Mary Wolf wrote her first novel at the age of 12 when she ran out of TRIXIE BELDEN books--she wrote her own. She and her friends became secondary characters in the story. Then Mary and her best friend discovered Harlequin Romances (smuggled from her friend's mom) and so began her love affair with the romance genre. Several careers (and motherhood) have kept Mary occupied over the years but she continued to read romances and dreamed of writing them. Her fifth trip to accompany her Invention Consultant husband to the National Inventor's Congress sparked the idea for her first novel. Stopping in a store for a paperback to read while her husband was busy, she instead picked up a notebook and started writing THE MARRIAGE PATENT. She has since purchased Hard Shell Word Factory, her original publisher. Prior to that Mary belonged to RWA, WisRWA, the Outreach Chapter of RWA, the FF&P RWA Chapter, Painted Rock (Online) Writers and Readers Colony, and was a founding member of EPIC. She resides in central Wisconsin with her husband, Rodney, their two sons, two cats, and an assortment of uninvited wildlife.