After years of working as an editor and writer for nonprofits and corporations in the DC area, Mollie gave it all up for the “glamorous” life of a stay-at-home mom and part-time freelance writer. When she moved to the Shenandoah Valley of of Virginia, she heard stories about the famous Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant and its owner, Mildred Rowe. Intrigued, she investigated and found most of the stories were true. Two cookbooks later, Mollie turned her writing skills to penning mysteries. One of her goals as a writer, as a person, is to explore many venues, genres, and to continue to learn and grow.
She grew up in Western Pennsylvania in a rural area (Raccoon Township) just outside of mill town Aliquippa, known for its football greats. She danced, did gymnastics, and wrote all the way through her youth. She started many novels—but finished her first one when she was a senior in high school. It was called “Circles” and featured a ballerina involved with a gang.
Today, she is the mom to two daughters who both dance and write. For Mollie, writing is like dancing, breathing, and love. She doesn’t go a day without it.
I’ve written two “Mrs. Rowe” cookbooks: “Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley” and “Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pie.” Mrs. Rowe, her food, and her story have been a part of my family for many years.
My New e-book “Honey, I’m Sorry I Killed Your Aquasaurs (and other short essays on the parenting life)” is a collection of slice-of-life parenting columns/essays. It touches on the funny and absurd along with the bittersweet and the difficult.
Heading to the Writer’s Police Academy in early September and Bouchercon 2013 in mid-September.
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""Imagine the housewives of Wisteria Lane sipping tea, scrapbooking, and solving murders, and you have this gem of a debut by Mollie Cox Bryan."-- Lois Winston, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN."