About

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My name is Mary Kate Pagano. I live on the top floor of a converted pencil factory in Jersey City. I like to wander. I consider books as important to survival as food. I spend a great deal of time writing down the stories of the people I’ve made up in my head.

I write about reading, writing, traveling, and living in this space. If any of these things are of interest to you, I suggest you stay a while.

Reading: I read a lot. I feel unwell when I’m not immersed in a book. I talk about my favorite books and authors quite frequently. Please join in!

Writing: I’ve completed drafts of three novels: a young adult mystery set in Normandy, France, a young adult contemporary set at the Jersey Shore, and another young adult contemporary about a high school stage crew. The Jersey Shore story I’m editing (for the millionth time) finally querying!; the stage crew story is going through its fifth round of revisions; the mystery is being entirely rewritten in the first person. I’ve also nearly completed a YA dystopia (the climax is proving especially difficult, please send help.) I have several other ideas in the works (meaning pages and pages of near-indecipherable scribbles) for what’s next: will it be the cross-country story? The Paris story? The orphan story? The other dystopia? We shall see. I’ve learned a tremendous amount in the years since I’ve started taking this whole writing thing seriously, and hope you find my learnings useful.

Traveling: I spent the first 18 years of my life at the Jersey Shore. I spent the next 5 years in Worcester, Massachusetts. Then I took off for a year, exploring many corners of Europe, particularly France, before “settling down” in New York City. I still make it a point to leave the country and go somewhere I’ve never been at least twice a year and write a funny story about it.

Living: As a person who has over a quarter of a century of living behind her, I feel as though I’ve learned a decent amount of things, though nowhere near all the things. I like to share what’s helped me along the way in the hopes that it will be helpful to you, too.

I also talk books and other writerly (and wanderlusty) things in these places:
Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram (bookish), Instagram (personal), Tumblr (bookish)Tumblr (personal).

I can also be reached at mary {dot} katherine {dot} 18 {at} gmail {dot} com

11 thoughts on “About

    1. Thanks so much! Your response was super helpful, thanks. Whenever I see blog posts on “How to get ideas”, I skip right over them–I have TONS of ideas and my problem, as always, is finding the time to fully realize them. And yes, my converted warehouse apartment building is the best 🙂

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