Born in the Bronx, raised in Miami, relocated to Houston - Mary is of Puerto Rican descent, a mother to four grown children, "Mimi" to a couple of gorgeous grandchildren, and happily married (the second time around) to a phenomenal man for twenty-two years. Mary A. Perez is the author of "Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace," her debut memoir of the turbulent and uncertain childhood she survived, unlike her sister. Mary was born to a Puerto Rican immigrant family in the Bronx of New York and moved to Miami, Florida in 1962. Her childhood story played out against the backdrop of constant social change which defined the 1960s and forever altered the landscape for future generations. With political tensions of the time raging during the Vietnam War, there was a personal war within Mary's own family dominating her life. Her future held little hope for a precious girl who lived through more traumas before her adult years than most live in a lifetime. As she cleaved to the Godly faith that her grandparents instilled in her at an early age, she still found the courage to persevere through her young adulthood seeking the peace and serenity they had shown her, though it continued to be an elusive ambition. As you get to know Mary in the pages of this moving story of hope and forgiveness, you will be overcome by the power of a grandparent's love for their granddaughter, a child's quiet understanding of God's path for her, and the way in which Mary turned a life of peril into a life of promise. This book will leave you with the undeniable power of faith, hope, and love. Mary began writing her memoirs in 2008 and continues to share her inspiring outlook with her writers group and fans through her blog. Her award-winning essays have appeared in La Respuesta and Sofrito for Your Soul. Mary A. Perez was born in the Bronx, raised in Miami, and now resides in Texas with her husband of nearly twenty years. Her award-winning essays have appeared in La Respuesta and Sofrito for Your Soul. This is her first book.
"I honestly believed Nicholas Sparks was the only author who would make me cry . . . but along came Running in Heels that within a few pages had tears running down my cheeks. I literally devoured this book." - Silvia Martinez "A universal tale written with clarity and elegance. An honest, open and blameless account that is highly recommended for book groups and faith groups." - Charli Mills "This story stays with you long after you turn the last page." - K. Nelson "You cannot simply read this book; it must be gobbled. It should be required reading for high school students. Drug and alcohol abuse harms not only the addict and the people who love them, but also the little lives they bring into the world." - KAN "The end of story irony blew me away. Who could be that forgiving? Mary could! From the depths to the triumphs, Mary A. Perez had me from hello." - Lynne Gregg "Stunning! Riveting. Raw. The story will break open your heart with Mary's vulnerability and strength. There are few people that could come out of the darkness like she did. The fact that this isn't fiction is mind blowing. This is a life preserver for anyone experiencing similar circumstances." - Boymama "Mary's book is exceptionally well written, never allowing for boredom! It's a classic, must-read story of redemption for women and teenage girls who wish to avoid or recover from similar heartache. Well done, Mary Perez!" - Rhonda Tarver "The moment I started it, I had echoes of The Glass Castle. This is recommended for anyone who loved Walls' memoirs, as they have some strong parallels." - Kath Cross "This book was my book club's read this month. Wonderful story about determination, forgiveness, spirituality, and fulfillment. I purchased two more copies as gifts." - Amazon Customer "This could have been anyone's story. It's relatable, emotional, and raw." - KGR "Cunning and deeply profound tale of strength and hardship. The reader will see Mary's pain and struggles while taking a seedy tour of America's history. Generally well-written and soulful, this is a raw and colorful piece of art." - Celia "Gripping story and superb writing. This book will make you grateful for the life you have as you walk through the pain and heartbreak that Mary went through. You will be moved." - Howard Partridge, CEO Phenomenal Products, motivational speaker & business coach "Enthralling. I found myself staying up late into the night because I just had to know what the next page would bring. You feel the heartbreak of a little girl, the turmoil of a troubled young woman, and the peace and beauty of the woman she grows into." - LoveBug1987 "A lesson of dignity! An engrossing story with a gutsy protagonist who battles adversity." - Penelope James "A heart-wrenching testament to perseverance in the face of constant physical and emotional violence. An honest portrait of abuse within two generations, chronicling the author's long and often painful journey to recover her life and her faith within a most difficult legacy." - Rita M. Gardner, author of "THE COCONUT LATITUDES: Secrets, Storms and Survival in the Caribbean"