Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, and nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.
You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance, the Hickville series, which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”
She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for her YA epic fantasy, the Magic Harvest series, beginning with Magic Harvest.
She recently moved to Texas from the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she was a certified professional ski instructor. She loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.
Whether in Scotland or Texas, Mary loves horses, dogs, cats, small-town diners and out-of-the-way pubs, country and traditional Celtic music, Gin, Single Malt Scotch, and an occasional beer.