About Mary McAvoy
I was born in the middle of the baby boom, smack-dab in the middle of a large family that resided in a middle class neighborhood, and I achieved middle of the road grades throughout my schooling years. In all matters, I seem to run average to above average. My destiny seems to be in the midlands.
I’ve accumulated no more or less than those in my cultural setting. My happiness and sorrows are neither greater nor less than others. I seem to be on target for average life expectancy for my age.
If I excel in anything, it might be in my sensitivity to love. And this seems to be on an ever accelerating incline.
Really, when all is said and done, our legacy of love is what will matter most to those who inhabit this life after us.
So, I write about love in my books.
While the stories I write might have a touch of romance in them, love’s presence is more thematic.
In Love’s Compass, for instance, the main character is in a marriage that is devoid of love. Without any conscious thought, she is drawn to the love of another man – as if satiating a hunger or a thirst.
In The Setting of the Sun, love overcomes death.
And in Love, Topaz (release date mid 2014) the infectious nature of love causes a delightful outcome for those in the periphery of the love that is between Jerome and Topaz, the two main characters who are oblivious to the impact they are having on those around them.
In Kaleidoscope Chips (which I’m working on now – 2013), one moment absent of love results in the psychological damage and physical harm for many and it lasts for years. Can the redemptive power of love heal those left in the vacuum of its absence?
My hope is that by putting these works about love into our culture they might offset, to whatever degree, the overabundance of violence, intolerance and hate that permeates our world.