About Me

This is me in my backyard. It was really hot when my brother took this picture, but I wanted to wear my cool purple scarf and jacket, so I suffered for vanity.

Top Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Mary Mascari

10. Mary writes Science Fiction and/or Fantasy novels and short stories.  She won the Illinois Science Fiction in Illinois Short Fiction contest two years in a row (2010 and 2011) with her short stories “Lost and Found” and “The Pod.”

9.  Mary lives in Waukegan, Illinois with her two kids, one husband, and life size reproduction of Han Solo in carbonite.

8.  Mary loves Doctor Who, but came to Whovianism late.  She used to watch Monty Python every Sunday night on PBS, followed by Dave Allen At Large, but turned the TV off when Doctor Who started because, judging by the opening credits, she thought it was a scary show.  Years later, she was furious that no one told her earlier that it was funny.

7.  Mary has a day job working for Kraft Foods.  She’s also really nerdy about usability, which is the funnest way to make a living that isn’t writing.

6.  Mary hates cilantro with a passion.  She has no idea why everyone seems to like putting soap on their food, but, you know.  Different Strokes.

5.  Mary’s favorite authors include: Douglas Adams, Guy Gavriel Kay, William Faulkner, Alice Hoffman, Anne McCaffrey (before she started writing the same story over and over), Orson Scott Card (before he got all political), Robert Heinlein, Jasper Fforde, and this item is getting a little long.

4.  Mary doesn’t watch much TV, since she usually falls asleep on the couch thirty minutes after putting the kids to bed.  But when she does, it’s usally last night’s Craig Ferguson from TiVo.

3.  Mary also doesn’t see movies very often, unless it’s a Pixar movie, in which case she’s all over it.  She has a hand-written letter from Pete Docter framed in her office.

2. Mary can’t cook at all (seriously, she tends to wander off in the middle of food preparation.  She has actually messed up boiling water), but she loves to bake, and decorates some super-cute cakes.

1.  Mary’s favorite Beatle is John Lennon.  He’s also one of her favorite musicians, famous people, and human beings she hasn’t met.


3 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Pierre Miller October 27, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Hey, Congratulations on the win of your short stories these past two years. Is there any way I can get a copy of the text? Pierre.

    • marymascari October 28, 2012 at 7:31 am #


      Thanks for the kind words. I’m still submitting those stories around, so I’ll let you know when one appears in a magazine.

  2. LizV October 8, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Hi Mary – You don’t know me from Adam, but I wonder if I could pick your brain about ISFiC contest acceptance speeches? I, er, have reason to need to know. 😉

    Please drop me a line at 7aabm48855 AUTON snkmail DALEK com (replace alien invaders with appropriate punctuation) if you wouldn’t mind chatting.

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