Local author finishes third novel
Book release set for Saturday in Eagle River
Eagle River’s Mary Ann Poll poses with her latest novel, “Gorgon,” at the Star office Oct. 2.
Fifteen years ago, Mary Ann Poll ruptured a disk in her neck.
Little did she know the injury would turn into a new career.
While restricted to the couch, Poll read about 100 books in three months. A friend suggested that Poll — who had written music and poetry — try her hand at fiction.
“I sat down and wrote a prologue, and I was hooked,” Poll said.
Poll’s third book in a supernatural thriller series, “Gorgon,” is now available online and a book release will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eagle River Fred Meyer, which also sells all of Poll’s books.
Poll is donating 40 percent of her proceeds from sales. Half is going to Alaska Medical Missions and the other half to Friends of Pets.
“They’re such good groups,” Poll said. “I love people and pets.”
Like the other two books, “Gorgon” — published by Anchorage-based Publication Consultants — is set in Alaska and main characters Kat and Bart are tasked with finding the connection between murders that occur in towns hundreds of miles apart.
“It’s the epic battle between good and evil,” Poll said.
Poll, of Eagle River, said her books don’t fit into one genre.
“It mixes mysteries and thrillers and the supernatural,” she said.
Writing novels is labor intensive, Poll said, but also rewarding.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the most fun I’ve ever had,” she said. “I love it.”
Once Poll started writing novels, she was hooked.
“It’s a passion you can’t stop,” she said.
Poll is already conducting research for her fourth book and plans to start writing next month.
“There’s no end in sight right now,” she said.