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My name is Mary Black. I was born in Herakleion, the largest city in Crete. My earliest literary influences came from the Greek fairytales I heard, and the works of the Brothers Grimm, Hans-Christian Andersen and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Later influences included Jules Verne, Honoré de Balzac, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Alexandros Papadiamantis, their works read in a home full of the music of Mozart, Gershwin and Manos Hadjidakis. Captain Nemo, the Young Prince, and Hansel and Gretel became my companions. They formed the material from which I drew my stories for children.
I studied music, political and historical science. For a number of years, I wrote opinion articles for local newspapers of Heraklion, as a journalist. I am a member of various organizations and literary clubs in Greece and abroad. In recent years I have also given lectures at elementary and secondary schools.
The first four books in the series Travels in Time: Minoan Crete, Venetian Crete, The Battle of Crete and Alexander the Great have been published in Greek by the Herakleion Municipality Press for the Greek market. They have been translated into five languages and they will be published in USA and Canada in September 2014.
The short story “Ode to Eternal Love” and the free-standing novella Alexander the Great have received literary awards.