Purl, Mara
Birth City: 
New Haven
Birth State: 
CT
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author & Speaker
Biography: 

Best-selling author Mara Purl lives in Colorado Springs and in Los Angeles, and writes the Milford-Haven Novels & Stories, set on California's Central Coast. A former journalist who wrote for the Associated Press, Rolling Stone and the London Financial Times, she was also an actress best known for her role of Darla Cook in "Days of Our Lives." Her radio drama "Milford-Haven U.S.A." was a hit on BBC Radio with 4.5 million listeners throughout the U.K..

Mara served on the Community Board that raised funds to complete renovation of the Colorado Springs Carnegie Library, has been a guest professor at Colorado College and UCCS, and is a former president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

Awards/Honors: 
ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist Award (2)
USA Book News Best Book Award (4)
Indie Excellence Award (3)
EVVY Award (2)
Benjamin Franklin Award
L.A. County Woman of the Year Award
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and Music, Bennington College
Organizations: 
Authors Guild - Writers Guild of America West - Women Writing the West - Author U
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The Writing Process - Creativity - Fictional World Building - Living from the Heart - Integrity of Brand - Publishing Process - What Matters Most - Story Research
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