In addition to seven novels of her own and two political thrillers co-authored with Senator Barbara Boxer, British-born Mary-Rose Hayes has published short stories, articles and poetry in England and the United States, and written and optioned several screenplays including an original vehicle for Ms. Lana Turner. She is currently at work on a narrative non-fiction book, a memoir titled RUNAWAY CHILD.
Mary-Rose has been a script editor for Thames Television, London, England; a travel correspondent in Tripoli, Libya, in the days preceding Moammar Ghaddafi; and a librarian in Londonderry, Northern Ireland during turbulent times when, as a Protestant married to a Catholic, Mary-Rose admits, “Nobody spoke to either of us!”
She has worked in public relations and advertising in New York and San Francisco, and as a free-lance book editor.
She was a research assistant at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, and a fashion model in London and San Francisco.
She has helped deliver a 41-ft. sailboat across the Atlantic from Gibraltar to Rio de Janeiro, and has made many other ‘blue water’ voyages around the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico.
South America has held a fascination for Mary-Rose ever since, at the age of eleven, she read ‘The Lost World’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Subsequently, she climbed Mt. Roraima, Venezuela, where the grand Jurassic adventure took place, and recently returned from an Earthwatch expedition to the Amazon, where she lived on a 100-year-old riverboat built in Germany for an Iquitos rubber baron.
She met her husband while riding horseback in the Libyan desert.
As a navy daughter, Mary-Rose attended numerous schools in England. She studied English at Bath University, where she was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Silver Medal for Literature, and the Duke of Edinburgh prize before deciding, very briefly, to become a doctor.
Mary-Rose enjoys choral singing, movies, painting and hiking.
She is married with two children and five grandchildren, and lives in Northern California.