Mara’s love of speculative fiction began at an early age. As an only child, with ample opportunity to lose herself in a good book, she took full advantage– when she wasn’t busy being caught on camera with a ridiculous expression on her face. A habit she has yet to overcome.
Her early influences include the works of Anne McCaffrey, Ursula LeGuin, Diana Wynne Jones, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury and C.S. Lewis. With a solid grounding in fantasy and science fiction (ok, almost entirely fantasy,) she then discovered the dark side– Stephen King, Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz and of course– Lovecraft. In the many years between those youthful days of discovery and now, she’s added Tim Powers, Naomi Novik, and Steven Brust to her list of authors she admires. Her all time favorite novel is The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers. Go. Buy. Read.
An aspiring author, she writes speculative fiction that runs the gamut from dystopian sci-fi to epic fantasy. Her current projects include historical fiction set in the Lovecraft universe, a magic-realism-post-apocalyptic novel, and a steampunkish epic fantasy.
She recently waged a successful war against an insidious invader from inner-space: cancer. This finally provided her the push she needed to take writing seriously.
There’s something to be said about that whole “faced with death” epiphany. However, I can’t stress enough that you should find some other way to discover your passion.
When she’s not writing, she’s a stay-at-home mom with more hobbies than sense. These include, but are not limited to: reading, sewing, sewing costumes, wearing costumes, wearing costumes at Comic-con, going to Disneyland, traveling, making hand made cards at the last possible minute, hand dying silk, belly dancing, gardening, hiking, pretending her suburban house is a farmstead and obsessing over this website.
And don’t even get me started on solitaire. Seriously, if you want to never be productive again for the rest of your life go here GoodSol.com, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Mara lives in the San Diego area with one husband, one child, two dogs and eight chickens– and by eight I mean six, because I am a law abiding citizen that would never exceed the limit set by the city.
Her goal is to become a best selling author and move to the country where she can keep all the chickens her heart desires, which of course would only be 25 as the county regulations allow.
In the meantime, she’ll keep slogging away at that novel-in-progress with the love and support of her wonderful husband who makes all this writing stuff possible.