Mary Mecham writes clean young adult fairy tale retellings packed full of adventure and romances.
She is a born and raised Texan with a love of theater and books overshadowed only by her passion for disability advocacy. After she was cast in a theatrical production of Cinderella as the Ugly Stepsister, Mary decided to give a voice and background to her character and created her first novel Ugly: The Stepsister's Story.
When she is not writing, Mary is an active disability advocate and speaker (see below for more info on her disability advocacy work). Her dream is for everyone with a disability to find themselves represented in literature.
Mary enjoys karaoke, fire breathing, gymnastics, going to the beach, public speaking, and lives in Texas with her husband and three children.
Mary Mecham is an active disability advocate with a special interest in individuals with Severe Intellectual Disability and rare diseases. She has been an advocate and speaker since 2013 and is the founder and Director of Disability Book Week.
Mecham has three children, two of which have with rare diseases and Severe IDD. She is a graduate of Texas Partners in Policymaking and Rare Advocate Learning programs, and received certifications through Sibshops and USU’s disability advocate program. She serves as the SATB2 Gene Foundation’s Parent Liaison for Texas, is a council member for the Katy ISD Disability Advisory Council, and regularly volunteers with Rare Disease Legislative Advocates.
Mary is the current President of the Texas Partners in Policymaking Alumni Association and is working on finalizing paperwork for her non-profit status for the organization Advocates for Disability Inclusion in Literature to help raise positive and accurate disability representation in literature.
Growing up, I thought I would be a math teacher or FBI agent. Now I'm happy as an author and disability advocate!
I sneak references to people I know in every novel I write. Watch for things related to chess, disabilities, and lilies.
I graduated from college with a degree in Exercise Physiology, and worked as a gymnastics coach for 10 years.
For a semester in college, I worked at a funeral home.