Mary Ann Rivers: Author


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Mary Ann Rivers has been named the author of best books of the year by Library Journal and Romance Novels for Feminists, her books have been praised as “superbly written,” by New York TimesBestselling author Grace Burrowes, and is a USA Today recommended read. She writes romance, mainstream, and literary fiction and her original flash works can often be found on her blog.

She is a contributor to the blog Wonkomance and the co-founder of Brain Mill Press.



Love Books for Humans

Hello! I’ve been busy, and wanted to leave, here, a small note. Soon, I’ll write more to you, and more, and more, but I’ve been working hard, listening to my voice. I needed to say a lot to my work and my life for a long time, but now, I am ready be in conversation. Also — books! So many books. In October, my holiday novella, SNOWFALL, was published, which was one of the most difficult books I have written, a send-up of the movie Shop Around the Corner, but also, one that I am the most proud of. On June 1st, my collaboration with author Ruthie Knox, THE DARK SPACE, releases from our publishing house, Brain Mill Press. Brain Mill Press is a multi-genre press with exciting books coming from your favorite authors. Brain Mill Press publishes “love books for humans,” and building it has been some of the most fun I’ve had in my whole life aside from writing. Then, on July 13th, we’re back to the Burnsides, with a Burnsides story novella, MY ONLY SUNSHINE, about the musician John Lake we met form a distance in Sam’s story, LAUGH. Following MY ONLY SUNSHINE, the series will continue with LOVE and ALWAYS. Little note, big things. I hope this finds you well and happy and loved. Happy Valentine’s... read more

Wallpaper ~ A part II for the Undressing Blog Hop

Last June, I posted a free f/f story for the Columbus, Ohio Pride Week. I had so much mail and terrific responses for a story about a quiet Southern young lady and the women who she couldn’t look away from on the bus. For this blog hop about undressing in front of a camera, I thought it would be fun to bring Wallpaper and the object of her desire back. Strip them down, a little. To read the first part, go here. Enjoy!   “Tell me again why they call you Wallpaper.” Her black t-shirt has been cut apart and put back together again with safety pins. I’ve never seen anything like it. Her skin glows through the keyholes, twenty different shades of Georgia peach. I could pull this handmade rag and chrome flag right off her. I could tear it. I lean over her shoulder, the warm coconut smell of her dreads against my face, and work a single safety pin open. She presses the remote on her camera and the click of the shutter punches the sound of her breath. Another. Another. Another. I leave the pins in, open them, slow, one at a time, while she presses the camera’s remote. If she moves, even a little, one of these sharp and unguarded points will press into her skin. She doesn’t move. After minutes, hours, days – thin black cotton and shiny pins hang from her body, and the last pin I open holds together the fabric slashed over her nipple. When I slide the pin free, the slack exposes her breast. Her skin is tight with... read more

Shari Slade talks about “Private Study” in’s SUMMER RAIN ANTHOLOGY

  SUMMER RAIN is an anthology of short love stories that is contributing 100% of its proceeds to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, RAINN ( Shari Slade is a contributor, and below is my interview with her about her story in this anthology, PRIVATE STUDY.    Your story, “Private Study,” features a college woman who has been exploring her sexuality and feels good about it — even if she doesn’t have answers to all of her questions yet. Her defiance mixed up with insecurity on this issue felt so genuine to me, felt authentic and true and specific to this time in life. Tell me about characterizing a protagonist like this. What you think about as the most important aspects of a new adult character to develop for the reader, how it is you build a character like this, and when you’ve given us a character who is as complex as this, what do you want us to pay attention to? I’m so glad Tess rang true for you! The image of her sitting at her dorm desk, pudding cup in hand, came to me fully formed. I wasn’t exactly sure how she’d gotten there, but I knew without a doubt that she was doing it for herself. For me, character development isn’t so much building as it is excavating. I know what they’ve done, I just need to spend time digging down for the motivation. For Tess that motivation is simple, natural curiosity and a yearning to be a different person from the one she’s always been. A tale as old as time. Such small and important things.... read more