Mary King was born in southern New Jersey and grew up in Oklahoma City, OK, where she was adopted at the age of ten. Her writing has appeared in Quaint Magazine, the Toast, DAME magazine, The Rumpus, and Fit Small Business. She has a degree in English literature from Colgate University, where she has also been featured in the Living Writers program.

Her debut memoir, Bastards– the story of how she and her six biological siblings were separated by adoption–was published by W.W. Norton & Co. Mary is a Literary Death Match champion and an expert home cook.


  • Content Writing
  • Content Editing
  • Content Strategy
  • SEO editing
  • Sensitivity Reading (Adoption)
  • Proofreading
  • Copy Editing
  • Developmental Editing
  • Nonfiction Writing

Published Work

Service Journalism
(a sample)



Bastards is a love story about the most absurd, primal, inescapable relationship most of us will ever have; the relationship we have with our siblings.

It is the true story of seven biological siblings who were adopted by five different families, grew up apart, and eventually found one another again.


Literary rights

Lisa Gallagher
Literary Agent
DeFiore and Company
47 East 19th Street, 3rd Floor
New York NY 10003
Phone:  212-925-7744 ext. 107


For Freelance Writing/ Editing Inquiries


What Mary’s Clients & Co-workers say….

Mary King is a hospitality expert who keeps her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the industry. I’m always amazed at how she can look at market influences, business trends, and other hospitality industry parameters and then offer fresh perspectives you won’t find anywhere else. What impresses me most about Mary is her ability to get to the heart of what’s going on and generate on-target guidance to businesses and professionals in the hospitality industry. Very few business analysts in this field offer the deep level of wisdom that Mary dispenses on a regular basis. She’s truly an expert among experts.

Janette N.

Mary is by far one of the most talented writers and content strategists I have ever worked with in any capacity…The quality of Mary’s content and her far-reaching restaurant industry expertise were widely respected and recognized within the organization by other writers and editors, and outside the organization by media and other publications. I highly recommend Mary for any content role, and hope to have the pleasure of working with her again.

Meaghan B.