What is your latest release and what genre is it? No More Mulberries – I would class it as contemporary women’s fiction but classifications are a bit of a moveable feast. The only time I was accepted for a BookBub promotion they changed the genre to literary fiction!
Quick description: Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves working at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married. When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. An old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where once she and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers as to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.
I was born on the island of Islay, Scotland, home of some of the best whisky in the world, but moved to the mainland to Dumfries & Galloway when I was seven. Finished school and had the longest gap year in history which lasted about 30 years while I travelled a bit in Europe, lived in England where I worked in a factory, was a child-minder, and went on to work for Oxfam UK before a chance holiday in Pakistan led to work there. This was followed, three years later by a job in Afghanistan. I returned to Scotland when my son was five and when he started school I finally went to university.
I had started selling articles while working abroad and have continued as a journalist – sometimes freelance, sometimes staff – ever since. Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women (a title which seriously curtails tweets) is a memoir from my time in Afghanistan. I worked on what became No More Mulberries while doing a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.
Links to buy Mary’s book:
Mary’s promo links:
a blog about caring for my father who had dementia: My Dad’s a Goldfish
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Amazon.com author page
Amazon.UK author page
What are you working on now?
I should be working on a follow up to No More Mulberries but have been side-tracked by two other projects. One is turning my blog about my father’s dementia journey into a book and the other is a local history project on the town where I live.
Mary’s reading recommendation:
I’ve just finished reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. The title drew me because “She was completely beside herself” was one of my mother’s sayings.
25 thoughts on “Mary Smith”
Thanks so much for this, Susan. I really appreciate it.
Very happy to host you here, Mary!
Wonderful interview, wishing you much success.
Thanks so much, Jane.
Most welcome 🙂
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Susan Toy is host to Mary Smith, author of No More Mulberries set in Afghanistan, a country where Mary worked and lived for several years. Lovely to see her on Reading Recommendations.
Thank you, Sally.It’s lovely to have such support 🙂
Short, but sweet interview. I have this title on my TBR list. *sigh*
Glad you liked the interview. I’m guessing from the big sigh your TBR list is threatening to engulf you?
Lovely to see you here, Mary. I’ve just finished reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, too. 🙂 Loved it! Although very different to No More Mulberries, there are similarities – I learned a lot while reading them, and both books lingered in my thoughts.
Thanks so much, Wendy. I loved We Are All Competely Beside Ourselves and, as you say, it’s a book which lingers. It raises a lot of questions. Thanks for your kind words about No More Mulberries.
Fowler’s book was also on my Best Books Read list in 2014. Great book!
Great interview. I’m a particular fan of Mary’s laughter and tears blog about her father. It’s a must read!
Thanks, Barb. I’m pleased you enjoyed the interview. And I’m very chuffed you enjoy the Goldfish blog 🙂
I enjoyed learning about No More Mulberries and I’m hoping to get to it one of these days. Thanks for the spotlight!
I’ve just begun reading Mary’s book and am enjoying it very much!
Thanks, Susan. Glad to hear you are enjoying it.
And I think I’ve replied to comments out of order here!
Thanks for your comment and I’m pleased you enjoyed reading about No More Mulberries. I understand about TBR lists – so many books, so little time 🙂
Nice to read about you, Mary. Best wishes for much success with your books! 😄