About Mary Frances Gualandri

I suppose all writers have a story about how they start writing, right?  I have one, but it's probably not like most of the ones you read.  My grandfather passed away a few days before my eighth birthday.  It shocked the entire family, and because I was so young, I didn't fully understand all the emotions that came over me at that point.  Thus began my writing.

Throughout my grade school and junior high years, I wrote historically based young adult stories that I could barely stand to look at after I wrote them.  I wrote a complete young adult novel in junior high, but it just wasn't a good representation of who I wanted to be as a writer.  After that, I spent several years searching for that perfect project, always floundering around in projects I quickly lost interest in or fan fiction just to keep me entertained.

During those years when I wasn't being productive on the writing front, my reading increased dramatically.  The summer before I went into high school, I fell in love with romance novels after reading Kathleen Woodiwiss's The Flame and the Flower.  That love became an obsession, as my tastes varied from historical romance to some paranormal romance.  It wasn't long before I figured out that romance would be my genre.

In February of 2012, my other grandfather passed away of cancer.  He'd always encouraged my writing and told me stories.  In tribute to him, I began penning what would become my first novel, Hell in Heels, which was based on one of the stories he told me.  It was followed by Private Dancer in August 2013 and my first standalone novel, Vegas, in March 2015.  Her fourth novel, Unbound, is due out in the summer of 2016.

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