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About Mary Burton (Bios)

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Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching law enforcement and forensic procedures, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. Not necessarily in that order. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance and suspense novels. She’s tracked them down in stories set in her hometown of Richmond, Alexandria, Austin and Nashville that have been praised by readers and reviewers. Her work has been compared to that of James Patterson*, Lisa Gardner** and Lisa Jackson.***

Research is a favorite part of Mary’s work day. She never tires of learning more about police work and evidence collection and analysis and doesn’t hesitate to take a hands-on approach, whether it means interviews with those working in the field, forensic seminars or lessons at the firing range.

A Richmond native, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She is a graduate of Virginia’s Hollins University and worked in marketing before she began writing full time. Her first book was published in 2000 and now she’s the author of thirty published novels and five novellas, including her contemporary women’s fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.

Her new book, The Shark, is the first of three The Forgotten Files novels.  The next, The Dollmaker, will be published in November 2016. Her recent bestsellers, the just published VulnerableI’ll Never Let You Go, Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid feature four  siblings, the Morgans, Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family.

When not traveling for research or visiting with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary remains very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their newly empty nest and spoiling their four legged babies Buddy, Bella and Tiki.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s writing has been compared to the works of James Patterson, * Lisa Gardner** and Lisa Jackson.*** Her new book, The Shark, is the first of three The Forgotten Files novels.  The next, The Dollmaker, will be published in November 2016. Her recent bestsellers, the just published VulnerableI’ll Never Let You Go, Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid feature four  siblings, the Morgans, Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family.
Mary is the author of thirty published novels and five novellas. In addition to her “Morgan Family” books, Mary’s other “connected” stories include The Seventh Victim, No Escape  and You’re Not Safe, featuring investigators from the Texas Rangers and Senseless, Merciless and Before She Dies, all set in Alexandria, Virginia. Her short story, The Keepsake, is featured along with those by Jeffrey Deaver, Anne Perry and others in the recently published anthology Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded.
A Richmond native with family roots as deep as the nation’s, Mary has made her home there for most of her life. She is also writes contemporary women’s fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s writing has been compared to that of James Patterson, * Lisa Gardner** and Lisa Jackson.*** Her latest book, The Dollmaker, is the second of her The Forgotten Files novels, which began with The Shark. The third, The Hangman, will be published in spring 2017. Her recent bestsellers, VulnerableI’ll Never Let You Go, Be Afraid and Cover Your Eyes feature four siblings, the Morgans, Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family.

 

The author of thirty-one published novels and five novellas, Mary is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and Romance Writers of America.   A Richmond native, Mary has made her home there for most of her life. She is also writes contemporary women’s fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor.

 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s writing has been compared to that of James Patterson, * Lisa Gardner** and Lisa Jackson.*** Her latest book, The Dollmaker, is the second of her The Forgotten Files novels, which began with The Shark. Her recent Morgan Family bestsellers,  VulnerableI’ll Never Let You Go, Be Afraid and Cover Your Eyes, feature Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family.

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New York Times bestselling suspense author Mary Burton’s writing has been compared to that of James Patterson, * Lisa Gardner** and Lisa Jackson.***  Her latest book, The Dollmaker,  is the second of her The Forgotten Files novels. Her recent Morgan Family bestsellers feature Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family.

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Mary Burton Q&A

A Q&A WITH BE AFRAID AUTHOR MARY BURTON . . .

Welcome, Mary, and thanks for joining us!

Your last book, Cover Your Eyes, was the first of four featuring the three brothers and sister that make up the Morgan family—all in law enforcement as was their father—and it became a USA Today bestseller in its first week on sale. How exciting was that?
Very! I’m always a little anxious to see if readers like a new book, especially if, like Cover Your Eyes, it’s the first of several connected stories. I have to say, though, that even more exciting and rewarding is the response I received from readers in person and online. The fact that so many took the time to comment on the siblings and family as well as the plot means a lot. I enjoy these characters so much and do want them to resonate with readers. Can’t wait to hear what they think of BE AFRAID and Rick and Jenna.

Where do Rick and Jenna they fit in with the other characters?
Well, Rick’s a Morgan and, like his brothers and sister, has been drawn into the world of law enforcement in large part due to his legendary detective father’s life and legacy. Rick is the second oldest of the brothers and when we leave him at the close of Cover Your Eyes he’s at the tail end of his recovery from a gunshot wound received in the line of duty. In BE AFRAID, he’s back on the force but has moved to the Homicide Unit. Jenna, who once lived in Nashville but left at an early age, has only a tentative connection to the city. A forensic artist on leave from her job with the Baltimore Police Department, Jenna’s keeping some secrets, in particular the reason behind her return.

So what brings them together?
Their connection begins after an unidentified child’s body is found. A pink blanket, teeth and records showing a thirty year time line for the body to have been concealed are all authorities have to go on. Jenna, well known for her skill in facial reconstruction, is the department’s best hope of identifying the victim. Rick and his partner have caught both cases. As Rick spends time with Jenna he becomes more and more intrigued with her and with why she’s so silent about her past. He’s a detective, so you know what he does next. He starts poking his nose into Jenna’s history, uncovering shocking details as well as unexpected connections, not only to the two murders, but to Jenna’s childhood.

Tell us a bit about facial reconstruction, please. Is it computer generated? Done with clay? I know the Bones fans among us sometimes see it done on that show by character Angela Montenegro.
Jenna starts with a clean sample, which means the bone has been stripped of any flesh and is ready to accept the clay she uses to create muscle and flesh. She works with clay, paints and sculpting tools. She covers the skull with rubber plugs that indicate skin depth. Imagination plays a role as she begins to visualize the muscles that band across a human face, giving it shape and depth, and skin, hair and eyes. Jenna’s craft is as much art as it is science as she weaves her knowledge of biology with her artistic skills.

How do the other Morgan’s fit into the story?
Well, Deke’s now head of Homicide so he’s keeping tabs on progress in the case and checking in frequently with Rick and also with Georgia, who’s in Forensics and deeply involved as well. We get to find out more about Georgia professionally and she’s the one who campaigns with both the department and Jenna to bring her on board. Alex, who’s an agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, is only peripherally involved in the cases, but is the catalyst when a long-simmering family issue comes to a head and threatens to drive a permanent wedge between him and Rick. We spend time with Rachel, too. A woman she’s defending is a victim of rape and Jenna has offered to create a sketch of the suspect. Oh, and as the story opens, we meet KC, Deke’s former partner, and find out he’s retired and taken over Rudy’s bar, so we catch up a bit with him and doings there. Turns out, even before Georgia connects with her, Jenna approaches KC for the okay to set up outside of Rudy’s to draw portraits of his customers. She knows KC was one of the homicide detectives who years ago investigated her parents’ and sister’s murders.

You’ve said there’s more to come on the Morgans. What’s next?
Thanks for asking. First up is Alex, taking center stage in I’ll Never Let You Go, which is out in November 2015. Then last, but not least, is Georgia’s story in Vulnerable, which is being published in April 2016.

Where can we find out more about those book and what else you’re up to?
I post updates and photos and check in often on Facebook so there’s lots of info there. And my site is always open for business. Plus, as my calendar continues to shape up for the end of 2015 and into 2016, I expect to have a number of opportunities to visit with readers and other writers. Event listings can be found at maryburton.com/events.

Thanks for having me!
Mary

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