The Pen

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I am a teller of truth, mostly by writing fiction.

In my writing, I seek to explore the unchartered waters between reader and writer. I construct stories which make people feel uncomfortable, challenge their value systems and examine the ways they perceive “reality.”

As any artist knows, it is important to be original. How do we create art that is our own when we are pelted everywhere with images, ideas, and soundbites that are not “our own”? My intention in my writing is to produce prose that is as close as it can be to whatever it is I happen to be wrestling with—what I call the primary inspiration. The words, sentences and paragraphs are simply the manifestations which bloom from creativity and the desire to communicate something that rumbles below the surface.

Language, then, is a stand-in for what we mean, how we feel, what we think. Characters work in service to rumblings. Writing is the delivery system I use to explore and expose all which lurks beyond what we can reach with our rational, linear minds.

Mary Katherine received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Writing Program in July of 2016. She is currently working on a novel whose chapters are told through three alternating narrators and covers three different spans of time.   Fiddler’s Reach explores forbidden love, family secrets and the lengths a mother will go to give her son what he needs.

To read an excerpt from Fiddler’s Reach, click here

To read a sample of the Parables for Children Series, click here

To read a short story, click here

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