Small Business Saturday: hardcover editions of Mary’s books available!

Thinking about Mary Doria Russell’s novels for holiday giving? Want to support a small independent bookstore, too? Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry can always provide you with signed personalized copies of the paperback editions, but this year the Cleveland Heights store has located a very limited number of fine, signed, first edition/first printing hardcover editions … Read more…

Yes, I’m writing a sequel to Doc.

When I was writing Doc, I believed it would be a stand-alone historical novel like A Thread of Grace or Dreamers of the Day. I thought the story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral was so well known, so much a part of American folklore, that there was no point in going back over … Read more…

Saying “No” to Hollywood

The Sparrow remains unfilmed, after 15 years of sustained effort by people passionate about getting a movie adaptation produced. What’s the problem? Here’s the conventional wisdom. There’s a big market for science fiction action movies, but despite the success of films like “Moon” and “Inception,” there’s no market for science fiction drama. As one insider … Read more…

A perfect day

March 22, 2012 7:40 AM Woke up feeling rested; I’m exercising again and sleeping better. Minimal bed-head, so I don’t look scary when I head downstairs to say bye to my husband. Don is on his way out of the house to have breakfast with his mom before he goes to work. He’s done this … Read more…

Write-in Candidate

It’s getting ugly out there on the campaign trail, but I am determined to keep running for president, as long as no actual physical running is involved, because I love my country enough to write a blog essay about it. In a stunning act of political courage, I would like to go on record: I … Read more…

Peggy Noonan mentions my run for the presidency!

Well, not mine, specifically, but she did refer in a sort of general way to my announcement back in July that I intended to form an exploratory committee to help me decide if I should get a reality show and/or be a commentator on radio and TV so I can talk about why I should … Read more…

What I hope for, from HBO.

Lots of readers are asking if I’ll be writing any episodes of the HBO series based on Doc. There’s a two-part answer to that question. Part 1: Not a chance. In Hollywood, it is customary to ignore the author of  “source material” once the rights to it have been secured. Producers and writers see only … Read more…

DOC on HBO

People, I have never kept a secret this long in my life. This has been brewing since June, 2011. Here’s what I heard originally:  Ron Howard’s father Rance Howard has a longtime fascination with Doc Holliday. He read Doc when it first came out and took it to his son Ron, who contacted HBO about … Read more…

Okay, I know they’re actors, but…

… when a gentleman dressed as Doc Holliday or Wyatt Earp stops by to chat at my book table, it is a thrill. Yesterday, I spent seven hours in the bookstore and gift shop at the O.K. Corral, while hundreds of people shuffled through, buying souvenirs and tickets to the gunfight reenactment done 2-3 times … Read more…