Mary lives in the heart of one of the ‘Two Valleys’ in Las Cruces New Mexico, with her husband Norman ‘Skip’ Bailey, Jr. and their Cavachon child-dog, Java. In 2017 she wrote the one-act play, “It is Blood,” which was selected for a performance by the Las Cruces Community Theatre. Whereas the Two Valleys series is a prequel to the notorious and unsolved murders of Albert J. Fountain and his eight-year-old son, her play, “It is Blood,” is a sequel to those events.

Mary has diverse interests but has focused on historical fiction over the last ten years. Her writing is fast-moving, thought-provoking and with just enough wordsmithing to satisfy your artistic hankerings. Since retiring from a diverse career in various planning and design fields, she has devoted herself to writing, being a good spouse, serving her dog Java, and slipping away to the golf course when unchained to the desk.

Her life motto, “I haven’t done it all and I may have done too much, and damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead,” is a fair bellwether for Mary’s writing.


What People Say About Mary’s Work

From start to finish, I relished the tenderness and closeness of Jesus’s new family. That closeness created a comfortable zone to read and learn about those two valleys in the New Mexico desert. .

Larry Murley, Author

I’m totally immersed in the story!  The detail has me right there with Zio and Jesus!

Joy Flemming, Musician

Drama, action, depth, historic context, humor … “The Mesilla” has it all!

Victor Zamora, Critic

Join me on an adventure!


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