Mary Ellen Taylor’s southern family has always enjoyed tall tales and good yarns. Early on, Mary Ellen realized that Story had tremendous power to inspire laughter, love, sorrow and even fear. It didn’t matter if the tales were found in the pages of a book, spoken in hushed tones around a campfire, or shared at an old-fashioned southern family reunion, stories created connections.
This appreciation of story motivated Mary Ellen to earn an English degree from Virginia’s Hollins University. After a decade of working in marketing and sales, Mary Ellen became convinced she could write and sell one of the many stories swirling in her head. Fingers crossed, Mary Ellen left the marketing profession and devoted all her spare time to writing a novel.
Under the name Mary Burton, she has written twelve historical romances for Harlequin Historicals, four short romantic suspenses for Silhouette Romantic Suspense and now writes single title suspense novels for Kensington. Mary Burton is a 2005 RITA Finalist (Short Historical) and a 2006 nominee the Romantic Times’ Critics Choice Award.
Mary Ellen is an avid baker who spends many afternoons testing and tweaking recipes. She resides in Virginia where she enjoys yoga, hiking and her two miniature dachshunds, Buddy and Bella.