Welcome back to another Author Spotlight! This week, I’d like to introduce you to Mary A. Clark.
Mary A. Clark was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to parents who lived on the Rutgers University campus. Her family moved to Florida, where she spent her formative years, and was infused with awe and respect for the natural world. She was also aware of the lives of migrant workers, segregation, and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Upon moving back to New Jersey, she attended a county college and graduated from Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in psychology. She had a strong sense of being a misfit, which propelled her to find her own place and occupation. She moved to New York City, and worked at the Poetry Festival at St. Clement’s Church, in the then outcast wilds of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. For many years she worked for community organizations, assisting people with housing, education, and other issues. Later she relocated to Florida, and then moved to Virginia where she lives with her mother and three rescue cats.
Let’s take a look at her book, Racing the Sun
What do you do when everything and everyone around you – the man you love, your best friends, your co-workers – are changing, and you are also changing? This is the dilemma Leila Payson faces as she charts her own path. Will her new lover, Mark, make the journey with her, or will he be seduced by another love? Her friend Dov is on the wing, seeking love in forbidden places. Another friend, Maria, makes some unusual choices. Leila must decide whether to stay in her job as a teacher or run her new group bringing together disabled and non-disabled people. Then there are those stones with mysterious symbols in the local park’s garden, a DNA surprise, a cult, rumors, and a renegade guidance counselor. Being a trusting, caring person in the modern world, Leila finds, comes with its challenges.
“Mary Clark is out with her second book of this series. Well-developed, diverse range of characters you may easily recognize. Smooth reading with striking metaphors. You may easily start the series with this book first, if you like. A fiction of exploration for your mind. I highly recommend this book! Mary is a poet, a true thinker.” — Sally Young-eslinger, artist and avid reader
“Racing the Sun follows on from Miami Morning as a novel with a conscience, its protagonist, Leila, living professionally and personally with a sense of urgency, yet not adverse to pausing here and there in appreciation of simpler moments. This engaging narrative is full of conversations of purpose and planning, framed by a sense of place and belonging, but, also, exploration, drawing the reader into a diverse community of friends, colleagues, and new and unexpected acquaintances who support and challenge each other and, ultimately, discover collaboration is the way to make positive things happen.” — D. M. Denton, author of Without The Veil Between, Anne Bronte: A Fine and Subtle Spirit