Mary Anna Evans

Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but writing stories gives her a chance to go beyond studying how the world works, concentrating more on how people tick.  

Wounded Earth, features environmentalist Larabeth McLeod in a duel to the death against a stalker who calls himself Babykiller.  Her Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries include Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, Plunder, Rituals, Isolation and, new in 2017, Burials.  All of her books are available in print and ebook editions. 

Her characters, Larabeth McLeod and Faye Longchamp, live the exciting lives of an environmental scientist and an archaeologist, and Mary Anna envies them a little.  Her novels have been on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's (IMBA) bestseller list and they have been designated Notable Books by Booksense and Indiebound. Mary Anna has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, and a Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal.  Her books have been nominated for the Oklahoma Book Award, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year and for the SIBA Book Award.  For more information on Mary Anna and her work, go to

Book(s) By Mary Anna Evans


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I'm a chemical engineer by education and license, but reading has been my favorite thing for as long as I can remember.  It was only natural that I would want to tell my own stories.  In 2003, my first novel Artifacts, a mystery about an archaeologist named Faye Longchamp, was published and I've been a full-time writer ever since.  I just turned in the seventh installment in that awardwinning series, Plunder.  Because I'm seen as a mystery author, but writers don't always write just one thing, I had a thriller and a bunch of previously published short stories in my hip pocket when the recent revolution in publishing began.  I started Joyeuse Press and published them myself.  I'm particularly thrilled to see Wounded Earth in print, because its characters are among my favorites.


Describe your book ‘Wounded Earth’ in 30 words or less.


Larabeth McLeod has beauty, money, success, and old secrets.  When Babykiller begins stalking her, she fights back, until he exposes her most tender secret--the daughter she's never met. Larabeth is a normal woman, up against a babykiller. But maybe Babykiller should have picked someone else for his twisted games...


What was the hardest part of writing your book?


I wrote Wounded Earth when I was on bedrest while pregnant with my third child.  Sometimes the hardest thing was seeing my laptop screen, because my belly was in the way!


What books have had the greatest influence on you?


My archaeological mysteries are most influenced by Tony Hillerman, James Michener (particularly The Source) and Edmund Rutherford (particularly Sarum and Londonfor subject matter, and by James Lee Burke, P.D. James, and William Faulkner for style.  Wounded Earth is actually more influenced by Hitchcock's movies, particularly The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which an ordinary person matches wits with a brilliant and utterly unscrupulous villain over the very highest of stakes.  In the case of Larabeth McLeod, the stakes are the environment, the safety of innocent bystanders and, most personal of all, the life of her daughter.


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


I try to maintain an online presence in the form of a website, a personal blog on my website, a group blog at The LadyKillers, a facebook page, and participation in various online communities.  I advertise on various websites, I tweet, and I do guest blogs.  I also do behind-the-scenes work, like hiring a professional to do the cover and layout for Wounded Earth and networking with other writers.  It's an ongoing process.  Here are the pertinent links:!/maryannaevans


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?


I spend time with my boyfriend and my children and my grandchildren.  I'm a serious amateur musician, so I spend a good bit of time with my piano.  I love to garden, focusing mostly on vegetables, roses, and native plants.  North Florida is just so beautiful, so I like to spend time hiking and canoeing.  And, of course, I read!


What are you working on next?


I have two books on editors' desks right now, waiting for final comments.  One is the seventh Faye Longchamp archaeological mystery, Plunder, which will be out in January.  The other is a book for the educational market called Mathematical Literacy in the Middle and Secondary Grades, which will be out in spring 2012.  Until both those books are in final form, I won't be starting another mystery, because that art form requires my full attention.  In the meantime, I'm compiling a full-length collection of my short work and I'm writing a how-to-write book called Your Novel in A Year...Or Less, both of which will be out in the autumn of 2011.


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