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Beyond the Pen
Oct. 25, 2022

From Architecture to Adventure: The Influence of History on Mary Kendall's Writing

From Architecture to Adventure: The Influence of History on Mary Kendall's Writing

In This Episode

Step back in time and join us on Beyond the Pen, where history comes alive through the power of storytelling. Our guest this week, Mary Kendall, takes us on a journey of inspiration as she shares how her grandfather, a prominent lawyer, influenced her latest novel, The Spinster's Fortune. Set two months before the fateful Black Tuesday; this historical fiction takes us on a rollercoaster of family dynamics, wealth, love, and war. Mary delves into the complex relationship between generations and how it can impact the family fortune. Explore the world of architecture and history as she shares her passion for preserving and capturing the essence of the past. Get ready to be transported to a time when the world was on the brink of change and be inspired by a grandfather's legacy of fortune and fame. Join us as we go Beyond the Pen to a place where creativity and history meet."

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Mary Kendall


Mary Kendall lived in old (and haunted) houses growing up, which sparked a lifelong interest in history and storytelling. She earned degrees in history-related fields and worked as a historian for many years. As a result, her fiction writing is heavily influenced by the past, which she believes is never really dead and buried. Fueled by black coffee and a possible sprinkling of Celtic fairy dust, she tends to find inspiration in odd places and sometimes while kneading bread dough. The author resides in Maryland with her family (husband, three kids, barn cat, and the occasional backyard hen), who put up with her mad scribbling at inconvenient hours.

Her debut novel, The Spinster’s Fortune, is a historical mystery. Her second novel, Campbell’s Boy, coming-of-age historical fiction, will be released in November 2022. She is a previous contributor to Darkstroke’s anthologies for charity, with stories included in Dark Paris and Dark New Orleans and one forthcoming in Dark Venice.