About The Author

me2Mary W. Walters works with academics and other researchers as an editor and consultant on grant applications, articles, monographs and books.  Her first non-fiction book, Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Check out the new podcast series on effective grantwriting.

In addition to Rita Just Wants to Be Thin, Mary has published two other novels, The Woman Upstairs (originally published by NeWest Press, 1987) and Bitters (NeWest, 1999), as well as a collection of short stories (Cool, River Books, 2000). Her latest novel (co-authored with John A. Aragon of Santa Fe, NM) is a “bold and sexy chase” – a western based on Don Quixote and entitled The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid. She has won a Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Excellence in Writing and an Alberta Achievement Award, and she is listed in Who’s Who in Canada. Her short fiction has been short-listed for such prizes as the CBC/Saturday Night Fiction Competition and the Journey Prize, and has been published in more than a dozen literary journals and magazines.

Mary is a former editor in chief at Lone Pine Publishing, and has worked as awards facilitator at the University of Saskatchewan.

Visit her website at marywwalters.com

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