About Mary Alexander

Journalism… I spent many years as a feature journalist, writing for a huge variety of consumer and corporate outlets.

Consumer press…Writing for outlets as diverse as Teletext, the Guardian’s Women’s Pages, Guardian’s Money pages, and magazines including Good Housekeeping and Pregnancy and Birth.

B2B copy…Researched and wrote corporate copy for Prudential’s in-house magazine, Pru News and volunteered for Crisis, writing newsletters and promotional material.

Non Fiction… I researched and wrote my first book, about children’s vaccination, following my daughter’s life threatening reaction to a vaccine.

I worked for a small publishing company, Pocket Issue, which produced succinct and punchy books covering the big issues of the day, in book and audio form. As well as editing and commissioning titles, I wrote three books on health issues for Pocket Issue.

Ghostwriting…I ghosted a memoir for a mother turned escort girl. This spent months in the Sunday Times bestseller lists and was optioned by Channel 4. I’ve ghosted two more memoirs since then. I’m still ghostwriting and helping clients with books they have started, so if you want your story told, or need any kind of writing assistance, please get in touch.

Digital… Together with two partners, I set up a luxury boutique lifestyle website, myfriendslike.co.uk. For three years I worked as founding editor and writer. I currently write as a reviewer and feature writer for writingtimes.co.uk.

Fiction….In April 2015, one of my short stories, Tea and Cakes, was longlisted for the Mogford Prize. In June 2019, my novel about Penelope Betjeman, the wife of John Betjeman, is being published.

My first book of short stories was published in November 2016.

Education… I have a business studies degree, a diploma in Periodical Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing.