Mary Patterson Thornburg

To celebrate Milele Safari’s stint as one of Rave Reviews Book Club Books of the Month for November 2015, I’m starting a new author feature for all writer-reviewers who’ve been kind enough to read my first novel from it’s publication at the end of 2013 to date. Today it is my great pleasure to have you meet former English academic, editor and Sic-Fi, Fantasy and (a smidge of) Horror author Mary Patterson Thornburg …

ABOUT MARY BY… MARY aka MIKI*

M&catHello! I’m Mary Patterson Thornburg, known to my friends as “Miki.” Let me give a little self-introduction…

I was born in Long Beach, California, and lived there until I was five, when my family moved to a little town in Washington called Chewelah. My brother and I went to school there, first to St. Mary’s – grades one through nine – and then to Jenkins High, where the students came not only from town but also from most of the surrounding valley, fifteen miles or so in all directions. There were sixty-six in my graduating class, which tells you just how small that town was.
After college (in Spokane and then in Bozeman, Montana) I moved to Indiana, where I studied and later taught – maybe I should say “attempted to teach” – English at Ball State University, mostly first-year composition. That was sometimes frustrating, because it was a series of required classes for students who hadn’t “tested out” of them, the students often feared the class, and the rules for instructors were often stifling. But I, at least, learned a lot. During those years I also worked off and on as a secretary, full-time, part-time, and temporary, and learned a lot there, too.
I’ve lived in small cities, small towns, and once, for three memorable years, in a big old house in the country, a half-mile from the county road, thirty yards or so from a sometimes gentle, sometimes raging river, between a cornfield and an old graveyard.
At last I’ve come back to Montana, which was my parents’ home state. Now I live in a small house a few blocks north of Main Street with my husband, Thomas, and our three cats, Fergus, Zulu, and Spooky. Our back yard is full of very old lilac bushes. Between our front yard and the street is a tall caragana hedge that my father planted fifty years ago.
For quite a few years I’ve been writing fiction – mostly fantasy, science-fantasy, a little horror, a little science fiction, a ghost story or two (is a ghost story fantasy? Well, that depends, doesn’t it…) and a bit of plain old mainstream fiction. I’ve also written some non-fiction and some poems.

* Taken from Mary’s website

ABOUT SOME OF MARY’S BOOKS

(all descriptions can be found on the individual Amazon pages or as shown otherwise)


BWThe Boy-Wolf
 

Lashti is the first boy Vivia has ever noticed, really – certainly the only one who’s ever made her feel the way he makes her feel. His touch is the sweetest thing she’s ever known.
But Lashti has a problem. When the moon is full, he… changes.
It’s an illness, he thinks. A curse. And Vivia knows he’s right. She knows, too, that she can cure him. The trouble is that, if she allows herself to do what will cure Lashti, she’ll lose her own great gift. So she has a choice to make. Will it be the right one? There’s no way of knowing until after it’s made.
“The Boy-Wolf” is not your grandmother’s werewolf tale. It’s a story of young love, of illusion, of growing up. And of choosing…

GGA Glimmer of Guile
Vivia is what people in her world call a witch. She can create illusions, influence thoughts and feelings, move objects and light fires with her mind. But witches frighten people. There are some very bad ones out there – like Orath, “the Red Prince’s lady,” who has kidnapped the High King’s teenaged son, Tedor. A woman almost as scary as Orath has ordered Vivia to find and rescue the boy. She’d love to duck this assignment. But Taso Raym, the strongest male witch in the world, has also been kidnapped – at least it looks that way. It was Raym who taught Vivia how to use her own strengths and warned her that losing her virginity would almost certainly mean losing all her powers too. Their growing attraction to each other is why he ultimately sent her away. Although Vivia resents the way Raym dumped her, how can she leave him to Orath’s not-so-tender mercies? So Vivia’s off to the Red Prince’s kingdom to save Raym, save Tedor, and save herself a lot of trouble. To do this, she’ll have to win the battle of her life. Does she have a chance? Of course… well, maybe. While she is admittedly young, she’s nearly as strong as Orath… unless the Red Prince’s lady and Raym are in league with each other. Vivia’s always been something of a loner – she’s learned not to rely on anyone but herself. But maybe she’s going to need some help with this one…

UnderUnderland
“Pursued by menacing strangers through her small Midwest city, twelve-year-old Alyssha Dodson takes refuge in a mysterious room under a bridge, a place that turns out to be a doorway into another universe.In the country where she then finds herself, Alyssha learns that the pursuit has not ended.  A powerful and sinister man, Lord Raf Var Ne, seeks to gain possession of an object she was given years ago by her older brother a few days before he went missing.  Told she can’t return to her own world, she begins a search for that brother, aided by Lord Raf’s charming but impetuous stepson.  In the process, the two become involved in a revolutionary conflict.Underland is the story of a girl’s coming of age in the midst of an adventure like no other.

TKThe Kura
There’s something wrong with the Verdun Street Bridge in Granville. People don’t like the way it feels. They take the long way around it if they can – and Alyssha Dodson knows why. A dark doorway under that bridge leads to another world. Alyssha spent a summer there when she was a child. She’s promised her father she won’t go back. But now she has no choice, does she? A hit-and-run victim from that world has brought her a message of trouble there – a message she doesn’t understand, but one she has to deliver. Of course, she has other reasons for going back. There’s a place for her in Bandor, better than any place in her own world. It’s where she belongs. And there’s Kardl – the boy she met there when she was twelve. She’s daydreamed about him for all these years, and now he’ll be there, waiting for her the way she’s waited for him… Won’t he?

D&LDarkness and Light
Awakening in a dark cell, Adda is seized, bound, gagged and blindfolded by two strangers who drag him into a carriage and hustle him out of the city. He knows very little – only that their intent is murderous, and that if he wants to live he’ll have to think fast and act faster.
But then he learns a little more, and knows he must escape, at whatever cost. He has to take what he’s learned to a child he met years ago — who lives, now, in another universe…

“Darkness and Light” is a short story.

WestWestering
Poetry Collection by Mary Patterson Thornburg and LaVerne Hanners

 

 

 

DRThe Breakfast Rush & The Stealing of the Signal Cross (Dreamless Roads ~ a Fantasy Anthology)
The Breakfast Rush – Still on vaguely familiar territory, this time in the dusty desertlands of the United States, this quirky contemporary tale offers insights on being very careful about how hard you pursue your dreams and how far you can take others for granted.
Tree-loving Clare O’Beara subtly reminds us of the pleasure of simple things and how they stay with us throughout our lives for us to treasure as our days begin to fade away.
The Stealing of the Signal Cross – More epic fantasy again, with a nod to tradition and a whisper of archaic technologies. Here we have a beautiful queen seeking alliance with noble barbarians in common cause against invaders. The notion of civilised behaviour skates on very thin ice at times, as does political expediency when disparate cultures must collide to counter a mutual enemy.

Descriptions courtesy of dreamlessroads.blogspot.co.uk

MitMMonster in the Mirror
Gender and the Sentimental/Gothic Myth in Frankenstein (Studies in Speculative Fiction).
Now out of print, this early academic work foreshadows Mary’s body of work in the fantasy, myth and horror genres.


UT
On Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin
For CliffsNotes Study Guides
This study guide takes you though Eliza and Tom’s journeys by providing summaries and commentaries on each chapter of the novel. Critical essays give you insight into the major themes of the novel, as well as the novel’s structure and Gothic elements. Other features that help you study include

Character analyses of the main characters
A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
A section on the life and background of Harriet Beecher Stowe
A review section that tests your knowledge
A ResourceCenter full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

MTOn Cisnero’s The House on Mango Street & Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
For CliffsNotes Study Guides
This study guide takes you though Eliza and Tom’s journeys by providing summaries and commentaries on each chapter of the novel. Critical essays give you insight into the major themes of the novel, as well as the novel’s structure and Gothic elements. Other features that help you study include

Character analyses of the main characters
A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
A survey of the author’s life that offers insight into her writing style
A review section that tests your knowledge
A ResourceCenter full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

Find out much more about Mary and all her books on


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