Mary Ann is from Peoria, IL originally. She spent 30 years
of her life there before moving to the Chicago area. 25 of
her years in Peoria were spent doing music, theatre and dance.
She performed in local theatre as well as summer stock, and a
She began to write at a very early age but the writer was a very
private part of her and something she never spoke about.
She transported her writings with her from place to place and
would just file them away. After divorcing in 1989, Mary
Ann got her Master's Degree and along with her private practice,
which she began in 1986, she was facilitating a Binge/Compulsive Eaterís Group.
In 1993-4, at one of meetings, she met a writer who encouraged
her to publish her writings.
She diligently typed these writings for a period of time and
then she would put them aside. At that point in her life,
her mother was living in a retirement home in Peoria and Mary
Ann would go to visit her and perform various musical programs
for the residents at which time she decided to record the
programs she had put together.
A friendís son had attended St Bede High School in Peru, IL and
introduced her to a monk at the monastery who was the head of
the music department there which led to her recording 6 CDĒs
there from 2001-2007. The CDís include sacred songs,
musical comedy, old standards, Christmas and wedding music. (If
you would like to hear sound bytes from any of Mary Annís CDís,
please visit www.songsfrommyheart.com)
In March of 2006, Mary Ann was singing for a service at a local
church and she and the accompanist began to talk. Mary Ann
realized this was a person she needed to hire to work in her
office. Shortly after Julie began to work for Mary Ann,
she brought up her writings and asked Julie if she had ever done
any editing. The reply was no, but letís try it! And
so began an twelve-year-long journey which has culminated in
completion of six of the seven books in thePutting
the Pieces Togetherseries.