Mary Marks became an award-winning quilter following an early retirement. After twelve years of sewing twenty four/seven, she came up for a breath and started writing about some of the nearly one hundred quilts she’d created.

When the writing bug bit her and she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. A love of reading mysteries led to a four-day mystery writing workshop where she discovered a new creative passion.

Her first novel, FORGET ME KNOT, was a finalist in a national competition, and was published when she was 70 years old. Out of that success came the Martha Rose quilting mystery series. Her books have been best sellers and won an award in 2015.

Mary was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved back South to attend UCLA and earned a BA in Anthropology. The next years were spent raising three children. She enrolled in the American Jewish University in LA and earned an MA in Public Administration and Management.

A physical condition stemming from childhood polio resulted in early retirement. She moved to Israel for a year to regroup, and then returned to LA to start her adventures in quilting and murder.

She currently lives on the Central California Coast with her dog Ginger and her fluffy orange cat Louie.