Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but loves storytelling best. Her fictional characters, Faye Longchamp and Larabeth McLeod, live the exciting lives of an archaeologist and a globetrotting CEO, and Mary Anna envies them a little.
Her published novels include the Faye Longchamp mysteries--ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, and STRANGERS--and environmental thriller WOUNDED EARTH. They have received recognitions including a spot on Voice of Young America's (VOYA) list of "Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal." They have been on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's (IMBA) bestseller list and have been designated Notable Books by Booksense and Indiebound. Mary Anna has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and a Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal. Her books have been nominated for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year and for the SIBA Book Award.
While Mary Anna's novels are written with adults in mind, they have found an audience in schools, where they're being used to teach non-literature subjects such as social studies, math, and science. The social studies link was no surprise to the books' author, since her protagonist is an archaeologist, but she swears that she never once purposely included math or science in her stories. (And her readers have never once complained that the laws of physics operate properly in her books). Learning that she's done this unconsciously has been an inarguable example of the axiom that writers write about who they are. They can't help it.
She is using her engineering education in an interesting way these days. Her book MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY GRADES, co-written with Dr. Faith Wallace, will be published by Pearson in 2012. Math and science explain the world, so they're indispensable to any story set in that world. And they're very handy tools for an amateur detective to have. Her next Faye Longchamp mystery, PLUNDER, will also be published in 2012.
For more information on Mary Anna and her work, see http://www.maryannaevans.com.