“It’s said that time is a river without banks, a surging flood that eventually sweeps us all away, and what is not fixed is lost. Words are my defense against the flood.”
Mallory M. O’Connor, Micanopy, Florida
In 1961, I went to the University of California to study art, married my painting instructor, moved to Mexico and had a baby. In 1965, I moved to Ohio where I received three degrees from Ohio University in Art, American Cultural and Intellectual History, and Art History.
For the next seven years, I taught art history at the University of Florida, and also took classes in Journalism, worked as a staff writer for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was a feature writer for Business to Business magazine and published articles in American Indian Art Magazine, The Journal of Popular Culture, Florida Humanities Council Forum Magazine, and the Women’s Art Journal.
I also wrote five novels. In the 1980s, I was represented by two literary agents in New York, but my novels were deemed to be “too feminist” to appeal to general readers.
For ten years I was director of the Thomas Center Gallery, the City of Gainesville’s municipal art gallery, where I organized art exhibits and wrote copy for catalogues, brochures and press releases. Then I taught art history for ten years at Santa Fe College in Gainesville and wrote two art history books that were published by the University Press of Florida.
When I retired from teaching, I returned to writing fiction. I have recently finished American River: Tributaries, the first book of the American River Trilogy. The second book, American River: Currents, and book three, American River: Confluence, are also complete.