Mary Ann Claud grew up in Lancaster, South Carolina and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Converse College. She began writing after moving to Tryon N.C. in the early 70’s. In 1976, she was offered a job writing a front page Sunday column for the Hendersonville (N.C.)Times News.
During the ten years she continued to work as a columnist, she attended week-
With guidance and help from her editors at Lystra Books, Claud took a break from fiction in 2015. In her third book, Blue Ridge Pilgrimage, she revisits some of her favorite columns, first published in the Times–News, describing the many charms of the Southern Appalachian region where she makes her home.