Mary DeSantis

is creating stories and bringing out glory

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About Mary DeSantis

The might, the magic, the majesty…
One Girl, wishing and wanting
Three Mistresses, of power and pride
One mother, too afraid to choose
One Master, unwilling to lose
Twelve years ago, Zelandra escaped the circus’s hold on her soul, leaving a weakened Master behind. For too long, he has waited, but by the end of this eventide, his power will be restored, one way or another…
Come to Grimmfay, a magical circus that brings its own night to match the darkness lurking beneath.
Greetings, and welcome to the circus!
Mary here, and first, a big thanks for checking out my Patreon! If you haven’t come across me in the wild before now, I’m a fiction editor who hasn’t written anything in years, and Patreon is my way of shaking off the fear that kept me from creating for too long.
If you need a refresher or aren’t sure how Patreon works, this video is a fantastic explanation ( But real quick: Patreon is a site where creators can, well, create. Patrons (Patreon, get it?) can support creators with monthly contributions, and certain tiers of patronage come with extra bonuses. My Patreon is mostly about writing and mostly about Grimmfay, but there are a few editor things tossed in here and there.
So, what is Grimmfay?
Grimmfay is the book I’ve always wanted to write. In 2018, while I got used to living in a new place, I asked myself “what story do I want to read that I can’t find?” The answer came as, and I quote, “Night Circus meets the Lunar Chronicles.” And so I sat down, typed like mad, and used NaNoWriMo to hit “the end.” Fast forward three years, the urge to share Grimmfay hit a fever pitch, and so, here I am.
Why Patreon?
Excellent question. Patreon because, after far-too-much reflection on the matter, serializing is the easiest way for me to be creative on a timeline that works for my schedule. It also offers a dedicated monthly income, which is especially nice during lean months. I love freelancing, and I also love anything that takes a little bit of the guesswork out of how much money I’ll make any given month. So while Patreon is mostly a passion project, it’s also a way to supplement my income while doing stuff I love.
Well, off I go to the next show. Feel free to have a look around, and hope to see you under Grimmfay’s sky!
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