A Professor of English at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mary Vermillion pens legal thrillers to highlight social issues. So far, she’s written three books in her Mara Gilgannon mystery series. The fictional Mara, a radio talk show host, has gotten entangled in mysteries involving a small town resisting the opening of a new Walmart store and a rape charge involving college basketball players. Seminal Murder, the latest installment in the series, focuses on crimes taking place in an artificial insemination clinic.
Mary teaches a broad range of courses, including Shakespeare, Creative Writing, and Law and Literature. She and her students host book clubs with inmates at Anamosa State Penitentiary. Mary and a colleague recently toured England with students.
Mary will be featured Friday, Sept. 14th at 1 PM CT on “Writers Voices.” The show will be rebroadcast Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 AM. Listen in at kruufm.com.