Fiza Pathan interviews Mary Smith

Reblogged from insaneowl: Fiza Pathan, author of Nirmala:The Mud Blossom, interviews Mary Smith… author of No More Mulberries and Drunk Chickens…

An instructive, educative, and revealing interview with Author, Poet, Journalist and Blogger: Mary Smith.
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FP: You describe yourself as an author, poet and journalist but, from all these three designations, which do you think defines you most of all?

Mary: I think it all depends on what I am working at the time! It’s probably the combination of all three which defines me. 

FP: Can you please give my readers a short biography about yourself?

Mary: I grew up in south west Scotland. When I left school I went to work in a bank. My mother had a dream I would become the country’s first female bank manager but I very soon realized this was not for me. I hated working with numbers. I travelled in Europe for a while and, on my return I started working with Oxfam in England.

My job was a combination of fundraising and trying to form public opinion on issues from the sale of arms to the adverse effects of promoting baby milk powder. During this time I visited Bangladesh on an official work tour and fell in love with the country. As I have not returned, I don’t know if my reaction was because it was the first country outside Europe I had visited and I hope one day to return to see if it still makes me feel the same.

A few years later, I went to Pakistan on what was a life-changing holiday. While there I visited the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Control Centre in Karachi, with an introduction from someone in Oxfam. I was deeply impressed with the work I saw and wanted to be a part of it. I went out to Pakistan on a three-year contract. At the end of it, I signed up again, but this time to work in Afghanistan. I had already started writing articles and was working on the non-fiction book when I returned to Europe.

To continue reading please click the link: Author Interview: Mary Smith | insaneowl

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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2 Responses to Fiza Pathan interviews Mary Smith

  1. Mary Smith says:

    Thanks for reblogging, Sue.


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