Before earning her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Mary Rickert worked as kindergarten teacher, coffee shop barista, balloon vendor at Disneyland, and in the personnel department of Sequoia National Park where she spent her time off hiking the wilderness. She now lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a small city of candy shops and beautiful gardens.
She has published numerous short stories and two collections: Map of Dreams and Holiday. Her first novel, The Memory Garden, published by the Landmark imprint of Sourcebooks, will be available in May, 2014. There are, of course, mysterious gaps in this account of her life and that is where the truly interesting stuff happened, but she saves most of that as inspiration for her fiction, which she thinks of, as the old saying goes, “a truth more true than truth.”