Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello, my name is Mary, thanks for the interview)) I was born and have lived all my life in Boston, Massachusetts. I’ve been interested in psychology, relationships between adults and children since high school. I read a lot of works on parenthood, I started learning it when I even wasn’t married and not having children as well. I grew up with two sisters and a brother, maybe this forced me to have a closer look to nature of other people relationships))) I should mention that my parents worked in medicine. And then, after I’d had my own kids, I got to know many pediatricians in Boston and started participating in conferences in other cities. I always wanted to write, but as a student, even having learnt a lot on psychology, I didn’t dare to. Because I didn’t have my own children. Now I have three of them and all different ages and I know a thing or two about it and do want to share my knowledge and experience. “Toddler Discipline” is my first book, but definitely not the last. Wait for new books from me.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book, I’m working on now, is devoted to the transition to adulthood (potty training). I was inspired by my friends who asked me to make a short check-list of things you need to know. I love my friends so much )) they motivate me.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It’s funny, but I can only write when I’m in the mood for writing. I worked on my first book just for a couple of months, but I’m still writing the second one. Sometimes I write a chapter or two, but then I get back to it and improve)) I’m a perfectionist and like when everything is done at a higher level.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I read a lot, it’s hard to pick out someone. Each book influences people in its own way, especially, a writer. All the books on psychology, pediatrics, medicine, studies on relationships within the family are very long; life has changed a lot – everyone wants to grab information fast and effective, only important practical things. Maybe that inspired me to write shorter, but more practical guides))
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the third book, which is on baby psychology. In this book I try to combine research and everyday life practices, let’s see what happens. I’ll represent it soon
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m new to this and it’s difficult for me to navigate. You are the first who I’m giving an interview))) it means it’s already begun
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes ! I’d advise not to postpone it if you feel your vocation. Do write – make mistakes, listen to criticism, but do it boldly! If you have something to share – write
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” It’s Oprah’s words.
What are you reading now?
you won’t believe it… my daughter wants to become a vegan, so I learn to cook lentils balls, while reading and searching for all the books like “Delicious Vegan Recipes”
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’d like to create an independent association for female writers working on education and psychology in America, but lacking time or money, or both to publish them.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Fahrenheit 451; Dreiser’s American tragedy;
and I think some of Emily Dickinson’s poetry.