Mari Barnes

Mari Barnes – Ghostwriter

A proud Word Nerd with more than 30 years' experience. I know where the commas go...and where they don't.


I adore childrens' books and have ghostwritten 5 of them. Partnering with authors to make good books better is a passion of mine; mystery/thrillers, fantasy, historical and science fiction are my favorites. I've edited several Christian fiction novels. An author myself, I understand how precious our work is to us. I'm patient, respectful, honest and deadline-driven.
African American Fiction Christian Fiction Cozy Mysteries Historical Romance Middle Grade Picture Books
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction
English (US)

Work experience


May, 2010 — Present


Cracked Magic

Mari Lumpkin

Aiko Brass and her best friend, Candace Faulkner, have been preparing for the adventure of a lifetime for as long as they can remember. But are they ready to take on a world unlike anything they’ve ever imagined? Welcome to Terrene! A land of natural magic whe... read more
God moves mightily in the lives of four young women. They were called and chosen of God before the beginning of time to do a work in the Kingdom of God. The devil tricked them into the vilest of lifestyles-prostitution; a sin that causes that self-righteous, j... read more
Deanna “Dee” Ramsey is NOT nosy, but things at Chicago’s River Jordan Church give her reasons to snoop. Trouble brews when feuding factions become TWO churches, sharing the building they’ve literally split down the middle. After the separation, the Mothers Boa... read more
There aren’t many black people with blond hair and blue eyes, so members of the Bradley family turned heads wherever they went. The stock market crash of 1929 causes some of the Bradley family to move from Florida to the Windy City of Chicago, where God begins... read more
A little girl's drawing decides that it's a great work of art that the whole world should see. Follow Ruby's Red Squiggle as she races through an art museum, trying to find a place to belong. Introduces young readers to an array or art genres and museum career... read more
A Straw Hat So Big

Lori Bortnick

Mei vacations with a loving grandmother who gives her too many gifts. Opportunities to practice several math operations and concepts. Learn about patterns and math vocabulary. Paperback includes drawing pages and a paper doll.

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