"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves." --Rainer Maria Rilke Photo (Photo ©julenisse/Fotolia)

About Me

Mary Novaria is the First Place winner in the Inspirational division of the 2017 Writer's Digest Writing Competition. 

Mary is a mother, wife and journalist whose work has been featured in numerous print and online publications including the Washington Post, Woman's Day, Cosmo, Redbook, Country Living, Delish, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, Feminine Collective, Kansas City Star, Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, ParentCo, SheSavvy, Mogul and Period! 

She was a contributor to the best-selling essay collection So Glad They Told Me - Women Get Real About Motherhood (HerStories Press 2016), and has been featured on New York Times bestselling author Laura Munson's Haven Writing Retreat blog and at BooksByWomen.org. Mary also has performed her work at LA's acclaimed Tasty Words salon.

A graduate of the renowned University of Missouri School of Journalism, Mary also earned a certificate in fiction writing from the University of Iowa. She writes about family, friendship and everyday life on her blog, A Work in Progress.

Mary recently completed a “sandwich generation” memoir exploring the trials of raising an angst-ridden teen and, at the same time, caring for a parent with dementia, all the while trying to maintain her sanity, sense of humor and some semblance of grace.