She found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her books. Her latest novel, THE BUTTERFLY'S DAUGHTER (May 2011), is set against the phenomenal migration of the endangered monarch butterfly. She has also explored the problems of endangered sea turtles (THE BEACH HOUSE, SWIMMING LESSONS, and her first children's book, TURTLE SUMMER), raptors (SKYWARD), the indigenous grass and endangered coastal ecosystem of South Carolina (SWEETGRASS), the rivers and mountains of North Carolina (TIME IS A RIVER), and the disappearing world of the coastal shrimping industry (LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA).
Mary Alice is an active conservationist who is a board member of the South Carolina Aquarium and is a member of the Isle of Palms/Sullivan’s Island Turtle Team.