Mary Blackford earned a BA in English Literature at UC Davis, an MA in English from California State University Sacramento, and is a certified Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leader. She was a classroom ESL and English writing instructor, consultant, and tutor for 42 years. She was an instructor at the University of Phoenix for 16 years and San Joaquin Delta Community College for 13 years. She has also worked in theatre as a writer, costume designer, stitcher, instructor, and director and in journalism as a journalist and copy editor.
She has won awards for her short play and screenplay, Wings, which became the TV pilot: A Pair of Silver Wings. Her short plays, Glitter in the Dark, Audition From Hell, and Diffusion were produced in San Francisco with Playwrights Center of San Francisco. She wrote a novel, Anywhere But Home, and adapted the novel Dog Soldiers M.C. to screenplay format. She is married and has two grown children. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, sewing, dance, and beekeeping.