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Mary Hutchings Reed has always wanted to be a writer, and remembers fondly a toy printing press with handset type on which she wrote her first poem. Now a novelist and playwright, in addition to practicing advertising, entertainment, and media law with Winston & Strawn, Chicago, her fiction has appeared in ARS Medica, The Ligourian, and The Tampa Review. Warming Up is her seventh novel and the second to find its way to print. Her first, Courting Kathleen Hannigan, was published in 2007, and her musical, Fairways, has been produced three times in the Chicago area, including its 2006 premiere at Steel Beam Theatre, St. Charles, Illinois.
Mary lives with her husband, Bill, in Chicago, where she was named "2012 Lawyer of the Year" in Advertising Law by Best Lawyers. She is a graduate of Brown University with a combined bachelor's degree in public policy making and a master's degree in economics. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is represented by April Eberhardt of April Eberhardt Literary of San Francisco.
Mary is pleased to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of Warming Up to The Night Ministry, which serves the homeless in Chicago, an organization she strongly supports. Visit Mary at maryhutchingsreed.com.


"Reed's charming novel stars a neurotic singer with mother issues who has been avoiding auditions and attending frustrating therapy sessions instead. When Cecilia meets a homeless boy on the streets, however, her life takes a risky new direction. A well-written, endearing book that surprises . . . "
-Kirkus Reviews

"Reed engages the reader from page to page toward a satisfyingly cozy niche for all ofher characters, never losing s-Barbara Scott, founder of A Woman's Write

"To read Warming Up is to enter a story that keeps you eager to know what evercompelling twist is just beyond the next page."
-Lucia Blinn, author of We Called It "The Country"

"Only an ingenious writer gifted with imagination, heart, and courage could bring together the characters in this book, with the result that the reader cannot turn pages fast enough to be rewarded with basic truth-that caring for someone else and accepting yourself, even when your own life is forcing harsh truths on you, can break the bonds of fear and allow love to thrive."
-Enid Powe ll, author of To Tell You The Truth and Other Fictions

"As in her first novel, Courting Kathleen Hannigan, Reed draws you into a compelling story and immerses you in a fulfilling and heart-warming experience."
-Marjie Rynears on, author of Gentle Vignettes and Elements of Story Structure

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