maryMary Monaghan’s roots are in Ireland, born to parents from Ballinrobe, Co.Mayo, Ireland. She was educated at St. Mary’s Convent Cambridge and studied for a degree in languages at Westfield College, University of London.

She moved to South Africa in 1981, pursuing a career in Johannesburg before moving to the Western Cape in 2000. She pursues varied interests both commercial and personal, and continues to write, learn new languages and travels frequently to Europe and the United States. Her recent consulting work has taken her to Madagascar, DRC and Burkina Faso.

As well as being a writer she is a speaker and also facilitates change and leadership development interventions. She is a certified coach through Results Coaching International (ICF accredited) and consults companies throughout both English and French speaking Africa. She has a passion for helping people develop themselves to be the very best they can be.

Mary Monaghan is the author of Remember Me? (Melkbosstrand, South Africa: Tortoise Press, 2006), which she has adapted into a screenplay and Who Do You Belong To? (Melkbosstrand, South Africa: Tortoise Press, 2010).

She has also been published in Writing the Self: An Anthology of New Writing from Women's Writing Workshops (Muizenberg, South Africa: Women's Writing Workshops, 2008); Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths (Las Vegas: Turning Point International, 2010); The Ultimate Runner: Stories and Advice to Keep You Moving (Deerfield Beach, FL: HCI Books, 2010) and Life Choices: Pursuing Your Passion (Las Vegas: Turning Point International, 2011).

Together with her sister Kathryn O'Connell she has published her mother's journal Green Are the Hills Far Away (Melkbosstrand, South Africa: Tortoise Press, 2011).

Mary has a passion for travel and exploring new places, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the great outdoors.