“I write for the same reason that I breathe—because I have to.” Isaac Asimov
About Mary Flodin, author of the environmentally themed, award-winning novel
Fruit of the Devil
In 2014, Mary’s novel, Fruit of the Devil, was selected as a finalist in both the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association writing competition and the PEN / Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, established by Barbara Kingsolver – one of the authors Mary most admires.
To learn more about Fruit of the Devil, please see our About the Novel page. For an inside look at the progress of the novel, from concept to publication, and a deeper exploration of the novel’s thematic threads, follow the Wild Strawberries Blog Posts.
Mary started writing her first novel, a noir thriller, in sixth grade, to the consternation of her teacher and parents. All her life, she’s written poetry – some of it published, including several chap books. She was an active member of the Emerald Street Poets for several years. In addition, Mary’s photography and articles on gardening, nature, travel, food, wine and art have appeared in magazines and online journals. Fruit of the Devil is Mary’s first complete novel.
Mary taught in both elementary and secondary California public schools for over 25 years.
She earned her B.A. in English Literature, with a minor in Social Science, from the University of California at Irvine, and a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She attended graduate school at UC Santa Cruz in Education, with an emphasis in Environmental Education and earned an M.A. in Instructional Technology from San José State University.
Mary is a native Californian. After graduating from college, she spent several years living in Pennsylvania. She’s traveled in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia and Alaska. Currently, she lives in a cottage on the coast of Central California with her husband – a climate change scientist – and their two dogs, cat, and chickens. She spends her time practicing permaculture gardening on her urban “micro” farm, being active in the transitional community movement, plein air painting, making pottery, and enjoying life on the Monterey Bay, and – of course – writing. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Silicon Valley Chapter of Romance Writers of America, the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association, as well as Californians for Pesticide Reform and other environmental conservation organizations.
She’s participated in numerous writer’s conferences around the country, including the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and BreadLoaf.