About Me

I was born and raised in New York City. I went to a school quite like Eldridge Alternative, except they called it the Calhoun Learning Center. The school had no walls, but remained standing nonetheless. Later, I attended Vassar College, which did have walls.

I’ve never lived anywhere else, but I’ve visited Lenin’s Tomb in Moscow and other famous places with dead people in them. (When visiting Grant’s Tomb, I asked them to open it, but they refused.) I’ve had a lot of jobs, and most of them involved books. I’ve reviewed books, shelved books, and sold books. Writing books is definitely the best job I’ve had so far. Not only can you get up late in the morning, you have your dog to keep you company and sort out the odd grammar problem. (Most businesses do not permit basset hounds on the premises which is probably wise.)

If you’d like to contact me, feel free to email me at mariahfredericks45@gmail.com.

45 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Ann Swann says:

    Hello Mariah, I am so intrigued by your covers, and by the trailer for The Girl in the Park, that I am heading over to Amazon to download a copy. Best of luck, Ann Swann

    • Hi, Ann,

      Stupid wordpress did not tell me I had a new comment! My apologies for taking so long to respond. I love your website! I don’t own a Kindle, otherwise I would definitely check out Phantom Pilot. How is it publishing with Amazon?

  2. arcadia says:

    My friend and I are writing a report on your books this was so helpful!!
    Thanks Arcadia

  3. Amanda says:

    Girl in the Park was well written. I enjoyed the book very much and I couldn’t put it down. It gave a new meaning to right and wrong, and yes it does matter if you have evidence that is too early and inconclusive. It ruined Neco’s life, and for the future I would’ve gotten all the facts straight. It was a very broadening read. I guessed Neco first, then Sasha, then Neco, then Ellie, then Lindsey, then Neco again. I liked how it was very hard to predict who it was. And I would’ve never suspected Mr.Farrall to kill her. Although he did show some ‘weird’ actions but I’ve never caught on to him. Many of the books I’ve read so far were very predictable. I liked how yours wasn’t. I’d give it a 5 star. I don’t give ratings out like that.

    • Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found it hard to predict the ending. I really tried hard to explore the “murderous” side of most of the characters; I suspect most of us have that side to us, although happily we keep it in check. I really appreciate the five star rating.
      Thanks so much writing! Stay in touch…

  4. Caroline says:

    A group of fellow students and I are using your novel for our “Reader’s Theatre” project for our Young Adult Literature class at Louisiana State University. It’s so much fun to act out these scenes and we all really enjoyed your novel! Many of us could connect with your characters and identify with the use of Facebook as a source in many situations. With everyone in our group being about 21 years old, we were pleasantly surprised at how much we all loved reading this book — we all agreed that after the line “Ding Dong, the bitch is dead”, we couldn’t put it down! That got our attention, and we’re focusing much of our performance on that shocking line. We feel that it’ll definitely capture our audience’s attention, too. Thank you for your book and we hope to see more from you!

    • This is so awesome! I love theater and spent so much time going to shows as a kid. I actually considered playwriting in college. I love when all the drama and tension comes from what people say to one another. Please, please, if you have any footage, please send. I’d love to see it.

      You will hear more next fall when my book, Season of the Witch, comes out. Hope you love.

      Thanks again,


  5. Rosie says:

    Hi Mariah, I happened to come across your book Head Games in my library at school, I can’t tell you how much I was intrigued by the Novel. I couldn’t put the book down. In school I have to produce a talk and essay on a chosen book and I choose Head Games. It is such an amazing read, I felt I could relate to a few things in the book. I don’t actually live in America I stay in the United Kingdom in Scotland that’s probably why I had never heard of you before but you are my favourite author, by far! I also think that Head Games should be developed into a movie, it would be a big hit, both Judith and Jonathan would make very interesting actors. Thank you for writing such an amazing book.

  6. Kenneth Henry says:

    Head Games! What a book. Looking foward to more of your books. Have a good one.Kenneth

  7. samantha says:

    omg i love the book the girl in the park it was such a thriller for me im only in seventh grade and im usually into the romance type of books and nothing else but your book totally changed my perspective about other books

    • Hi, Samantha,

      Thanks so much! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. Now I can tell parents who ask how old their kid should be, “Well, I heard from a 7th grader who really got into it.” I love romance too. Good luck finding other books. One I really liked was Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. Beautifully written.
      Thanks again for writing!

  8. ivy says:

    I was wondering about you comment on the newtown shooting. So do you think its the guns fault or the person behind the gun/ controling the gun?

    • Hi, Ivy,

      I don’t think of it as an issue of blaming the gun or the person. When events like Newtown happen, I think, What can we do to minimize the chances of this happening again? We cannot pass laws against being mentally ill, unhappy, or alienated. We cannot put people on “crazy people” lists simply because they take certain medications. (Although it is interesting to me that the US military is able to turn people down because they take certain meds—and yet our laws allow those same people to buy military grade weaponry.) Before the shootings, most of these young men had little to no criminal record. So what law could have prevented them from doing what they did?
      Then I look at the guns. And wonder why we can buy weaponry so powerful, you can shoot 70 people in a matter of a few minutes. I think the standard for owning that kind of weaponry should be very, very high and the need should be great. A mentally ill young man should not be able to buy it on the internet.
      I agree with gun advocates on one thing: laws alone will not prevent the next Newtown. A fine, upstanding citizen like Nancy Lanza is always going to be able to buy guns in this country. We need to change our attitudes to guns, stop treating them as toys, self-esteem builders, or just another household item. We seem to love our guns, but we don’t treat them with the respect they deserve. We need to educate people so that the next Nancy Lanza knows her unhappy, alienated child should not have access to her guns. And if she doesn’t know it, a friend should feel free to point it out to her. We shouldn’t leave them lying around, as the family of the young man who killed a few of his classmates last year did. We should not give them to five year olds.
      I would be very interested in hearing what you think. Especially if you don’t agree with me. 🙂

  9. mary Jo says:

    I love your book The Girl in the Park
    it is soooooooo goooood:)

  10. mary Jo says:

    I have to do a essay about an author of a book im reading but i cant find information on you much, think I could ask you like five questions?

    • Absolutely! Fire away.

      • Mary Jo says:

        -What inspired you to start writing?
        -how did you come to write The Girl in the Park?
        -when were you born? (if you don’t mind)
        -What do critics like to say about you?
        -How many books have you written? in order if thats okay.
        What honors (if any) have you recieved?
        What was your life like when you where a child?
        What was your life like when you wrote the book?
        Whats your family like?
        So I asked more then five questions if you don’t wanna answer I will understand

      • Hi, Mary Jo,

        My apologies! The site usually alerts me when I have new mail and this time it didn’t. I hope I haven’t screwed up your project. 😦

        1. I always liked making up stories. My dad was a writer—although he wrote history. So I knew someone who did it and it didn’t seem like this impossible thing. (Like being an actress in Hollywood would feel like to me.)

        2. I wrote The Girl in the Park because I have a cleft palate. When I was a kid I spoke oddly. I wanted to tackle that subject, but I didn’t want to write a sucks to be me story. So I thought a girl who listened would make a good detective. I started thinking about murders that could happen within a high school environment, and I remembered the Jennifer Levin murder, in which a 19 year old girl was murdered by a classmate. That happened a mile from my house and I was about the same age as her. So the story’s always stuck with me.

        3. I was born in 1966. (Yep, I’m old.)

        4.What do critics say? I get the word “smooth” a lot and I’m not sure what that means. Generally they’re very respectful and kind. “Perceptive” that’s another word I get.

        5. From earliest to most recent The True Meaning of Cleavage, Head Games, Crunch Time, the In the Cards trilogy, The Girl in the Park, and coming out next October, Season of the Witch. (I also wrote two adult books under a pen name.)

        6. I was an Edgar nominee in 2007. I am on various reading lists and I think Cleavage was chosen as an ALA fan favorite or something like that. No biggies yet.

        7. I grew up in a huge apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. My parents both worked. I went to a nearby school. I was teased for the way I talked and fairly shy. My parents had their strong and weak points, but we traveled and they took me to theater and gave me exposure to a lot of great things. New York was fairly rough at the time and I had a bad experience of being attacked (covered in Head Games).

        8. My life is pretty nice right now. Still live in NYC, although in Queens. Still go to theater. I’m married with a very funny six year old boy. I get to write for a living. Overall, thumbs up!

        9. Family now? I have two lovely half sisters who are older than me. A husband who works in children’s publishing, and my little guy. We used to have a basset hound, but he’s passed. 😦 My parents have also passed away. I have a lot of friends I consider family.

        Again, I so hope I haven’t blown your deadline. If you want more info, I will check back later today and tomorrow. Blame me when you talk to your teacher.

  11. Mary Jo says:

    No you didn’t thanks so much for taking time so helpe out big(: thanks so much you are very inspirational!!!!(:

  12. Steve says:

    Hi Mariah

    I have pinned you to my pinterest page on The ALAN Workshop board

    Best Steve

    • Hi, Steve!

      My apologies for the late response. I’ve been locked out of my own site for weeks and only just figured out the right password/user name combo. Thanks so much. I can’t wait to see it!

      All best,


  13. julia styles says:

    Dear mariah,
    I have chosen you for my german book presantation. So I’m looking up something about you on the Internet, but there isn’t very much.. so my questions are : can you write here some informations about you?? Like how old are you or when you were born?
    Love julia
    Sry for my english, i’m a german girl 🙂

  14. Viviana cordero says:

    You write amazing books

  15. Hi Ms.Fredericks,
    I choose you is my favorite author to write a report of. My teacher gave me a sheet of paper, and ask me about your birthday, how old are you, and your siblings. Would you please help me to answer those questions?
    Thank you so much.

    • Thank you so much! I am very flattered. I’m sorry not to answer sooner; I was away this week. When is your report due? May I answer you on Monday? Or do you need your answers today?

      Thank you again for choosing me as your favorite author!

  16. Crystal says:

    That’s ok. I turned my report already, and I told my teacher that I couldn’t find those information, so she said:” That’s fine.”. By the way, thank you for answer my question. Wish you have a great weekend.

  17. Wazira says:

    Hi Ms. Fredericks I chose your book The Girl in The Park and we have to make a book jacket, so for the summary I wanted to put information about your life, but I cant get any through the Internet. Can you please provide me with some information to use. The project is due Jan30. Thank you

    I started reading the book and in the first few pages it got addicted and I can’t wait to finish it. I don’t read books and it was very hard to choose one, but when I saw your book in our school library shelves as one of the new ones I loved it.

    Thank you for this trilling and very interesting book. I’ll wait for your response.

    • Well, thank you so much for choosing Girl in the Park! My life? I was born and raised in New York City. I still live there now with my husband and son. I went to the Calhoun School and then Vassar College. I’ve worked with books pretty much my whole life, from working a cash register at a bookstore to head copy writer for Book-of-the-Month Club. That’s the basics. Let me know if you’d like something a little more colorful. I’d LOVE to see the jacket when you’re done.

      All best,


  18. Wazira says:

    Wow thank you for the reply Im so glade to hear from you. The information you gave is helpful, but I would like a little more if that’s okay to use as bio on the back of book.

    I’ll be happy to show u the book jack when I’m done.

    Thank You. Hope to hear from you again.

  19. Micaela says:

    I have just read your novel Crunch Time and I have to say that it was an amazing read. I am near the age of those characters so I loved how I could relate to some scenarios in the book! I’m excited to read more of your books.

    • Well, thank you! And may I say Micaela is such a cool name? I’m glad Crunch Time works for readers today. It’s based on something that actually happened to me in high school. (Truth: I was not the cheater. My SATs were no way high enough for that.) I’m not sure I could handle today’s testing climate. It was intense enough when I was young. Thanks so much for writing!

  20. Michelle says:

    Good afternoon,
    I am doing a school project for school. I happen to have chosen one of your books,”The girl in the park.” I also have to do some background research on the author which happens to be you. I can’t happen to find any thing about you, for example your birthday, I need to know that but can’t find it anywhere. If you can please send me some information that would be great! Thanks you.

    • Hi!

      A lot of writers hate giving out birthday info—and unfortunately I’m one of them! As one reader said to me when she met me, “Oh, you’re old! I thought you were like, my age.” Suffice to say, I’m older than 20 but not yet 100. Can I answer anything else? Be happy to help.



  21. Kayla says:

    Hi, My name is Kayla and i Absolutely in love with your book The Girl In The Park! I was forced into a book project and told to pick a book and im very glad ive picked this one.

    Thank you.

    • Thanks so much! I am absolutely in love with your email address! 🙂 I loved reading as a kid but always hated anything I had to do a project or paper on. Made the reading not fun. Really glad Girl survived the ultimate test.

      Thanks for writing,


  22. Novalee says:

    Hello, Ms. Fredericks.
    My Name Is Novalee. I am in love with your book ‘Crunch Time’ once i finished reading I sat down for a bit just wondering what to do with my life. I would like to say that since I’m near the age of the Characters i was able to relate to some of the things that happened within the book. Anyways, It’s such a Fantastic book, it kept me attached to the storyline the whole time.It was one of the most intriguing books I’ve ever read.The ending killed me, I was just thinking ‘this can’t be the end, there has to be more, or a second book to close it up’ I always wonder what happened to Leo and Daisy. Did they get back together? Does Daisy and Max start dating? Anyways,You’re such a fantastic Author. I’m soon going to start reading ‘The True meaning of Cleavage’. Sorry for such horrible Grammar.

    Much Love,

    • Hi, Novalee (awesome name!) Sorry it’s taken me a little while to get back. I’m finishing up a book at the moment and going a little nuts. But I was so happy to get your kind message. Crunch Time is actually based on a true story. A girl in my senior class did cheat on the SATs—and got away with it! Sadly, I don’t see Daisy getting back with Leo or together with Max. (Although maybe she makes the occasional mistake with Leo.) Probably she needs someone older. Would love to hear what you think about Cleavage, if you care to share. The girls may be a bit younger than you. But I hope it’s interesting!

      Thanks again,


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