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About Dragonfly Publishing

Dragonfly Publishing is a registered sole proprietorship self-publishing business in British Columbia, BC. It is an offshoot of Moon Willow Press, where I have traditionally published other authors. I closed submissions for a while there so that I could concentrate more on writing, and now I’ve partnered with Stormbird Press, in Australia, which will be acquiring many MWP titles.

You will find many free stories and a few MMO ideas here at the site as well! See Other Writings and Projects.

About Me

Hiking in the Burren, Ireland

My name is Mary Woodbury, but I write fiction under the pen name Clara Hume. I am revising my first published novel, Back to the Garden (Moon Willow Press, 2013), into the first part of the Wild Mountain Series–a trilogy of novels set in a speculative, post-apocalyptic world. Don’t worry: it’s not all doom and gloom. When humans in crisis–even in failing societies–help each other out, that’s where hope lives. The Wild Mountain series can be categorized as eco-speculative fiction.

I live with my husband and cats in the lower mainland of British Columbia. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and have fond memories of the bluegrass state, from Louisville to the Appalachian Mountains. Things to be sentimental about: shucky beans, cornbread, climbing mountains, spending time with family, bluegrass, fields of horses, and good ol’ bourbon. After growing up in the Midwest, from the cornfields of central Indiana to the Chicago suburbs, I attended Purdue University and earned degrees in English and anthropology. After college, I eventually made my way to the West coast, to California. There, I ran Jack Magazine (now archived at Stanford University), with Michael Rothenberg, of Big Bridge. I opened Moon Willow Press in 2010, a niche press publishing first-time authors–some who I had worked with at Jack.

I also run Eco-fiction.com, which includes information about environmental fiction, a database of hundreds of books, interviews with eco-authors, and much more, including probably the largest environmental song playlist ever. I opened the site in 2013, first concentrating on fiction about climate change and then broadening the scope, though climate change is still a focus. In early 2018 I launched the interactive portal to nature writing of all kinds (including prose and nonfiction) at Dragonfly.eco. These two sites go hand in hand, one being more informational and the other allowing authors to interact with readers and other authors. The Eco-Writers part of the site allows for you to register at the site, become a contributor, and share ideas.

My hobbies, besides reading and writing, mostly include the outdoors. I like being on trails, and love hanging out in rivers and oceans. When I’m home, I’d rather be in my yard tending to my small garden than doing almost anything else. Sometimes I just hang out in the backyard, drink red wine, and talk either to family or friends on the phone or with my husband when he’s not down in the woodshop creating things. I’ve seen some interesting wildlife in the back yard, including a black bear, who surprised me once when I was watering a tree, and a skunk who came out from under our deck to gather some weeds. My current project is growing pumpkins on a patio with trellises. We’ll see how that goes!