Published Works


Tourism Writing coverTourism Writing: A New Genre Unveiling the History, Mystery, and Economy of Places and Events
Out from Universal Publishers—received Faulkner University grant.

A new genre, Tourism Writing, is an innovative and effective means of teaching students composition. Tourism Writing focuses on a particular place or event, provides photos and information on nearby points of interest, and directly invites visitors. This book provides an understanding of how Tourism Writing benefits people in all areas of life. PR sheet.

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Who Am I? Who Are You? cover Who Am I? Who Are You?
By Heather Heathcock with Mary S. Palmer

A murderess, alcoholic mother's neglect makes her daughter vulnerable to abuse. The grandmother who tries to help blames all their troubles—violent deaths and problems the child has as a teenager—on The Family Curse. The theme moves from crime, to psychology, to survival and inspiration.

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Time Will Tell coverTime Will Tell
Now re-released from Decadent Publishing!

In the inner space of outer space, an Earthling, reporter Mona Stewart, discovers that living almost forever in idleness, without challenges, is much worse than having too much to do. The only reprieve from boredom for the Svarians is outwitting the Aliens.

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“Most fascinating book … before I found your books I was reading John Grisham books. I must say yours are more fascinating. I have a hard time putting the book down to work, sleep, eat; you have a way of keeping one’s attention. Thank you …”
—Judith F. Jacob, MSgt, TNANG (Ret)

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George Wallace: An Enigma coverGeorge Wallace: An Enigma, a factual account of the life of Alabama’s most controversial and divisive governor, has been released by Intellect Publishing.

Palmer has created a uniquely Southern style in telling this
story without losing the truth of Wallace’s many moral and
political contradictions that made him the ultimate prodigal
son of politics in the deep South.

—Patrick Miller, President, Southeastern Literary
Tourism Initiative

Author Mary Palmer takes us into the tumultuous political
scene of George Wallace.
George Wallace: An Enigma
reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly, of one of the most
controversial politicians of our time... and how his views
evolved over time.

—Cindy Ingram, Director of Satsuma Public Library

Mary Palmer has peered into the closet of George Corley Wallace and masterfully portrayed the man who might have been President of the United States of America, the little fighting judge, and the legendary Governor of Alabama. In a preface to this book, John O’Melveny Woods, the publisher asks: “Should I publish this book or not?” Thankfully, the answer was “yes,” because the public needs to know the real Wallace who was more, much more, than the icon known for his adamant stand in the schoolhouse door proclaiming “Segregation Forever.”

Palmer’s book bears an important foreword from George Wallace himself, so this account carries the Governor’s endorsement. He says: “I feel that this biography, by Mary S. Palmer, probably is the most unbiased, objective presentation of my true life story. While it is critical of my deficiencies, it also acknowledges my objective as a person as well as a politician.” Wallace notes that other biographies have made harsh judgments of him and portrayed him as a “bigoted racist with only his own interests at heart.” He hopes “that man is not me.”

George Wallace: An Enigma is a book of fairness and compassion. […] she gives a relevant historical perspective into the life and time of one of America’s most “complex, divisive and controversial governors.”

Mary Palmer’s book is a “must read,” not only because it is about a governor who would be President, but because it shows us the human side of success and failure. In many ways, the book discloses the sad realities of fame

—Sue Walker, Ph.D, Publisher of Negative Capability, Former Poet Laureate of Alabama, Former Chairperson of the English Department of the University of South Alabama

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Chance for Redemption coverQuestion of Time (Musa Publishing, 2014)
A science-fiction novel—the sequel to Time Will Tell

When aliens try to take over the world—starting with an attempt on the life of the President of the United States—can photo-journalist Mona Stewart Parker prevent the unthinkable from happening?

Mona’s marriage to Rob seems perfect. They share many interests: their jobs at the newspaper, a very bright son, and a home peers might envy.

Space creatures invading Earth change everything. Secrets are unveiled when Mona and Rob become their captives. In mid-conflict, where the Aliens try to force the Svarians to reveal cures for fatal diseases and the key to immortality, Rob has other issues to deal with. Illegal activity involving high-ranking politicians is about to be unveiled—and he must decide what to do about his implication. None of Rob’s choices are good. Confession could lead to divorce and a jail sentence; silence would mean living in constant fear of discovery. He will have to decide which has the less dire consequences.

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Chance for Redemption coverChance for Redemption (Westbow Press, 2013)
A fantasy novella

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When Jerome Strait is turned away from Heaven’s Gate, he’s shocked to find that he can’t buy his way into heaven. On Earth, money allowed him to have everything he wanted.

Now, he must return to earth, relive his life, and right all of his wrongs in order to be saved. Can this greedy, selfish man learn that the only lasting values are faith, hope, and love?

A guardian angel named Ezekiel is sent to help him. If Jerome fails to change and earn his redemption in the two days between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, his soul is lost forever. Will he be able to meet the challenge, or is he doomed to hell?

Baiting the Hook coverBaiting the Hook (Musa Publishing, 2012)
The sequel to To Catch a Fish
Co-author David V. Wilton

When the storms of life blow, can true love stay afloat?

Childhood friends Davey Simpson and Pokey Merrill overcame the lies that kept them apart and are now engaged to be married—and fighting to stay together and to stay alive.

Davey secretly infiltrates the KKK to protect his best friend, a black man running for governor of Alabama. Pokey secretly undergoes experimental surgery to regain the use of her legs. And both wonder if they are good enough to deserve the other’s love.

Amid murder and politics, Davey baits the hook to reel in the bad guys. Can he and Pokey survive the rough seas of insecurity, hatred and deceit? Can their love?

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To Catch a Fish coverTo Catch a Fish (2010)
Co-author David V. Wilton

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This novel stresses the sanctity of the sea, the importance of the Gulf waters, and lifelong loyalty and triumph over adversity.

As a young girl, Pokey has a life-threatening disease. Davey, a simple fisherman, is charged with the murder of a politician’s son. Ben, Alabama’s first black lieutenant governor, has to decide whether to resign to become his childhood friend’s attorney.

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Quest for Forgiveness coverQuest for Forgiveness (2009)
Co-author James McEnery

(Available only from Mary) This shockingly frank autobiography bares the soul of a young boy as he progresses on a lifelong journey seeking forgiveness of alcoholic parents who abandoned him. This caused him to be relegated to growing up in an institution. Later, he also has to seek God’s forgiveness and, the most difficult of all, forgiving himself.

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False Gods coverFalse Gods (2006)
Co-author Elizabeth T. Coffman, Ph.D.

The story of a man who is tempted by a quest for power. He exploits everyone to become a TV evangelist. It shows a person who made money his God and power his goal. Both became false gods.

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The Callings coverThe Callings (2003)
Co-author Loretta Theriot

A story of one man called by God and another called by the devil. Based on a true story of matricide, a teenager ends up in Angola’s Louisiana State Penitentiary.

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MemoraMobilia coverMemoraMOBILEia:
Alabama Gulf Coast Potpourri
Co-author Elizabeth Coffman, Ph.D.


Short Stories

“Raisin’ Cain,” a Mardi Gras-themed short story, won the Mobile Bay SELTI Tourism Writing Contest.

“Double Indemnity” in Faulkner University’s literary journal, Images in Ink.

“Maggie O’Hara” in Mobile Bay Tales, edited by Tom Franklin, author of Hell at the Breech

Short stories forthcoming in NEGATIVE CAPABILITY anthologies:

In Secrets—“The Reverend Reminisces”

In Alabama Places in Our Hearts—“Raisin’ Cain”


As Featured On EzineArticles My essay on my book, George Wallace: An Enigma, appears on Ezine Articles at

“The Big City—Then and Now” in New Orleans by New Orleans, from Bookbyauthor.


Included in several books and other publications.

Plays Produced

Murder, Most Southern

One Life, Much Influence—Knights of Columbus Alabama State Award 2015

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