About the Author

 Mary Gilmartin is a  reader, talker, listener and writer.  She was born in a farmhouse in Tennessee, but spent her childhood growing up in the mountains of  Western North Carolina  in the Great Smoky Mountains. Then, she moved to Atlanta where she has spent most of her adult life working for large corporations. When the economy changed, March of 2009, she changed careers.  Now, she works pursuing her passion for writing and enjoying the outdoors. Her life is a non-stop spiraling adventure that continues to excite her every day when she sits down to write another story. Her first book,  Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey, published in May of 2012

          Book 1

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Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey available in bookstores online.

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112 responses to “About the Author

  1. Hi Mary – lovely story about yourself. I bet your childhood was wonderful. I have been in Great Smoky Mountains, it’s a magical place.
    – Ruta

  2. Interesting projects you’re into. Thanks for finding my blog at siximages.me.

  3. thanks for stopping by and deciding to follow my blog. I was glad to see you enjoyed the railway museum as much as I did. My grandson loves trains and I am going to take him there when he gets a little older,

    • You’re welcome. Since your grandson loves trains, there’s a great DVD hosted by Levar Burton of Reading Rainbow called “Kate Shelley and the midnight express” I recommend. My grandson, who is now 7 years old, loved watching this (and learning about the train) when he was 4 years old; and it became one of my/our favorites. Our local library had a copy.

  4. Good for you Mary, to be pursuing your passion and enjoying the outdoors… I think I will enjoy your blog. Best, Paula

    • Thanks, Paula. I’ve always believed everyone should follow their dreams and passion doing whatever makes them happy. Come back and visit any time. I think you will find a lot of things to read about on my site.

  5. Hi Mary, Thank you for liking my blog and commenting on my posting on Van Gogh. It led me to your blog. I enjoy your mix of subject materials, especially the postings on books and writing. Keep up your creative endeavors and your support of others.

    • Thanks for commenting. I try to keep the postings varied on subjects and glad you like the ones on writing and books, my passion. And, I agree everyone should “realize their dreams”. Life is good and a blessing every day working towards the goals we set for ourselves.

  6. Thank you for liking one of my blog entries. You have some wonderful photographs and great words on your site.

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. Your blogs are certainly inspiring!

  8. I lost my job(s) in 2009 also. Oh well. I was getting tired of being stuck in traffic for hours on I-95 for hours on end anyway. I was a desktop publisher (15 years) in Northern VA, and I was in the Washington National Opera (13 years).I haven’t really found anywhere else to fit in. Haven’t figured out how to publish a book, but I would love to do something like that! I’ve been kind of floundering ….lost at sea.I have recently been a companion for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. I’ve been told I’m very entertaining. 🙂 I’ve been wandering all my life, so I certainly understand feeling lost.Stone Mountain? I remember going there a long, long time ago. I think it is in Georgia? Beautiful area!

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting. The best way to publish is have your manuscript ready and edited, then find a trusted publisher. Take control of your destiny and then you will be successful. Yes, I have found the area around where I live is beautiful and I get out to explore it as much as I can every day. Check around some of my postings. I think you will find some that you like.

  9. Thanks for checking out Visions and Revisions, Mary. Your book sounds great. I write mystery and middle-grade books.

    • You’re welcome and thanks for commenting. When I decided to publish, I envisioned my first book would be a trilogy. Hopefully I will finish it this year and that’s when the real adventure begins with other stories and manuscripts to finish. I like mystery – what is the link to one of your books?

  10. I have sent you some awards to appreciate your very interesting blog and your support of mine. Hope you’ll accept. Please check out:
    http://opallaontrails.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/a-few-more-awards-have-arrived/

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours!

    • You’re welcome and thanks for visiting. I try to keep my postings brief and hope you find some of them interesting enough to stop and read. One day perhaps I’ll find enough information about my ancestors to write about them.

  12. Mary, thanks for liking both my ‘about page’ and ‘Quarry Flora’, it really is appreciated so thank you. Reading your own about it would seem that there are similarities, albeit I have yet to strike out and determine my own path. The theme of your book looks interesting, will have to check out more of your site. Oh, given your name are you of Irish descent? MM

    • Glad you stopped by to read some of my postings. It must be the luck of the Irish as the last name definitely came from Ireland. Gil, means son of, thus the great-grandfather’s name must have been Martin.

  13. Jackie

    Thanks so much for visiting and liking my posts! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here and look forward to following your posts.

  14. Hello, Mary. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I can see you have been able to hone in on your craft. Way to go!

  15. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Much appreciated.:)

    • I found you site interesting as it centers around a preventive healthy lifestyle and being active. I think one of the best things a person can do for their bodies is to keep moving and walking.

  16. Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray

  17. Very glad to have found your blog, Mary. Thank you for stopping by mine.

  18. Very pleased to meet you, hope this leads to a lasting friendship. Have a great day.

  19. Thanks and drop by my site anytime, too.

  20. Thank you for stoping by Storyteller. My online blogging friend Vera suggested that I follow you after showing me your postcard post about The French Quarter. — Ray

  21. Hi there. Thanks for stopping by my blog and also for the like. Appreciate it and I look forward to checking out more of your blog. I love writing. Always have and wished I had more time to focus on it. Maybe after Jim’s transplant I can pursue it. Thanks again. Hope you’re well!! Cheryl

  22. Mary, I’m pleased that you enjoyed my posts on “Swords, Specters, & Stuff.” You’re welcome back anytime!

  23. Congratulations, Mary!

    I have nominated your blog for the WordPress Family Award.

    More about this award is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/wordpress-family-award-thanks-ajaytao-2010-and-oasien/

  24. Thank you for your generous like of “The Walk” on my amateur art blog! I’m only beginning to browse your blog, but I can tell already that I’ll be spending a lot of time reading here 🙂 Thank you! ~Scott

    • You’re welcome and keep painting. Thanks for dropping by my site. I hope you enjoy reading my postings.

      • artscottnet

        Thank you for following me to my new site, and for the likes. I don’t always click like and comment as often as I should, but I know it fills up email inboxes and takes time to respond, but I am an avid reader and love your blog, lots of golden nuggets to be inspired by, thank you

  25. I took your advice, thank you.
    It is a longish piece so I did a bit of editing and applied a few things I have learned since being on this site and hopefully it will hold the reader’s interest. I’m glad you liked the ‘Three Brothers’ piece, I really enjoyed writing it. I’ll do a bit of work to it and reblog it in a couple of days. Thank you for the encouragement and the suggestions. You are a legend.
    Terry

  26. Thank you for the likes, it’s very encouraging.
    Terry

    • Your writing on your site is interesting. You mentioned you had written a book about your home schooling, but I don’t seem to find a link to where it can be purchased.

      • Hi Mary, a trip to schoome.net will get you to details about the book but basically there are two options for paper and a PDF version as well. Hit the ‘message me’ button and I can sort out any details for you. P.S. I noticed that you read my story ‘The Rat’. People hardly ever go that far back into my posts, well done on your hunting skills. I think it is a shame that this story does not get many views, but I would think that, wouldn’t I?

      • I visited your link and browsed throughout your site reading and found your “A Tale of 3 Brothers”, a very good story. Your books look like a great read for those educating their children (mine are already grown, by the way).PS: However, I have a suggestion for you about your story ‘The Rat’. Write a short preview about it and then reblog it again on that page… I bet you will get some reads.

  27. Thanks for liking my post on Chasing Wave and I really appreciate your poetic comment! I am starting to learn how to write and in my second language too. I have so much to learn from you, and I’ll follow your Blog. Hope you’ll follow mine too and give your comments. 🙂

  28. Hi Mary, good news!

    I have nominated your blog for the Most Influential Blogger Award.

    The rules of this award are at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/most-influential-blogger-award-thanks-tazein/

    Congratulations!

  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog Mary… congrats on being a published author!!

  30. Thanks very much for visiting my blog. I also do some creative writing, but it’s sort of on pause at the moment for some reason. We are also considering relocating to Atlanta (from Jamaica)… Stone Mountain sounds rather beautiful, though. Please visit me again! Thanks.

  31. Thanks for liking my post on maple syrup, and this has led me to discover your very interesting Blog. I like reading and cooking, and what you have written. I am now following your Blog, and hope you’ll follow mine too,
    http://www.opallaontrails.wordpress.com

  32. Hello and thanks for the “like” on thesaltwatertwin. It’s always a treat to connect with other writers!

    • You’re welcome and your mention of reading “Dick and Jane” books reminds me of how great they were and the book “Happy Days with our friends” is all about Dick and Jane too and still a good primer for a 6 year old. Keep writing…

  33. Mary, thanks for stopping by my blog. Much appreciated!

    • You’re welcome and good luck on your submission. In your posting it’s interesting what Terry Deary, the British author said about the library system. I love the the library and hope they stay around for a long, long time. It’s the first place I go to read a book by a new author and if I like it, I buy it for my own home library. Nothing better than feeling the paper between your fingers as you read and turn the pages, so “hurrah for libraries” and boo to Terry Deary.

  34. Hi, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my Friday’s Fences post. My childhood home was across the highway from a dairy barn, so I guess I have a “soft spot” for cows. I saw that you live near Stone Mountain; we visited there back in the early 1970’s!

  35. Thanks for the card and greeting. I hope you had a great day.

  36. Hallo,

    This is for you, for being kind for others and me, http://www.bigcards.nl/card/pickup/bc-c7cf3c10/

    Sweet Valentine greetings, Summer

  37. Thank you for your visit to my blog! Vera

  38. Hi Mary, thanks for the comment. If you’re a facebook user we’d love for you to “like” our page. See you there!

  39. Intelligent, sensitive, inquisitive blog! Thanks for visiting mine!

  40. I am glad you re-blogged Sotardalen Nokota horses, it’s the most peaceful blog filled with nature’s beauty! I am now a follower, thanks for sharing 🙂

  41. Hi Mary,
    thanks so much for the like on my blog at http://www.midihideaways.wordpress.com !! I’m always thrilled to get a like from a writer! Good luck with your next publication, it’ll be exciting I’m sure.

  42. Hi Mary, congratulations on your new life outside corporations and also congrats on publishing your first book! You are a great example for me. You might not know it but your story just confirmed for me my own decision 🙂

    • Thank you, Martina. I’m glad to hear about your decision. You might want to read my posting under writing, about being a visionary. And, please keep walking and hiking to the High Tatras in Slovakia in milder weather

  43. ajaytao2010

    Liked reading about you.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections,
    I feel you may find something of your interest.

  44. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog.Yes I am very strong desire to sail solo around the world in 2013 May. I am trying to open my blog more in public I hope people support my voyage around the world,also I am looking sponsors in companies,but not every one knows my the blog.
    Happy New Year!

  45. Nice to come across another writer, Mary. Congratulations on your book! Hope there are many more in store for you. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

  46. I am honoured to have you come and pay me a visit and look forward to my visits here too 🙂

  47. Hi Mary. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking “Make Life Bloom”. I appreciate both. Please do stop by again.
    I think my son’s would like your book. I’m going to recommend it. Thanks!

    Robyn

  48. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

  49. Thank you for visiting my blog . You are everything, reader, writer, listener and talker :))

  50. Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog! Your’s looks lovely, I’m going to stick around as I really want to write children’s books too and yours looks very interesting! Congratulations on getting published =^.^=

  51. Mary, congratulations for following your passion to write full time. It’s nice to make these changes as yet “another career” isn’t it? We may not be the X generation or whatever letter they are using now, but we can still make changes, too. Thank you for stopping by Bellissima.

    • Thanks, Kathie. Now, let’s get to work and accomplish those goals we have set for ourselves. I’m rather ambitious and realized getting the first three will take me another year: 1) finish books 2 and 3 of the Adventures with Easton 2) a young children’s illustrated book and 3) a book of short stories.

  52. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate, I’m following yours now,

  53. Thanks for stopping by our blog. I like what I see in yours. bill

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