Why Write?

Write what should not be


Isabel Allende

I believe it is not only historical events that should not be forgotten, but feelings and memories and the truth and lies behind them, and all the times past that exist simultaneously in the heart and mind of the writer.


My Oliver Wright WWII Mysteries are set in a time past, the time of my childhood, and when I write them, I set them against the social issues of their time. People often ask whether events in the books actually occurred. Yes, they did. The Port Chicago explosion, the relocation of Italian American families, the U.S. denial of sanctuary to Jewish immigrants fleeing the Holocaust.

My memories of those times provide wonderful characters: Mrs. Forgione, very much my grandmother; some villains I can’t identify; and, of course, the dogs. I would like to share some of them here.

Atlantic City, a clue.
Tori, the inspiration for Harley
Lucy and Nicky

8 thoughts on “Why Write?”

  1. Karen Ingalls says:

    History is important in understanding the present and plan for the future. I have loved your books, Mary. Keep writing!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you, Karen. I am almost finished with the first draft of the third Oliver book. I love revising far more than figuring everything out in the plot. Please keep well and thank you for commenting.

  2. Robbie Cheadle says:

    I agree that many historical events and the circumstances which surround them, should not be forgotten.

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you, Robbie.

  3. Jan Sikes says:

    Hi, Mary. I love that you shared the pictures! You are so right in that historical fiction needs to be accurate for what was happening at the time. I have both of your books on my kindle and I WILL read them!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      The woman in the beach photo was my Aunt Jane. It is such a classic black and white. You are a busy woman, Jan. I hope you enjoy the books when things slow down a bit for you.

  4. Wendy Scott says:

    Hi Mary, I love the photos. Your books are a must-read!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you, Wendy. You know I still want to find out when the next Silver Tails book is coming. I love that little creature whose name I cannot remember at this moment. I will though. Probably when I’m doing the dishes or something else random. Stay safe.

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