Mary Head is creating self-published novels spanning several genres.
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I started writing in 1999, when I was in 7th grade. At the time, it was fanfiction, and continued to be up until 2010, when I decided to dip my toes into the pool of original fiction. Once I did, there was no turning back.

My first self-published novel was The Only One in August 2015. I wanted to write a romance that was centered around two independent, successful, self-sufficient people who weren't looking for relationships, who didn't need someone to "fix" them, but who met and fell in love. I took a lot of romance tropes and put my own spin on them, while still creating a love story that remains very close to my heart. I hope one day to revisit Richard and Piper in some capacity.

My second novel was actually the first book I wrote, called No Safe Place, which I started in 2011 as an original project just to share with my friends. It centered around the kidnapping of a young woman named Hannah, and the subsequent race to find her before she was killed. I wrote several follow-up stories, continuing to follow Hannah's life and the lives of those around her. It was my pet project for years, my baby, and in 2016, I finally decided to polish up the main kidnapping story for publication. I submitted it to Kindle Scout, and much to my surprise, it was selected, and published in October 2016. The follow-up novel Finding Home Again, which gets into the immediate aftermath of Hannah's kidnapping and her journey of getting her life back, was published in July 2017. With both of these books, I again wanted to twist some tropes around; I wanted to feature a young woman who was strong, and smart, and capable, but also human, with human limitations. Hannah cries, she gets scared, she gets hurt; she struggles with the aftermath of her traumatic kidnapping, and not all of it is pretty, but she's able to find her own strength and work through her own issues, both on her own, and with help from others.

My next project is a supernatural series called Crimson Hollow, and will be my most ambitious undertaking yet, as I'm planning for the series to consist of four novels and two novellas (though there's every possibility that it could end up being bigger; there's a lot to play with in this universe, and I'm not ruling anything out). Like The Only One, No Safe Place, and Finding Home Again, I'm planning to put my own twist on some long-standing tropes, and hoping to offer a fresh take on a genre that many people love.

Ultimately, I would love to be able to write for a living, and to be able to support myself with my books, but writing and self-publishing is as much work as any job outside the home, and it doesn't pay nearly as well, which is where you come in. The purpose of setting up this Patreon is to help with writing and marketing expenses (I would like, once I get to the point of needing them, to have professionally designed covers for Crimson Hollow), but to also help with everyday expenses, when funds are low and there are still a few days left before I get paid for my "real" job.

Nobody is under any obligation to pledge anything. I definitely know what it feels like to not have much "extra" money for things like this. Even just sharing this page helps.

Self-publishing is, by and large, a solo endeavor, and a slow, uphill climb towards success, but no man is truly an island, and I would be honored and grateful if you chose to support me on this journey towards my success.
Tiers
Alex and Evie
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you so much! In return for your pledge, I offer:

  • Project updates.
  • First access to cover reveals and release dates.
  • Pics of my big fluffy orange cat Sammy.
David and Juliet
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Incredible! Thank you so much! In this tier, you'll receive:
  • Trivia about my books and characters.
  • Deleted scenes from published novels.
  • Excerpts from upcoming novels.
  • Everything in the first tier.
Richard and Piper
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Oh, man, now I'm blushing. In this tier, you'll receive:
  • A digital copy of one of my books gifted to you.
  • Your name in the acknowledgments of a future book.
  • Access to new short stories, and the ability to request short stories about my characters.
  • Everything in the first two tiers.
Hannah and Eli
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I don't know what to say, but I'm so, so grateful. In this tier you'll receive:
  • A signed paperback copy of the book of your choice.
  • A background character in a future book named after you.
  • Everything in the above tiers.
Goals
$14 of $200 per month
$200 a month will help with any extra expenses, whether they be writing expenses, or personal (such as needing to put gas in my car before I get paid again).
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I started writing in 1999, when I was in 7th grade. At the time, it was fanfiction, and continued to be up until 2010, when I decided to dip my toes into the pool of original fiction. Once I did, there was no turning back.

My first self-published novel was The Only One in August 2015. I wanted to write a romance that was centered around two independent, successful, self-sufficient people who weren't looking for relationships, who didn't need someone to "fix" them, but who met and fell in love. I took a lot of romance tropes and put my own spin on them, while still creating a love story that remains very close to my heart. I hope one day to revisit Richard and Piper in some capacity.

My second novel was actually the first book I wrote, called No Safe Place, which I started in 2011 as an original project just to share with my friends. It centered around the kidnapping of a young woman named Hannah, and the subsequent race to find her before she was killed. I wrote several follow-up stories, continuing to follow Hannah's life and the lives of those around her. It was my pet project for years, my baby, and in 2016, I finally decided to polish up the main kidnapping story for publication. I submitted it to Kindle Scout, and much to my surprise, it was selected, and published in October 2016. The follow-up novel Finding Home Again, which gets into the immediate aftermath of Hannah's kidnapping and her journey of getting her life back, was published in July 2017. With both of these books, I again wanted to twist some tropes around; I wanted to feature a young woman who was strong, and smart, and capable, but also human, with human limitations. Hannah cries, she gets scared, she gets hurt; she struggles with the aftermath of her traumatic kidnapping, and not all of it is pretty, but she's able to find her own strength and work through her own issues, both on her own, and with help from others.

My next project is a supernatural series called Crimson Hollow, and will be my most ambitious undertaking yet, as I'm planning for the series to consist of four novels and two novellas (though there's every possibility that it could end up being bigger; there's a lot to play with in this universe, and I'm not ruling anything out). Like The Only One, No Safe Place, and Finding Home Again, I'm planning to put my own twist on some long-standing tropes, and hoping to offer a fresh take on a genre that many people love.

Ultimately, I would love to be able to write for a living, and to be able to support myself with my books, but writing and self-publishing is as much work as any job outside the home, and it doesn't pay nearly as well, which is where you come in. The purpose of setting up this Patreon is to help with writing and marketing expenses (I would like, once I get to the point of needing them, to have professionally designed covers for Crimson Hollow), but to also help with everyday expenses, when funds are low and there are still a few days left before I get paid for my "real" job.

Nobody is under any obligation to pledge anything. I definitely know what it feels like to not have much "extra" money for things like this. Even just sharing this page helps.

Self-publishing is, by and large, a solo endeavor, and a slow, uphill climb towards success, but no man is truly an island, and I would be honored and grateful if you chose to support me on this journey towards my success.

Recent posts by Mary Head

Tiers
Alex and Evie
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you so much! In return for your pledge, I offer:

  • Project updates.
  • First access to cover reveals and release dates.
  • Pics of my big fluffy orange cat Sammy.
David and Juliet
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Incredible! Thank you so much! In this tier, you'll receive:
  • Trivia about my books and characters.
  • Deleted scenes from published novels.
  • Excerpts from upcoming novels.
  • Everything in the first tier.
Richard and Piper
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Oh, man, now I'm blushing. In this tier, you'll receive:
  • A digital copy of one of my books gifted to you.
  • Your name in the acknowledgments of a future book.
  • Access to new short stories, and the ability to request short stories about my characters.
  • Everything in the first two tiers.
Hannah and Eli
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I don't know what to say, but I'm so, so grateful. In this tier you'll receive:
  • A signed paperback copy of the book of your choice.
  • A background character in a future book named after you.
  • Everything in the above tiers.