Hello, my name is Mary K Gowdy, and I'm the author of the gothic fantasy series The One and the Other. The first in the series The One-Sided Coin was released in 2020, and the next installment will come out next year. You can read more about the series here.
I grew up in the South, writing since I could hold a pencil. I received my bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of North Texas. When not writing, I enjoy rock climbing, listening to metal music, and convincing people that poetry is nothing to be afraid of.
My influences are authors Libba Bray, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and Frances Hardinge and the TV shows Person of Interest, Lost, and Buffy. Music is where I find most of my inspiration, though fair warning: I am a metalhead. Some of my favorite bands are Epica, Tristania, and 10 Years.
I didn't seriously start writing poetry till college because it took me a long time to realize I had something to say. Since then, my poems have appeared in literary magazines such as Better Than Starbucks, Bridge: The Bluffton Literary Journal, and Sheila-Na-Gig. I've also released a chapbook Sensuality. and a full-length collection Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going?. You can read more about them here.
I write poetry about anything and everything. Some days I write scathing poems about Christian Nationalism, and others sensual poems meant to capture the way music makes me feel. Poetry is how I reconcile what I have felt to be the disjointed parts of my personality--the liberal Christian, the good girl who is often denied a sexuality but writes erotic poetry, and the quiet one with strong opinions and a taste for aggressive music.
Welcome to my words and my mind. I hope you find something to take with you.