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Mary Smith grew up in south west Scotland. She moved to Lancashire where she worked for Oxfam for ten years in fundraising and campaigning on development issues. The following ten years were spent in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where she worked for a small health organisation primarily concerned with leprosy and mother and childcare.

On her return to Scotland, Mary turned to journalism and was a freelance for a number of publications. She is now a part-time staff feature writer for Dumfries & Galloway Life magazine.

Her novel, No More Mulberries, which is set in Afghanistan, draws on her experiences working there to bring the reader a story of love, loss and divided loyalties.

She has been a member of the Romantic Novelists Association since 2009 and is a member of the Society of Authors.

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