posted on April 26, 2018 by Mary J. Williams


by Mary J. Williams

Kind of a broad subject, I know. But don’t worry, I plan to narrow the field.

All the possibilities.

Have you ever noticed as we grow older our world begins to narrow? As children, we dream. Big dreams. Often impossible, but we don’t know the difference—or care. One of the first things I remember a teacher asking, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Honestly, I had no idea. I think I said a teacher. A great profession, noble, necessary, under-appreciated. But I didn’t dream of classrooms filled with eager faces, me at the front, filling minds with information.

I realize now what I wanted didn’t matter. Not then. The point was I could dream of any profession. And I did. Actor. Singer. Chef. All seemed glamorous and exciting.

Spoiler alert, I did not become an actor or singer. My cooking skills aren’t bad, but only my family gets to taste my culinary successes—and occasional failures.

Don’t get me wrong. I learned quickly I wasn’t cut for a life in the spotlight. I have neither the talent nor ambition. Somewhere along the way, like most adults faced with the real world, I stopped dreaming. I stopped looking at all the possibilities.

Big mistake. We should never let ourselves forget the wonder of dreams. Enjoy the life you have, but if you want more, push yourself toward your goals.

Dreaming can be fun. Look at me. I wanted to write. I tried and failed. But I didn’t give up. My possibilities? Twenty-five books and counting.


Mary J. Williams

Mary J. Williams

It Has Always Been My Dream To Write A Book

And I always knew it would be a romance novel. When I was a teenager I assumed my book would have a historical setting, those were the kinds of stories I liked best, I even grew my hair long so I could be like the heroines in my favorite stories. But now I see myself and my books in the present dealing with the joys and sorrows of our modern world. Harper Falls is a place my imagination dreamed up, but it is based in reality. I grew up in Washington State and went to school in a small town on the Columbia River. Harper Falls is that town but an idealized version. I hope you enjoy reading about the town and the characters.

And as much as I enjoyed telling their stories, these books are not the end of my dream but the beginning.

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