Mary Ellis has written twelve award-winning novels set in the Amish community and several historical romances set during the Civil War. Her latest, THE LAST HEIRESS, released in 2015. MIDNIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI set in New Orleans is the first of a new contemporary mystery series, Secrets of the South. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. Mary enjoys traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming, and lives in Ohio with her husband, dog and cat.