BRIEF AUTHOR BIOS:
Mary Devlin Lynch:
I live in New York City (like Melissa! in Burnt Roses), but the Bronx to be technical. I lived in Darien and Norwalk, CT for years before moving to NYC. I worked for a consulting firm that helps non-profits in fund raising projects until my retirement. I now manage my husband’s psychology practice on a part-time basis. Other jobs have included administrative assistant, real estate management and law firm paralegal work (yes, like Magee! in Beautiful Disaster). I have a beautiful daughter, who lives in Natick, MA with her husband and two sons. Obviously, my grandboys are the most brilliant, handsome, amazing children ever–or at least in Massachusetts since Debbie’s grandchildren are in Maryland. In my “spare” time when not writing, I am an avid quilter and, of course, reader.
Debbie Devlin Zook:
I retired eight years ago (doesn’t seem possible). I was a church secretary for almost 10 years when I left to take a much more enjoyable position as babysitter to my grandchildren. I have been an administrative assistant, secretary and bookkeeper; and ran my own business for a couple of years (who knew frozen yogurt was a fad!). In a previous life (prior to my marriage), I worked at a major university located in central PA (hint: PSU). After retiring for the first time, I moved to a quaint, rural town surrounded by farms (like Madison! in Before Everafter), population 2,200 with one red light. My husband was in banking and retired in January 2017. We have one handsome son (not to be outdone by my sister!), who recently moved with his beautiful wife, son and daughter to New Market, Maryland. I read as time permits and also write short stories for my own amusement.
My life has revolved around sports–and animals. I graduated from Penn State where I was a member of the softball team. Over the years, I have been an entrepreneurial sort, creating my own businesses out of pet care, dog training, housesitting and softball instruction. I lived in Fairfield County CT for 20 years, coaching high school and travel softball teams. I moved to Florida in 2010. My partner of over 20 years, Dawn, and I have several cats and two dogs. In addition to our phenomenal black mini-dachshund, Renee; we’ve added a mixed breed nick-named Stick Dog, Stickie for short. For several years, I was buying, remodeling, and selling houses in the Cape Coral area. Now I run an online collectibles site at devkeunescats on ebay. (Please take a minute to check it out.) Hobbies include watching as much sports as humanly possible, and reading mysteries (voraciously). I’ve collaborated with my sisters on four books so far.
Beth, Debbie and Mary with James Joseph Devlin
After we started writing together, I realized that we all inherited our love of reading from our dad who was a long distance truck driver never leaving home without a stack of paperback cowboy books in his bunk. Dad passed away on April 3, 2012. This photo was taken in Florida while we were there to celebrate his 82nd birthday (5/28/11). After a year long struggle with health issues, he is finally at peace as are we. We miss him every day but continue to live each day to the fullest because that’s what he would want. — Debbie
FAMILY HANDS QUILT:
Our book titled, The Quilt Show Caper, was dedicated to three amazing quilters who pieced and stitched this Family Hands Quilt for Mary for her 65th birthday. Every member of our immediate family has their handprints on the quilt. It turned out better than we could have ever imagined.