Mary Howley


Mary is a writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia.


The places where Mary has lived inspire her stories. 

Her childhood home was opposite a railway and within walking distance to the local beach. Sundays were spent wading through rock pools and watching container ships sail past in the distance. 

During her twenties, Mary lived in a heritage-listed Victorian home with a friendly ghost as a housemate.

Her next home was a mud-brick house on a cattle farm with a menagerie of wildlife.

Mary currently lives in the Yarra Valley with her husband and three children. She draws inspiration for her writing from the vineyards and paddocks near her home. 

The streets and laneways of inner-city Melbourne are places where Mary enjoys a coffee occasionally. The bustling restaurants and coffee roasteries, helped set the scene for her first crime novel titled

One Bad Seed.