As a child, Mary Lou Widmer was entertained by the Sunday night vaudeville-style shows at City Park. She whiled away the summers blithely stringing clover necklaces and feasting on nickel snowballs that turned her tongue different colors. Her deep sense of family was fostered by the fact that
her parents, brother, and both sets of grandparents lived in various parts of
the same two-story double. Maybe that's why she favors Hallmark-type family stories; although she grew up during the Depression, Widmer has sweet memories of a simple childhood in her native New Orleans. Her popular historical series began as her reminiscences in print so that others might relive their own memories of New Orleans at that time.
Widmer graduated from Loyola University and then became a
high-school teacher of English, journalism, and history. She also has served as the president of the South Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers and has written several articles featured in New Orleans publications. She is a certified descendant of settlers in the area prior to the Louisiana Purchase and is a member of the Louisiana Colonials and the Daughters of 1812. She considers Rosamunde Pilcher her favorite author and enjoys reading suspense, historical novels, and family-based stories. Widmer, a mother of two and a grandmother of
four, resides in Kenner, Louisiana.
Mary Lou Widmer has an extensive writing background, including New Orleans in the Twenties, New Orleans in the Thirties, New Orleans in the Forties, New Orleans in the Fifties, New Orleans in the Sixties, and Margaret, Friend of Orphans.