Mary-Rose Hayes has just completed her ninth
novel, WHAT SHE HAD TO DO (set in San Francisco, California
and an un-named cathedral city in the west of England). The
story observes the resonances of war, from World War II to
the Vietnam conflict, over three generations of a family.
She is the best-selling author of eight previous novels
whose genres include horror, suspense and erotic adventure,
and has co-authored two political thrillers with Senator
Barbara Boxer:?A TIME TO RUN and, most recently BLIND TRUST
(2009). Her novels have been translated into sixteen languages
and have regularly been Doubleday Book of the Month and
Literary Guild main selections. AMETHYST (E.P. Dutton, 1991)
was chosen as a TIME/LIFE bestseller condensation.
Mary-Rose has published newspaper articles in England and
the United States, and has worked as an associate editor
for a press bureau in San Francisco.
She has taught creative writing workshop at the University
of California, Berkeley; the University of Nevada; at numerous
writers’ seminars in the western United States; and
has been a guest lecturer at Arizona State University since
She attributes her love for language and the written word
to growing up among writers and artists, and to an early
childhood spent in a remote English country house with no
television, little radio and frequent electrical blackouts.
The only entertainment was necessarily home grown, recalls
Mary-Rose: reading aloud by candlelight; listening to the
antique wind-up gramophone (record player); and the writing
and performing of plays by the family and a succession of
houseguests who included a London theatrical director and
the Archbishop of Johannesburg.