Press Kit

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Biography:

Mary Monica Pulver (her maiden name) is an incidental Hoosier — Terre Haute, Indiana, had the hospital closest to her parents’ home in Marshall, Illinois. She spent the later part of her childhood and early adult life in Wisconsin, graduating from high school in Milwaukee. She was a journalist in the U.S. Navy for six and a half years (two in London), and later attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is married to a museum curator.

Mary Monica sold her first short story, “Pass the Word,” to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, in 1983, and has since sold more than two dozen short stories to anthologies and magazines, including some in Germany, England, Italy and France. She has appeared in such anthologies as The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives, The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits, The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives, Shakespearean Mysteries, Royal Whodunnits, Unholy Orders, Murder Most Crafty, and Silence of the Loons.

Her first mystery novel, Murder at the War, appeared from St. Martin’s Press in 1987 and was nominated for an Anthony as Best First Novel. The Unforgiving Minutes and Ashes to Ashes followed in 1988; but Original Sin was sold to Walker, who also presented the fifth book, Show Stopper, in May of 1992. Berkley Diamond brought these mysteries out in paperback. They feature detective Peter Brichter – a cop one reviewer said was “a hardboiled sleuth who’s somehow landed in a cozy mystery”.

Berkley published six medieval mysteries Mary Monica wrote in collaboration with Gail Frazer under the pseudonym Margaret Frazer: The Novice’s Tale, The Servant’s Tale (nominated for an Edgar as Best Original Paperback of 1993), The Outlaw’s Tale, The Bishop’s Tale, The Boy’s Tale, and The Murderer’s Tale. The detective in the mysteries is a nun, Dame Frevisse, a niece by marriage of Thomas Chaucer, the legendary Geoffrey’s son. The stories take place in England in the 1430s. Gail continued the series alone.

In 1998 Mary Monica began writing a new series for Berkley featuring amateur needleworking sleuth Betsy Devonshire. Set in Excelsior, Minnesota, Crewel World came out in March and was followed by Framed in Lace, A Stitch in Time, Unraveled Sleeve, A Murderous Yarn, Hanging by A Thread, Cutwork, Crewel Yule, Embroidered Truths, Sins and Needles, Knitting Bones, Thai Die, Blackwork, Buttons and Bones, Threadbare, and And Then You Dye. The first six were paperback originals, then they became hardcovers followed by paperback editions. These light and traditional novels are written under the pseudonym Monica Ferris, and all have gone to multiple printings – the first one is in its eighteenth printing!

Mary Monica has taught courses on mystery writing to children at North Hennepin Community College, gifted children in District #287, and adults at one-evening seminars at Hennepin and Ramsey County libraries. She does lectures and signings, and has appeared on panels at mystery and science fiction conventions, including Bouchercon, Minicon, Diversicon, Magna Cum Murder, and Malice Domestic. She has spoken to stitchery guilds on local, state, and national levels. She has won a place on national and local best-seller lists, including USA Today and the independent mystery bookstore compilation. She is a member of Sisters in Crime (a national organization that promotes women who write mystery fiction), remains a paid speaker on the life of a mystery author, and is a volunteer for Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, and in area public schools.

Mary Monica studies the medieval period as an amateur, and does needlework. She is a Lay Eucharistic Visitor and Lector at the Episcopal Church of St. George in Minneapolis. She collects and is often seen in exuberant hats.

23 Responses to Press Kit

  1. Monica, I am the librarian at Textile Center Library. You will be coming for an Author Bag Lunch event on December 20, 2011 from noon to 1 when your new book in the Betsy Devonshire slouth series comes out. I was wondering if you would like to exhibit some of your hats in the library Dec. 1 to Dec. 20th? Everyone would enjoy seeing them.
    Nancy Mambi
    Textile Center Pat O’Connor Librarian
    Textile Center
    3000 University Ave SE

  2. I think that’s a delightful idea! How many hats should I bring? (I have around thirty hats.)

    Mary Monica

  3. Sandra Armstrong says:

    Dear Monica, not sure this is the place to mention this however I just finished Crewel Yule (I’ve been sick and had it from a book fair in a pile to read; even tho it’s not Christmas season). In the beginning it refers to a 911 operator with a 911 call. My previous job was a Nationally certified 911 operator. I thought you might like to know that the call would have started with “911, WHERE is your emergency?” not What is your emergency. It is irrelevant WHAT the emergency is if we cannot FIND the emergency. If the person were shot and all we got was they were shot we would have NO IDEA where the person was. If all we got was the ADDRESS, that would get emergency help there and we could then assess the situation. Your books are so accurate in the stitching and fabrics, the materials, etc, I thought you should know that the accuracy on the 911 call wasn’t there. Besides, we would not ask if the person were really dead either that is for the medical examiner; or the OIC to figure out ; nor let them know we were very busy and it would be a while (other districts cover in cases such as these). Just a few pointers there, other than that the book was very good.

  4. Hilary Toren says:

    Mary Monica–I’d like to get in touch with you to see about the possibility of an author reading at one of our libraries in Scott County in October or November, 2011. Thanks.

    • Hilary Toren says:

      Mary Monica–I got an email from you after I contacted you about a possible author reading at one of libraries in Scott County and I responded, but then I didn’t hear anything back from you. Should I be sending it to a different email account? One of our libraries is very interesed in having you talk at their library. I’d also be happy to talk with you on the phone, if you’d prefer. Thanks!

    • I am open to that. I have a guest coming from Mexico to stay with us the first two weeks of October, but she might be interested in watching me give my talk.

  5. Hilary Toren says:

    Mary–I emailed you with some specific dates about a presentation in October or November. Can you take a look at that email and get back to me? Or I’d be happy to call you and talk about possibilities on the phone. I’ve got to get this arranged in the next week and we’d really enjoy having you talk at the library, but I need to talk specifics with you. Or give me a call at 952-447-3375.
    Thanks!
    Hilary Toren
    Prior Lake Branch Library
    htoren@co.scott.mn.us

  6. Hilary Toren says:

    Mary Pulver– This is the email that apparently didn’t through to you. I don’t see your calendar listed in your email, but here are the dates we’d like to see if you’re available: (all from 7:00- 8:00 PM)
    Thur 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/17
    Tues 10/25
    Monday 11/14

    Also, what would you charge for an hour presentation? As I mentioned in the first email we have funding through the Legacy Amendment to pay for these presentations and could pay you $250 for an hour’s talk, but this is also negotiable.

    If any of these dates works, just let me know and I’ll email you a short contract for the program that we’ll ask you to complete it and send to MELSA (the Metropolitan Library Service Agency) prior to the talk, as they are administrating the Legacy funds for all library programming.

    Let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to having you be a part of this author series!

    If it all possible, could you just call me at 952-447-3375 so that we can talk about this? It somehow seems that my emails are not getting through to you and I need to get plans in place by the end of the month. Thanks!

    Hilary Toren
    Branch Manager
    Prior Lake Branch Library
    Scott County Library System
    952-447-3375
    htoren@co.scott.mn.us

  7. Oliver Puvkett says:

    I stumbled upon Blackwork at a Barnes and Noble recently, and from the time I got midway through the book, I was addicted. I’m an avid reader and your stories were so rich with detail, yet easily read. I was able to sink my teeth into them in minutes. It’s been a little over 2 weeks since I read Blackwork, and I have completely read all but 2 or 3 books. Not only have you brought me into a genre of reading that I was never drawn to. You have also re-ignited my joy in needle crafts. I’m now working to bring my Counted up to a more intermediate level, I am also looking into learning Needle Point, and Knitting. I’ve been doing Counted and Crochet since I was a kid. So, thank you!!!

  8. Laura says:

    since I don’t have the book following Sins and Bones—what happened to Godwin???

    • Ellen says:

      Hi – I’m Ellen, Monica’s webmistress. And I’m afraid you’ve asked for an indeterminate book: do you mean Sins and Needles, Knitting Bones, or Buttons and Bones? In all cases, he’s still at Crewel World. He’s learning to play golf with his boyfriend Rafael. And Rafael is thinking of starting his own shop. Godwin will be tempted.

      • oliver puckett says:

        Noooo……nothing should ever separate Betsy and Godwin. Its like peanutbutter and jelly

      • Pam Bagley says:

        I agree. Betsy and Godwin are perfect compliments to each other and balance out each others characters and flaws.

  9. Monica Campbell says:

    Hi,

    I’m the Adult Services Manager for Anoka County Library and part of my responsibilities include overseeing our winter reading program for adults, which is called Winter Jackets and runs from January 17, 2012 – February 29, 2012. Because of legacy funding, the last few years we’ve been able to provide author visits for our customers during that time. Our customers are always drawn to Minnesota authors, so I was wondering if you might be interested in providing an author program at the Rum River Library on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

    Please let me know if you might be interested, and your fee for a one hour program. Legacy funding also allow us to pay mileage in addition to an honorarium, if that’s a consideration.

    Thanks very much,

    Monica Campbell
    monica.campbell@co.anoka.mn.us
    763-712-2322

  10. Barb Hegfors says:

    Hi Monica,
    We look forward to your visit here at the Shakopee Library in a couple of weeks. Is it possible for the local cable station to video tape your visit here? Is it also possible to get your phone # in case we would need it?
    Barb Hegfors
    Shakopee Library

  11. Hi,
    This message is for Mary Monica Pulver. My name is Tyler Rabe, the Television Production Specialist at the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission. We are the community television station for 17 cities around the Lake Minnetonka area. The reason I am contacting is that we would love to get Mary to do an interview with us. We recently became aware of Mary’s books from the article published in Lake Minnetonka Magazine. We were also recently featured in the magazine, and we both have the same goal of highlighting local citizens in our community. I could not find a phone number, otherwise I would have tried contacting you directly.
    We have a monthly news-program here at the LMCC called Lakeside News, and we have a regular occurring segment called Around the Lake, where we spotlight local citizens or business’ that are making a difference. We are hoping to set up the interview for early November, and would love to hear back from you as soon as possible. Here is an example of a recently completed Around the Lake segment we did with local artist Philip Noyed, to give you an example of what we are hoping to accomplish.

    If you have a phone number that I could get a hold of you that would be great, so we can talk and hammer out more details, otherwise, my number and email are at the bottom and I can be contacted anytime. Thanks, and I hope we can work together soon!

    Tyler Rabe
    Television Production Specialist
    Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission
    952-471-7125 (ext. 106)

  12. penmouse711 says:

    Hi Monica – You asked me to contact you here regarding the radio opportunity on the 6th but I don’t see a contact tab. Please send me a note and we can discuss.

    Thank you,
    Stacy Verdick Case

  13. Hey would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  14. Pam Bagley says:

    I love the Needlecraft Mystery series. The characters in the book seem to come alive to me and I find as I go from book to book I am wondering how each character is doing as if they are real instead of fiction. The plots in the book are very clever and well thought out. I first started reading the series because of the name and started feeling nostalgic (and a little guilty) because I used to do embroidery and cross stitch often. There is a peace you find inside when creating your own work of art (even if it is not a work of art to anyone else). I have often thought how wonderful it would be to own a shop like that and just walk downstairs to go to work. I have currently finished Threadbare and am reluctant to start the last book because I do not want the series to be over. It is almost like saying good-bye to friends you have never met but feel you know intimately if that makes any sense. I will savor the last book in the series with the hope you are working on another one.

    • Ellen says:

      Thanks for the comment — which I will pass on to Monica. I can assure you there are more books in the works. She just signed a contract for three more. The Drowning Spool is due in February, and she’s working on another which’ll probably be called The Needle Case.

  15. N l rigggs says:

    I have not yet seen “the Drowning Spool” Is it out?

    • Ellen says:

      Yes indeed! It’s been out for several months now. (You can check it out on Amazon.com). The next book, which was to be called The Needle Case, renamed Darned if you Do, is in New York with the publisher. And Monica is hard at work on the next book, but just at the beginning.
      As for me, I’ve been a lazy webmistress and should get things up more rapidly.

      -Ellen

  16. Nola says:

    Thanks Ellen, I will place an order with Amazon. Looking forward to reading it.

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