. I enjoy Single Barrel Jack Daniels, Slim Jims, Ms. Pac Man and the reflection of the moonlight on the Chesapeake Bay.

I am the author of The Scarlet Letter Society, my first novel. I recently signed with my literary agent, the fab Myrsini Stephanides of the Carol Mann Agency in New York City.

Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Thanks for stopping by!

Scarlet Letter Saturdays: Making Out With An Actual Book

Category: The Scarlet Letter Society Published on 18 Apr, 2015
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Hey, book. I want to be more than friends.

Sunday Summary: My Latest Articles

Category: Entertainment, Humor, Opinion, Parenting, Random, Sex, Social Media, Travel, Writing/Blogging Published on 12 Apr, 2015
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Check out my articles from this week!

24 Funny, Dysfunctional Easter and Passover E-Cards

Category: Holidays, Humor Published on 03 Apr, 2015
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Jesus regrets dying for you.

The 2015 Scarlet Letter Society Book Tour

Category: The Scarlet Letter Society Published on 28 Mar, 2015
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Am I giving out Pop Rocks and signing books at a store near you?

28 Funniest St. Patrick’s Day E-cards and Pinterest Pins

Category: Funniest Pins on Pinterest, Holidays, Humor Published on 13 Mar, 2015
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I’m starting a drunken brawl today with the first person who stereotypes the Irish.

The Scarlet Letter Scandal

Category: The Scarlet Letter Society Published on 07 Mar, 2015
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Things are about to get a little kinkier.

20 Funniest Valentine’s Day E-cards

Category: Funniest Pins on Pinterest, Holidays, Humor Published on 13 Feb, 2015
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As long as you keep loving me I can keep hiding my crazy.

The Mythical Sea Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California

Category: Sea Glass Published on 02 Feb, 2015
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Is collecting broken glass stealing a natural resource?


Category: Parenting Published on 27 Jan, 2015
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Be a patriot. Listen to your mother.

Scarlet Letter Saturdays: My First Book Signing

Category: The Scarlet Letter Society Published on 17 Jan, 2015
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So here’s how my first book signing went. There weren’t any books. That’s because the book comes out May 12 in print. But my friend Katie, who has been a loyal and dedicated reader since early Pajamas and Coffee days, had invited me to speak at her book club awhile back when we thought the [...]

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