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Curl Friend Highlight

You have probably heard us use the term, “You are more than a head of hair, you are family!” We believe this through and through! When a family member does something amazing, you want to shout it to the world! For us; we have the same feeling for our Curl Friends. Let us introduce you to our Curl Friend and loyal guest, Mary Ann Koontz. Mary Ann has been a part of Pin-Up Curls before it was even born! She started as a guest of Erin’s (owner) when Pin-Up Curls was just a dream. She followed us on our journey of becoming Pin-Up Curls in 2011. With Erin focusing on being a full-time owner; Maryann is now a client of Sam’s. One of her favorite things about visiting the Curl is those relaxing shampoos and how she feels when she leaves. We are so lucky to have Mary Ann as part of our Curl Gang. Not only is she an amazing guest, but she is also an amazing author of 4 books, one of which she co-authored with her granddaughter during quarantine last year. One of our Curls, Lindsay, was lucky enough to interview Mary Ann, you can view the full interview on our Facebook and IG TV. Mary Ann is such a talented person and joy to be around, we wanted to share a little bit about her with all of you.

Mary Ann started her writing career while staying home with her young children. She took a course on Writing for Children and Teenagers and then began writing short stories for a newspaper in the Chicago suburbs. As the years went by Mary Ann worked in the schools as various aids and then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree. She started working as a Social Worker in Illinois and later moved back to Fort Wayne and taught classes in Social Work at the University of Saint Francis. Her love of writing was still there and she began writing short stories in 2013 for Country Magazine and Country Extra. She continues to write short stories in Country, with her latest one being published in the December 2020/January 2021 issue, titled “Tied in a Bow,” inspired by memories of family dinners at her Grandparents.

Mary Ann decided to take her passion for writing to the next level in 2017, when she published her first book, Shards of Trust. A mystery packed thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. At the end of 2019 she published her second book, The Cry Beyond the Door, a stand alone sequel to Shards of Trust. Murder 20/20, a Speed City Sisters Crime Anthology featuring short stories by 17 Indiana authors, including Mary Ann Koontz (M.A. Koontz), was published in May of 2020. Her latest book, Maybe,Just Maybe, that was published in September of 2020 was co-authored with her then eight year old granddaughter, Hailey. During quarantine Mary Ann and Hailey found different ways to communicate via Zoom and numerous phone calls and that is how Maybe,Just Maybe was written. A children’s story about a girl going into third grade, who is a little nervous of how the year will turn out.

What a great way for Mary Ann and Hailey to stay connected and create something great together during a not so fun time! All four of Mary Ann’s books can be purchased at Pin-Up Curls, Amazon, or on her website, makoontz.com.

If you would like to meet Mary Ann in person, she will be at the Allen County Public Library (Main Branch in downtown Fort Wayne) on April 10th as their Featured local Author. She will have all her books available for purchase and would be happy to sign copies of her books you may have purchased from us or the other places her books are sold. Her granddaughter, Hailey, co-author of Maybe,Just Maybe will also be joining her that day. What a fun event for you and your young readers to attend and meet an author and one who is around their age. For more information please head to Mary Ann’s Facebook page,M.A. Koontz/Author or visit her website.